Silent Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy, #1) by Michele Scott

Silent Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy, #1)

Small town seventeen-year-old Vivienne Taylor is a talented equestrian with Olympic dreams and a little something extra going on—she is also an “equine empath,” someone who has the ability to read horses’ minds and moods. When she receives a full scholarship to attend Fairmont Riding Academy, a prep school with a famous riding program, she struggles with homesickness, hazing by the school’s snooty drama queen, intense competition in the...


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TitleSilent Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy, #1)
Author
Release DateMay 28th, 2013
PublisherSkyscape
LanguageEnglish
GenreAnimals, Horses, Mystery, Young Adult, Fiction, Romance
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Reviews Silent Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy, #1)

  • Ixris
    1970-01-01
    The good: Bitchy rich kids and bitchy teenagers being bitchy and constantly thinking about being in each others' pants. Also, horses, which I am terrified of in real life, but can appreciate from a distance.The bad: Awkward writing comes off forced at first, full of weird tense shifts that make sense only tangentially, and there's a murder mystery in here uh... somehow? Also, MOST of the book is first-person, except for the chapters narrated by t...
  • Kar Achondo
    1970-01-01
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I have mixed feelings about this book. I think I like it... It sounded entertaining, the premise was good and I was really excited about it, but somehow I fell on a reading slump while reading it. I had to fight through the pages because I couldn't keep my mind on task. The story wasn't bad, I mean, it wasn't like I hated the book, I just couldn't make myself sit an...
  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    Source: Netgalley ARC provided by publisher ( Thank you! )Rating 3.5 Stars. The quick version: Good for older teens (language, sexual references) and has a lot of potential with complex characters and a well thought out mystery. If 3rd person present doesn't bother you, you'll probably like it better than I did. The long version:Silent Harmony is exactly the type of book I would have picked up when I was a kid, and even still today. But especiall...
  • Jennifer McClelland
    1970-01-01
    Posted at Book Hoarder ReviewsFirst off let me say Thank You to NetGalley for the digital ARC of this book. I was so excited to be able to read it. This book sounded like it had me written all over it. Teenage girl with a love of horses? Check? A ritzy prep school? Check? A little murder? Double check. Okay so I never went to prep school or solved a murder, but I’ve experiences with both.I love books that have a strong female character. Unlike ...
  • Fly To The Sky
    1970-01-01
    This review first appeared on my blog, Read Books and Live GreenI received this book for review via Netgalley.When I first saw the cover I was interested. It has been a while since I picked up a book on horses. And it sounded like a step up from Heartland, Chestnut Hill, and Canterwood Crest, the series that I had previously read. (I loved Heartland and Chestnut Hill and Canterwood crest was okay.) And then I read the summary and it sounded AMAZI...
  • Claire (Cem)
    1970-01-01
    3.5 Stars.I really liked the premise of this book. For a horsey girl like me, it certainly satisfied there. I'm sure all horse people like myself would LOVE to have the ability to 'talk' with horses as Vivienne Taylor does here. The authors authentic horse know-how clearly comes from years of experience, rather than book learned theory, coming across naturally on the page. Vivienne was pretty easy to like, and Harmony caught my heart.However. I d...
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsI was excited to read this book when I heard about it. Ever since I was young, I always loved horses, so I couldn't wait to read Silent Harmony. It was good, but not great. It had many of my favorite things--horses, mystery, and paranormal qualities (the main character is able to read horses minds/moods and communicate with them). At the beginning, I felt she overdid it with the guys. Which turned out to be fine, since (view spoiler)[the...
  • Genevieve Scholl
    1970-01-01
    I really wanted to LOVE this book. When I saw it in Walmart and read the back, I was so excited for such a unique concept. However, it did not live up to my expectations. The POV of the boys was weak and less interesting than the main character (not sure why it was even included, honestly). The story dragged quite a bit, with no real “action” until Chapter 20. It was going to get a lower grade, but after Chapter 20 it really did get a hell of...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    Plot: There was a lot going on in this book. The main mystery was interesting, but there were a lot of questions that never got resolved. The plot was entertaining in a ridiculous, soap opera kind of way. I did feel like the resolution of the mystery was a bit rushed and didn't necessarily make the most sense.Characters: I wanted to like Vivienne. Her ability to communicate with horses was cool, and she really loved the animals. But I just couldn...
