Friday, 8 July 2016

Book Review: Defending Taylor [Hundred Oaks] by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Defending Taylor
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Author Info: Website|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Hundred Oaks
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: 5th July 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
There are no mistakes in love.

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?
My Thoughts
The Hundred Oaks series is one I have been invested in from the very beginning so getting the chance to snag Defending Taylor early for review was something I didn't expect, so you know I made a start on this as soon as possible.

Taylor makes the decision to take the blame for something, to ensure her boyfriend would get to keep his scholarship, assuming her Dads position would mean she would get a lenient punishment. What she wasn't expecting was to be kicked out of school and be forced to go to Hundred Oaks, her rival school. Attending a new school isn't something Taylor planned on, and she finds it hard to fit in and settle, especially with the animosity of school rivalry. Her effort to join the soccer team seems futile, when she is he only committed one, and the rest are happy to let their star player take over practice, if you could call it that, and refuse to accept her help.

Taylor wants so much to keep it all secret, to protect Ben, even if it means sacrificing her own future. She finds it hard to open up and share why she was expelled from school, but with the help of her counselor and some prompts she begins to open up to Ezra, but can she tell him the whole truth.

Defending Taylor was a book I found hard to put down. I love how easy it is to fall into this world and get to meet new characters, and catch up with old friends from Racing Savannah. Defending Taylor is a book that really makes you think about how far you would go to save someone you love, and how far is too far when it starts to impact your future?

Taylor isn't perfect, and she makes silly mistakes, but to me that makes her human enabling the reader to make a connection with her. I liked how her relationship with Ezra wasn't rushed, even though they did have some history together.

Final Verdict
Defending Taylor was a book that I could not get enough of. I really enjoyed reading this one and I'm looking forward to see what comes next in this series.

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