(Blog Tour) ARC Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kennally

December 4, 2013 Blog Tour, Review 30 ★★★½

(Blog Tour) ARC Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kennally
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kennally
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Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 304
Release Date: December 3rd, 2013
Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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…

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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My thoughts on RACING SAVANNAH, while mostly positive, are hard to organize. Because of that, I have made two lists, one for Pros and one for Cons. Bottom line is you liked Miranda Kenneally’s other works like I do, you will be a fan of this book!

Pro: The relationships. Everyone knows how much I love romance, and this book delievered that. However, that was not the best point in this pro. RACING SAVANNAH dealt with the non-romantic types of relationships as well (which we need more of in YA!) like familial and the bond between friends. This book really explores the various types of love in live, whether it is with a parent or just a friend and I thought that was fantastic.

Con: Pacing. I had a few issues with the pace of the story. The true plot of the story, which involved Jack and Savannah, moved rather slowly. Although I would generally appreciate that, the focus on other characters was a bit distracting from the true story. However, it is with the inclusion of these minor characters that I liked the book so much so take from that what you will.

Pro: Horses! I love horses, they are amazing beasts. Kenneally is either very familiar with the subject or did a lot of research because everything I know seems to be spot on with reality. It made the story all the more believable and realistic.

Pro: Classes. Going to get a bit off topic for a second, bare with me. The main reason Historical Romance is a favorite of mine is because of the huge focus between romance-usually between one poor and one rich character. RACING SAVANNAH did just that and it was dealt with awesomely. I am a huge fan of the “you can love someone no matter who they are or what they do” so it was great to see that in a YA novel.

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Rating Report
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Overall: 3.8

30 Responses to “(Blog Tour) ARC Review: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kennally”

  1. Kezia

    I haven’t read any Miranda Kenneally’s books but I’m definitely interested in starting her Hundred Oaks series. :) I have only read few books which focus on sports so I think it would be a breath of fresh air to read about them. I’m not a fan of slow pacing though…but I guess I could deal with it since I love well developed relationships, whether romantic or non-romantic :D Great review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      The pacing wasn’t too bad, I just am a little impatient xD I love girls in sports though, and Kenneally does that so well. Thanks!

  2. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Agreed, the best part of this novel was the non-romantic relationships! Vanessa and Rory (I think that’s their names) were the greatest friends with Savannah. I wasn’t 100% on the romance but i still liked it.

    Great review, hun! <33

  3. Tanja

    I cannot believe I still haven’t read any book in this series when I have heard such amazing things about these books. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one and this whole classes thing is fave of mine in historical books too. Great review :)
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  4. Giselle

    Great review! Glad you liked it even with your trouble with the pacing. I loved the characters in this one – and all of her books. I also liked how it brought up difference in classes and how people can still be together regardless of their families or wealth. Glad you liked it, Alise! :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Yeah, I am a huge advocate for romances like that-class should not matter in love. I agree, her characters are always fantastic!

  5. Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    I’ve heard similar things about this book, but the others still overall enjoyed it as well. I’ve not started the series, but I’ve had Catching Jordan since it released. *Sigh.That tbr pile sitting on my bookshelf is ridiculous! Great review. I really do want to start these books :)
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  6. Andreea

    I am not sure I want to read this one, although I like the synopsis.But I have so many books to read and I only want to read great ones, so I think this one would just be okay, so there’s no time to read an ‘okay’ book. Glad you enjoyed parts of it, though.

    Andreea
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  7. Delaney

    Keanelly writes lots of amazing stories of girls doing things that guys do and maybe doing it better than they do! But I haven’t read any of her books to say if they are good, but I love the synopsis for each one. GIRL POWA! But onto the romance: I love well developed romance! That is just my guilty pleasure right there. >___< And oh gosh this one hear, sounds adorable with the whole class and everythang.
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  8. Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

    I absolutely loved Racing Savannah, it’s my favorite of Miranda Kenneally’s. I think it’s because of Savannah and Jack and the class issues. Even though my favorite relationship was Savannah and Jack’s, I think you’re totally right about the showcasing of all the other relationships as well. I didn’t know where Miranda was going with the relationship with Savannah’s step-mom figure but I actually really enjoyed reading it because it wasn’t what I was expecting!
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    • Alise

      YES. The class issues were dealt with amazingly, I love a romance like that. The step-mom relationship was a really great part in the novel because as you said, it was unpredictable!

  9. Mary Had a Little Book Blog

    Great review! I totally agree it seemed a bit too slow at times, but the romance is top notch as well as the adorable friendship between Savannah, Rory, and Vanessa. I actually got to interview Miranda for RS, and I asked her about the non-romantic relationships. She also said she did NOT know much about racing so she had to do tons of research for it.

    Mary @ Mary Had a Little Book Blog
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