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Taking the Reins Audiobook

Taking the Reins: The Rosewoods, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Brooklyn Prescott (if that's even her real name) is the new girl at The Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence, now that she's moved back to the States after two years living in London. Rosewood, a boarding school for children of the rich and famous and known for its celebutantes, is missing just one element important to any junior's education: boys. But luckily for Brooklyn, and the rest of the Rosewood girls, there's a boys' boarding school, The Westwood Academy, just a few miles away.

On her very first day, Brooklyn meets Will, a gorgeous and flirty boy on campus to help with move in. But is he who she thinks he is? And what about Brady, the cute stable boy? Or Jared, the former child actor with his grown-up good looks who can always make her laugh? As Brooklyn settles in at Rosewood, she's faced with new friends, new challenges and new opportunities to make herself into the girl she always wanted to be. Whoever that might be.

Taking the Reins is the first installment of The Rosewoods, an exciting new young adult series for listeners who love fun, flirty love stories.

©2014 Katrina Abbott (P)2017 Katrina Abbott

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    Tammy 06-14-17
    Tammy 06-14-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.

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    "fabulous listen"

    I was gifted this audio ARC for a honest and unbiased review from the author/narrator.
    Katrina Abbott did an outstanding job writing this YA book. It seems to be one of my favorite genre's.
    Ann Marie Gideon did a great job bringing the story to life. Her narrative voice was great and it was easy to differentiate between each character.
    Highly recommend this Audio Book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adriana B USA 05-15-17
    Adriana B USA 05-15-17 Member Since 2015

    Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato

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    "Great New Fun Teen/YA Series"

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was interesting and the characters likable. This is a Teen/YA Series which is one of my favorite genres. I'm young at heart!!!

    The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. Her intonation was great and it was easy to differentiate between characters.

    I'm looking forward to Katrina's next book in this series. This was a great start to a new series.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jstep 05-11-17
    jstep 05-11-17

    I'm a photographer from Metro Detroit and an avid reader and listener of a huge array of genres...everything from nonfiction to sci-fi, etc.

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    "A great start to a fun YA series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to friends ranging from junior high/high school to friends in their 20's. It's a fun, well written YA novel that reminded me a bit of Gossip Girl without the sex, drugs and ridiculous scandals. Everyone is kind and likable and it's a great start to the series. It's like a little bit more mature and current Sweet Valley High.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the main character, Brooklyn the most, as she is the main character and you get to know her the best through her character development.


    What does Ann Marie Gideon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ann Marie Gideon did a very good job narrating, in my opinion. She brought the characters to life with their various voices and reading the book just wouldn't have had the same affect.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is book one in a series. It introduced a lot of the main characters and set things up for future novels, and because of this, it never really grabbed me and made me want to binge listen, but I was perfectly happy to listen to it when driving or doing the dishes, etc. So while I didn't want to listen to it all in one sitting, I would imagine that the next books in the series will move much faster.


    Any additional comments?

    I would absolutely recommend this novel to my age appropriate friends. It was a fun story and I enjoy the whole setting and group of students. <br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Grantville Pa 04-23-17
    Amazon Customer Grantville Pa 04-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great read and great narration"

    Loved it! Narration was perfect! I wanted more! Can't wait for the next one to come out!

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    Kindle Customer 06-02-17
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    "Confusion"

    Shy girl trying to be more outgoing. Brooklyn doesn't have the experience to tell who is flirting and those who are more serious. Love the voice. To many audio books have voices that irritate!

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    Nomi 05-31-17
    Nomi 05-31-17 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "Meh"

    This whole book left me feeling very meh. It didn't hold my attention at all. The writing and characters seemed good enough. The story just didn't hold me.

    Decent narration. She did a good job.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Michelle 05-26-17
    Michelle 05-26-17
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    "FUN!!!"

    I enjoyed this book very much. I like really like Brooklyn Prescott and her story this far. I like the romance, chaos and joy of being young. I can't wait to listen to another in the series.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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    rhonda walker 05-10-17
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    "Taking the Reins"
    Would you try another book from Katrina Abbott and/or Ann Marie Gideon?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was alright.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ann Marie Gideon?

