By: Melanie | December 5, 2013 | (22) Comments

Blog Tour: Racing Savannah

Blog Tour: Racing SavannahRacing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks, #4
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: December 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 304
Source: For tour
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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…

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I think I’m getting to that point where I am insanely sick of contemporary romances. Six in a row is just about enough now. I’m quite sure, under different circumstances, I would have enjoyed this so much more but I wouldn’t give this more than 3.5 stars at the current situation.

How willing are you to risk everything to be with the one you love? Savannah and Jack come from two different backgrounds. She works at the stable while he lives in an estate house and owns the farm. She’s poor while he’s swimming in his wealth. She’s the one with big, dangerous ambitions and he’s the one that can make them come true. She’s the one that’s been warned that he’s not worth it. He’s the one that’s been told she’ll bring him down. But still, they want to be together no matter the odds.

Savannah has been around horses for most of her life; she trains them and finds herself in the stable most of the time. When she gets the opportunity to become a horse jockey, she wants it more than anything. Not only did I love Savannah’s passion for horses, but her humorous remarks kept me grinning like a fool. She doesn’t like being treated like shit and is a strong young woman. I loved her attitude and how determined she is. Moreover, I liked how she would go to her father and talk to him openly, other contemporaries have the MC closing up towards their parents, not telling them anything. Per contra, I struggled to get used to how observant Savannah could be. There was constantly the phrase: “He’s staring at me” or something like that. You’re not looking at him but you can still see him staring at you? Kinda creeeepy. Especially when it happens so many times.

Another aspect that shined was the friendships. Rory and Vanessa’s relationship with Savannah was truly amazing. The three would stick up for each other and were totally honest. Exactly what an authentic friendship is like. For example: Rory and Vanessa offered to kick Jack’s ass because he was being a dickhead.

For me, what did not make this a hugely lovable novel were Jack and the romance. Unfortunately, I struggled to like Jack for half of the story. Savannah and Jack’s connection was so hot and cold and too fast. I get that Jack’s nature is to flirt, but I seriously hated his approach sometimes. There’s something about flirty cocky guy gone all gooey and sweet that just doesn’t work for me. I would have preferred if there was a better build up.

All in all, Racing Savannah was a great read even though I failed to connect with Jack or believe in the romance 100%. This was my first Miranda Kenneally novel, and I think I am willing to try her previous ones.

~Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for sending me this copy!~

3.5 Stars


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About Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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22 Responses to Blog Tour: Racing Savannah

  1. Rachel says:

    Jack sounds like kind of a jerk. I can see how it might be hard to get fully invested in a romance where you don’t like the guy. Great review, Melanie! Hopefully you won’t have to pick up a contemporary romance for a while. Sounds like you have some burnout, which is understandable. 🙂
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  2. Yes I think if you read too much of one genre in one go, you get really sick of it. I like the horses in here but it’s a shame you couldn’t connect with the romance. Great review Mel!
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  3. Sara says:

    This book sounds really interesting!

  4. Chanpreet says:

    This book packs a two punch TKO. One, I’ve always loved horses and have found them fascinating although almost all of my experiences have been limited to reading them and seeing them. Secondly, for some reason I’ve always loved stories where opposites especially those who huge hurdles to overcome have been thrown together. Rich and poor is obviously the most common one, but I love to read about characters who not only fall in love but also work together to make it stick.

    Your review makes me want to call in sick to work and sit down and read this book right now!

  5. Emily says:

    Oooh! I really want to read this one; I used to ride horses, and I still love horses, and I’d love to see a romance that takes place in the stable yard xD But I’m sorry you didn’t connect with the characters, Mel 🙁 It seems this has happened with several other readers as well! But I’m glad you did enjoy it over all 🙂
    Fantastic review as always Mel!!! <33
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  6. Giselle says:

    Wow 6 in a row >.< I can only take so much romance, too, as it's not my go-to genre at all but this series has a special place in my heart! 😀 I love the characters and how we see cameos of everyone, and the humor is awesome. You totes have to read Catching Jordan! I wasn't sure about Jack at first either but he surprised me and I ended up really liking him. Glad you still liked it even though you were kinda drained on the genre. Go read a good gory horror! Lol But I know how you feel – I just DNFed my 3rd book in almost a row. Booo!
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  7. Tanja says:

    *whistles* These boots are made for walking…la la la* Ahm, I have heard great things about this book but believe it or not I haven’t got to read them yet. I know I should and once I start I won’t be able to stop. But the reason I’m not reading it because I’m already sick of contemps. I’m avoiding them for now. I’m sorry this one was a bit disappointing to you. Great review, Mel :))
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  8. _Sandra_ says:

    Summer is gone and with it so is my will to read romance books. Not sure how those two is connected, but that’s just the way it is in my case. Shame on me, but I still haven’t had a chance to read any of Miranda Kenneally’s books, although they’ve been on my TBR list for quite some time now. Definitely plan to rectify that in a near future. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the book as much as you hoped you would, but I guess contemporary/romance saturation would do that to a person. Great review!

  9. Stephanie B says:

    Hmmm, honestly, the cover doesn’t excite me that much but the story actually sounds pretty cute. Great review, Mel!
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  10. ~Angie~ says:

    Great review! I’m not much for contemporary romance either!

  11. Lexa Cain says:

    You did such a good job of balancing the review between the good points and the not-so-good. It sounds like this would be a fun book for teens still in the horse-crazy phase. Thanks for the info! 🙂
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  12. I am sorry this didn’t appeal to you more. I know what you mean though about contemporary romances, I can only read them sparingly. I do enjoy Kennealy’s books because I think her characters are realistic and I like the current topics she tackles. I hope you will give one of her other books a try.
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  13. TayteH says:

    Thank you! I can’t wait to read this book. I loved Things I Can’t Forget. 😀
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  14. Recently I’ve been on a huge contemporary romance kick where I’m just devouring all of the romance books that I can handle. I definitely agree with you about Savannah’s friendships with Rory and Vanessa, they were absolutely adorable. Savannah was also determined and instantly likable, like you said.

    Fantastic review, Melanie, I’m glad you still liked this overall even though Jack irked you at first.
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  15. Chanpreet says:

    I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this in two days! I love Miranda Kenneally’s books. I can’t wait to see what she did with this one!

  16. Maricris Patrimonio Dimla says:

    I haven’t read this one and Things I can’t Forget. I’ve only read Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker from Miranda Kenneally’s books and i loved them! Im hoping to love the other two books as well. This is a good review even though you didn’t like it that much. I recommend you to read Catching Jordan! ^_^

  17. Melliane says:

    lol you’re right, it’s kind of creepy it she says that a lot. It sounds like a nice story even if not the awesome one you thought. Thanks for your nice review!
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  18. This book looks really cute. I’ve been seeing it around a lot and even though I’m super picky with contemporary reads..I’m putting it on my maybe list 🙂
    Thanks Mel! 🙂

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