Clearwater Bay 1 ReviewIt took me several chapters to get into the story, but I am happy I did Some of the language was different than what I am used to, which made me pay attention The slang bogged me down, but after awhile it became familiar and easier to read Towards the end of the book the characters were fully developed and it felt like I was living life with them I found myself vested in the story and I couldn t wait to see what happened next I love a good ending and this one doesn t disappoint. Argh I seriously wish I had discovered Kate Lattey like 5 years from now I ve now read all she has out so far and am going to go crazy waiting for the next The Clearwater bay series is aimed a bit younger than the 2 Dream books, but that doesn t make it any less of an awesome read She s excellent with characters especially w YA I usually find that the main character has something that REALLY annoys me, but so far that has happened with Lattey s books And her horses are as well developed as characters as the people, which I appreciate Cannot wait for the next one. I wish Goodreads would let me choose 4.5 stars so I can leave half a star in case Clearwater Bay 2 is even better than Clearwater Bay 1.I enjoyed this book very much it took me back to my teenage years.The characters are realistic, the NZ horse scene was entertaining and I am now impatiently waiting for Against the clock to be released in April.I would recommend this book for YA readers, and even adults, who enjoy pony books. I ve enjoyed reading Flying Changes, about a girl whose life changes drastically Jay grew up in England Her mum has died so she goes to New Zealand to live with the father she has not seen since she was four she s now fourteen The bribe to get her here was the promise of a pony of her own The first half of the book is occupied with Jay getting used to the wild, open countryside, the beach and the people, her gruff father included Cooking and housekeeping are not his strong points Well, there had to be a reason why the family broke up Jay meets nice kids locally and rather less pleasant ones, all covering distance on their ponies, attending the same school and mucking about with little or no supervision The nearest families invite Jay to ride with them and she goes on a quest to find her own pony Managing to buy a neglected mare within her meagre budget, Jay knows she is on something good and spends the next half of the story schooling, competing far too early, falling off and generally making a hash of things with her green mare because she is a novice rider It s easy to look back when you ve done it all and see the mistakes Jay isn t even sure she s staying, given that fathers in this area appear to be horrible brutes, and everyone knows everyone so she doesn t feel she belongs To me the tale had a strong feeling of My Friend Flicka crossed with Dare To Dream, Kate Lattey s great next story about pony trading sisters Kids see ponies as something to buy, improve and trade on, or else something to brag about winnings with, while few are determined to keep a pony forever Amazingly a week off school is given for the Horse of The Year Show A family with too many ponies, having picked them up cheap for various faults, doesn t bother brushing them or cleaning tack The total lack of discipline really did annoy me as I read, because many times over, at home, hacking or at shows, the kids do something that would perhaps get a rider or pony killed I wanted to put a big notice across the text Warning, this is not behaviour to imitate Nor does it occur to anyone to place a pole on the ground one stride before a crosspole which is followed by a bounce to take off over a fence This discipline trains both horse and rider to pick a stride and take off point and gets the horse to use its neck, back and hind legs in full engagement I wondered why none of them read a book on jumping, just doing a hit and miss approach or going to a Pony Club rally which turned out to be all about dressage So I can t give five stars, as the adventures might get a copycat rider hurt, much as I enjoyed the tale.
- Flying Changes (Clearwater Bay, #1)
- Kate Lattey
- 19 April 2018 Kate Lattey