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Trail of Secrets by Laura Wolfe
Retail Price: $4.99 for eBook or $11.95 for paperback
What I Paid: $0
Purchased: October 2015
Trail of Secrets Book Review
Here’s a little known fact about moi: I love to read. I don’t have nearly as much time for it as I used to, but my Kindle is still one of my favorite pieces of technology. In fact, one of the things I love most about going on vacation is that I get the chance to read for pleasure. So when Laura Wolfe approached me about reading and then reviewing her new book, Trail of Secrets, just a few weeks before my trip to New York City, I couldn’t say no — it was perfect timing!
The book follows a young girl, Brynlei, through a two-week stay at horseback riding camp where she desperately wants to win the academy’s coveted “Top Rider” award. However as soon as she arrives, she feels like she’s being watched and a ghost story about a previous camper who disappeared into the woods and was never found, sets her on edge. Brynlei’s quest for the truth surrounding the mystery puts everything in jeopardy and forces her to make some tough choices along the way… including the dramatic ending where she has to decide between keeping an important secret, or saving a life.
The book is a lot of fun, and is full of realistic (and correct!) equestrian scenes. The author does a great job of developing the characters so you really get to know them, and the drama keeps you turning the pages. It’s definitely not your typical equestrian story — the whole mystery element is really unique and unlike any other YA equestrian book I’ve ever read. There are some… weird? parts to the story, especially in terms of character development. For example, the main character believes in reincarnation and discusses this belief several times. It does add to your understanding of the character, but it didn’t resonate at all with me, so it came off a bit odd.
Personally, I liked the book but I do think it’s a little pricey. For $1.99, I’d be all over it, but $4.99… maybe not as much. Regardless though, if you’re looking for a fun, easy to read book with an equestrian element, I’d definitely recommend Trail of Secrets. It’s not particularly complex (it falls well within it’s intended Young Adult genre), but the equine scenes are accurate with correct terminology and not written for those who have absolutely never seen a horse before. They aren’t particularly integral to the plot line though, so someone who doesn’t know the lingo won’t be lost for long. I loved the ghost and mysterious plot line which was so different from many other books — it really spiced things up and kept me interested. All in all? A good book for an afternoon read snuggling on the couch or in a bubble bath.