BOOK REVIEW: fire storm by lauren st john

19 January 2014

Series: The One Dollar Horse #3
Title: Fire Storm
Author: Lauren St John
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: March 6th 2014
Genre: Young Adult {YA}, Horses, Coming-of-Age, Romance, Action
Format: Proof
Pages: 224
Reviewed For: Guardian Children's Books
Summary: Teenage eventing star Casey Blue has it all - fame, her champion horse Storm and a boyfriend who loves her.
Then Kyle West walks into her life. The country's hottest equestrian coach is also drop dead gorgeous and Casey knows right away that she's in trouble. But who is Kyle and why are there so many unanswered questions about his past? And what is his connection to Anna Sparks, Casey's old rival?
As the Burghley Horse Trials approaches, it becomes clear that what is at stake is not just the Grand Slam but Casey's life. -from goodreads
Summed up in one word, Fire Storm was simply enthralling. I read it in one sitting, curled up in bed with a mug of tea; galloping through the pages as fast as a racing horse: absorbed from start to finish. The book is about chasing dreams; how if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything, but also has an underlying message running through the pages like a thread through a piece of cloth: honesty is everything. Honesty can change a person's life, and ultimately - even if you don't gain anything from it, even if you are likely to lose something if you don't lie - honesty is worth more than a golden medal.
Continuing on from Race the Wind, Casey Blue is still following her dreams, trying to win the Burghley Horse Trials and she couldn't have had a harder mission to accomplish. People are out to stop her, dangerous people that will stop at nothing - and while evading their attempts at ruining her ambitions, like avoiding balls in a dodge-ball game, Casey has a new horse to train and a relationship to keep up; Peter is slipping away from her and Casey is desperate for the glue that previously stuck them together to be reapplied. And on top of that, her coach, her confidant, and one of her best friends is keeping something from her.

Lauren St John certainly doesn't shy away from the action in the last book of The One Dollar Horse series, and, if anything, the tensions builds until it is stronger than a horse's muscles in Fire Storm. At first, i was a little sad that Storm Warning, the hero of the previous books had taken a backseat from the spotlight, but as i got to know the knew horse better; as i befriended him along with Casey, i didn't mind anymore. He was still there, he hadn't disappeared completely, and after all, he was still 'our' hero - he had just let someone else take center stage.
The characters were as vibrant as ever in this book. Casey, the flickering flame of hope and stubbornness - determined not to be snuffed out. Her coach, still dogged and head-strong despite 'her age'; Peter, the shoulder Casey could always rely on to be there for her to lean on and of course, the horses - like fireworks lighting up a dark night, they illuminated the book with their own personalities and traits. They were the 'old friends' in this book, but there were some new characters, and while they were not as familiar as the others, by the end of the book i could slip into their shoes and experience what was happening to them as easily as I could anyone elses.
Dramatic, lively and poignant, Fire Storm is a breath-taking ride into the conclusion of Casey's journey to achieve her dreams and it definitely didn't let me down. With a charming, but suspicious new character, pressure's rising as fast as a filling bottle, and a shocking revelation tossed into the mix for Casey; if you haven't read it yet then i'd advise you to get it right now. It's definitely not a book to be missed.
*Thank you to Guardian Children's Books for sending me thins free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic review, as always :) I don't usually read books about horses because they're not really my thing but this one sounds great. "galloping through the pages as fast as a racing horse" I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE. Mehehe.

    Glad you enjoy this series, Hawwa! Thanks for posting, ickle unicorn :3

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