  • Nancy Steinle gummel
    1970-01-01
    Silent Harmony by Michele Scott is a first reads win and I am given my honest opinion. Vivienne is an average 17 year old high school junior who loves horses. She's an equine empath where horses talk to her and she talks back to them. She has dreams of competing on the US Olympic Equestrian Team. She was awarded a scholarship to Fairmont Riding Academy for her junior and senior year. Fairmont is a prestigious school. There are the "in" crowd and ...
  • Carmel Keely
    1970-01-01
    So much snotty high school drama... blah! Reading the summary, I thought the storyline had potential but it ended up lacking substance. It focused way too much on the nasty cliques of rich kids rather than the main plot. I could be wrong, but I always believed that most people, teenagers especially, read to escape crap like that.
  • Stacey
    1970-01-01
    I liked this book much more than I expected to at first glance. The author did a great job not only in getting the horse details right, but also in developing characters and plot. I grew up with a lot of kids like these and - sad to say - there was a lot in the book that rang true.I'm looking forward to reading more by this author!
  • Abbie
    1970-01-01
    The main character in this was alright. This felt a bit young for me at points, and there wasn't anything in it that really caught my interest, but it wasn't a bad read. It felt like quite a quick read, which was good. Overall, An okay read.
  • Abi
    1970-01-01
    Good concept, bad execution. What I thought I would get: a girl who talks to horses goes to a private school and experiences some hazing. What I got: that, plus a several thousand dollar bet and a murder mystery which took ages to piece together. The characters felt forced, like regular old rich kid cookie cutter popular people. Vivienne was the scholarship kid. The plot had too much going on, and it was unrealistic. Who openly says they're a vir...
  • Cassidy
    1970-01-01
    There is shockingly few fictional horse series available that adult's can read, as many of the well known sets are for junior readers. This is a book adults can read & be interested in. It does keep you thinking. My biggest critique with this book is the dialogue between characters could be improved, and it's a bit slow to start off with, but definitely picks up speed half way through. Vivienne is a like-able character who at timesseems a bit too...
  • Gladys Johnsen
    1970-01-01
    Vivian attends an elite school that trains horses for the OlympicsThis book was very enjoyable. in addition to the cast of characters, Vivian is assigned to a horse who is grieving the loss of her former owner. It takes the horse a few weeks to open up to Vivian; Actually other classmates do not know that Vivian can speak with horses.One thing that I didn't like was it ended quickly, leaving loose Ends. However it was a joy to read.
  • Abigail
    1970-01-01
    Was a good read! Reminded me a little of my favorite drama Heartland. However, the book also had that mysterious feel to it, wanted to keep turning pages. Probably would have finished it with in a day if I was not interrupted.
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    The writing is competent, but the psychic element is not used well and the mystery was secondary to the teenage BS. Overall, everything felt rushed and there were too many ideas and not enough focus. This is not a series I'll be following.
  • Kimberley
    1970-01-01
    If you into horses, mysteries and a bit of romance, then this is definitely the book for you. I loved this book.
  • Jennifer
    1970-01-01
    Couldn't put this one down! As an equestrian and lover of a great murder mystery, I loved this book. I cannot wait to read the other two in this series.
  • Leeanna
    1970-01-01
    This review originally appeared on my site, Leeanna.me.==SILENT HARMONY is the first in a new young adult series combining horses, romance, and mystery. Vivienne, the main character, is a girl I liked quite a bit. With dreams of being an Olympian in the sport of eventing, Vivienne has her life together - there’s no room for anything but school and horses. Vivienne’s talented and dedicated enough to win a scholarship to one of the most prestig...