    Sure, the narration on this book was ok


    Could you see Taking the Reins being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't see this ever becoming a movie


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the <br/>author, narrator, or publisher.<br/>

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HeatherY 05-08-17
    HeatherY 05-08-17 Member Since 2013

    Devourer of fantasy and romance, lover of all things fiction. I can be reached at castawaycreations at gmail dot com about reviews.

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    "Welcome to Rosewood!"

    With a name like Brooklyn Prescott, you'd expect the new student at The Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence to be selfish, spoiled, and pretentious. Luckily for us, she's just the opposite, she's warm, down to earth, and eager to be accepted. Brooklyn is used to being the new girl at school as her family moves often for her father's job, but she's never been able to make close friends. When she arrives at her new all-girl academy, she vows to try to be more outgoing and fun. She gets the chance right away as she meets Will, a gorgeous guy from the nearby Westwood all-boys school. She also meets two other boys she's immediately attracted to, Brady in the school stables, and Jared at the school dance.

    There's not too much drama in this first book in the Rosewoods series, it's more about introducing us to the characters and their everyday life. I like the girls and their friendships feel real, it's nice to read a YA novel with no mean girl. Their conversations and the situations they get themselves into had me smiling through most of the book.

    Brooklyn is plain old boy crazy, she goes into mental raptures over every male in her vicinity. I get the impression that she'll fall for a hitching post if you spray a bit of cologne on it. It doesn't help that every single boy in the book is incredibly hot and smells like a mix of leather, wood, and pure sex. Not a pair of sticky out ears, acne spots, or bad breath among them.

    The narrator was a good choice, she put just the tiniest touch of a British accent in Brooklyn's voice, and her pace was perfect. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Oh My Days! I loved this!"

    Oh My Days! I loved this!

    I want to be a school girl again just to go to Rosewoods Academy. But not only would that mean time travel. It would also probably mean robbery. In order for to pay the fee’s to get into the illustrious school, but I would do all that just to get my hands on Brady!

    I am so Team Brady, is that saying too 2008? I don’t care I want me some Brady – If I could miraculously age him or de-age me, but everything is possible in the world of books right?

    Anyway onto the review………..

    Brooklyn is the new girl, an already difficult situation and to make things even harder she has a strange accent and has to hide aspects of her life because of her dad’s top secret job. Her first day doesn’t get off to a good start but she soon settles into the school and with her persona of ‘The New Brooklyn’ manages to fit in immediately. Not everything is simple for teenage girls however when boys and hormones become involved and Brooklyn is soon to this find out.

    Katrina expertly defined what it is like being a new girl and the difficulties and troubles that come with simply being a teenager. Anyone would think that at some point she had been a teenage gi…oh wait…… never mind.

    The camaraderie between the young girls made me look back at my high school years in fond memory. Even if mine had been hell. Then there are the boys. Brady, Will and Jared, Yum….The clear mixture and hints of not one but two love triangle’s (even if one may be considered a square?) made me just want to keep listening/reading.

    A strong lead is always enjoyable in a book but sometimes its nice to have a character like Brooklyn. She may see many faults in herself but is also aware of what she is good at willing to use this in order to achieve what she wants, even if it is to make cute Jared blush or get onto the Equestrian Team.

    Its also a nice change to have side characters that are not simply there as fodder but help with story development, clearly have pasts that are to be delved into and help shape Brooklyn as a character.

    If I had the ability and money I would one-click the rest of the series simply to find out what happens to Brooklyn and her friends. Is that good enough for would I recommend it? If not I certainly would. Anyone who loves a bit of contemporary, and YA/Teen romance will love this book and more than likely series.

    The audio-book aspect of this book was as equal to the actual story. The voice acting by Ann greatly aided character development as I was able to differentiate easily between the many young female characters within the story.

    Ann (as well as the way the story was written) allowed for me to develop a connection with Brooklyn the main character. Something that find vital in any story. Sometimes a book can become disconnected if you cannot understand motives of a protagonist or if they begin to aggravate you.

    I wasn’t able to stop listening to the book and cannot wait to read or listen to any further books/audio books within the series.

    A 5/5 stars for Taking the Reins, I would definitely re-listen to this and would recommend to anyone who likes a light, yet gripping, Teen/YA romance. Well worth the read.

    "I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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