Thu, December 5, 2013

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally Review

Racing Savannah book cover

Racing Savannah book cover

Racing Savannah
By Miranda Kenneally
Publication date: Dec. 3, 2013
Sourcebooks Fire, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

— Goodreads.com description

I haven’t read Things I Can’t Forget, but I definitely enjoyed Miranda Kenneally’s Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

They’ve fun, they’re light, they’re humorous, and — best of all — they’re about girls who are into sports. I think we don’t see that often enough in YA!

That being said — they’re not my favorite books of all time. I don’t get as committed to the characters as I know other readers who LOOOOVE them do, and I do get a little case of Old Lady Syndrome when I read ’em.

I felt very similarly about the latest in the series, Racing Savannah, though I loved its feature sport best of all: horse racing! I’m a huge horse racing fan,* so I had such fun as I read.

On the downside here, I didn’t care for the main boy! Boo! I thought he was a little shady, I guess?

So, I’d say: If you liked the other books, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

* Me at the Derby a few years ago!

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  1. Allie @ Little Birdie Books said:

    Yeah, I’ve only read Things I Can’t Forget, and I have to say I wasn’t keen. It was by no means a BAD book, I just didn’t feel connected to the characters and I didn’t find the plot engaging enough, I suppose.
    They’re definitely good for a rainy day though!

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  2. Neema said:

    I agree with that comment….i find it hard to invest time and interest into YA sports books.

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  3. Michelle said:

    I have read the three other Hundred Oaks books and they’re all part of my favourites. I already was going to get this one, but you’ve got me even more convinced.

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  4. Leandra Wallace said:

    Oh, horse racing! Love it- and I had no idea about this book, so thanks! And I like your hat. Looks like you went for cute and comfy and not- my god, what is that on your head?(which is my reaction to a lot of the hats that get worn to the Derby, lol!)

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  5. Alexa Y. said:

    I just adore the fact that it features horse racing. One of the things I wanted to do most as a kid was learn to ride a horse, so that appeals to me very much! (You look so cute at the Derby!)

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  6. Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally | Review |Katie's Book Blog said:

    […] Anna Reads’ review: ”So, I’d say: If you liked the other books, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.” […]

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