  • Scott
    1970-01-01
    Okay, so I'm rating this a little higher than I should because I feel that the series has potential. But that, I think is the key to my feelings of this book: not good, not bad, just wasted potential. Considering I picked this up simply because it was on sale for Kindle and the cover looked cool, I'm quite pleased.On the positive notes of this book: it's fun. I liked Viv; she was a fun viewpoint and her abilities were interesting. Unfortunately, ...
  • Nancy
    1970-01-01
    Teenage Romance, Horses and MurderVivienne Taylor is the new scholarship student at Fairmont Riding Academy, a top-level school that prepares equestriennes for the Olympics. Vivienne is a very talented rider, but she's the scholarship student and the in-crowd isn't about to give her an easy time. The boys have a wager about who will have sex with with her first and the girls exhibit typical teenage bitchiness. Vivienne has a special talent. She c...
  • Dianne
    1970-01-01
    Are you a horse lover? Raise your hands, it’s almost a given for young girls at some point! Imagine being able to communicate mentally with a horse, to know what the horse is feeling, thinking. What if a horse could be the key to solving a mysterious accidental death and she communicates this to you? This is what happens to Vivienne Taylor, a talented equestrian with Olympic dreams and this knowledge could be very dangerous for her to know! Wha...
  • Nancy Silk
    1970-01-01
    "A Dynamic Mystery for Young Adults, and Not So Young!"Young Vivienne Taylor, 17 years old, is the daughter of a single mom, Dr. Hilary Taylor, DVM. Vivvie often assists her mom in her large-animal practice, and has an uncanny connection with horses. You might refer to Vivvie as a horse whisperer... but in her case, they whisper back to her. She is scheduled to leave the next day to attend the Fairmont Riding Academy for Young Equestrians. She's ...
  • Mrs.A.Schreiber
    1970-01-01
    This review will appear in the TRRC newsletter and blog in May. http://trrcskidscorner.blogspot.com/SILENT HARMONYInto the Ring, Book 1Michele ScottAmazon Children’s PublishingISBN: 9781611098846May 2013Young AdultIn SILENT HARMONY, readers are introduced to talented equestrian Vivienne Taylor, who travels from a small town to elite Fairmont Riding Academy in order to earn a spot on the Olympic equestrian team. No one but her mother knows that ...
  • Kelly
    1970-01-01
    Who gave this woman a book series? This book has a serious identity crisis, written in an almost juvenile manner, with gaps in plot and in reasoning that a 5th grade Harry Potter reader would pick up instantly. The characters are strictly two-dimensional and seem to multiply faster than the main character, Vivienne's, insecurities. Why the author crammed a mom, grandma, younger brother, two best human friends, trainer, potential love interest and...
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    3.5 StarsVivienne Taylor is 17 years old and is the equivalent of a teenage Horse Whisperer/Dr. Doolittle/Psychic to the Equine - she has a special connection with them and they have one with her. Her mom is also a vet. Vivienne wins a scholarship to prestigious Fairmont Riding Academy. She is really sad to leave her mom and little brother, but she has dreams of going to the Olympics some day. When she arrives, she finds that the schools vet has ...
  • Christaaay - Christy Luis Reviews
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book, but it disappointed me in a couple of ways, particularly stylistically. What I loved: 1) I really enjoyed the first chapter- I committed to the book right away because of it. 2)The premise caught me- girl who mind-speaks with horses? Cool! 3) The mystery kept me guessing. Every character was hiding something. Very fun! 4) I thoroughly enjoyed the details about the horses and horseback-riding. Horses both attract and terrify m...
  • Joy
    1970-01-01
    Mixed feelings about this one. I liked Vivienne and enjoyed disliking the annoying Lydia. The ending was unexpected. I liked how some of the characters actually seemed to learn and grow. It's obvious to me that the author knows something about horses--I even checked with my equestrian daughter on some things I wasn't sure about. A few things didn't make sense to me. For someone who had been around horses her entire life, Viv was a bit slow on the...