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...

Details Silent Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy, #1)

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

Reviews Silent Harmony (Fairmont Riding Academy, #1)

  • Ixris
    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
    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
    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...
  • kazually
    dnf at page 58.this book is psychotic,,, and not in a good way. it's literally crazy and deranged and insane and doesn't make sense.
  • Jennifer McClelland
    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
    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)
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
  • Whirlawayka
    Starting off slow is not something this book did. Silent Harmony by Michele Scott, is an amazing read for all those avid horse drama lovers. A girl named Vivienne Taylor, gets a scholarship to go to the very well known and very expensive Fairmont Riding Academy one of the top riding schools in the world. The owner of the riding academy says "With your show record and your school grades, we felt you are the perfect fit for the scholarship." (Scott...
  • Abi
    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...
  • Kathy
    Horses, teens, competition, friendsVivienne Taylor loves horses. In fact, she has a goal of becoming an Olympic equestrian. Being the daughter of a veterinarian who has encouraged Vivienne to be a part of her practice, Vivienne knows far more about horses than most of her equestrian age peers. She is also an accomplished rider which comes to the attention of people who can help her excel in her sport. The book includes themes regarding teen relat...
  • BlackfishGirl
    Um no. Don't get me wrong, I'm under no illusion here, a lot of horsey writing isn't award winning or amazing in itself, a lot of it does follow a predictable pattern but like chick lit it can be really enjoyable when done right. This reads like bad fanfiction though, really weird and jarring writing at times and everything is over the top or plain two dimensional. Oh wow, that's a really complex problem but let's not talk to much about it becaus...
  • Cassidy
    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
    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.
  • Shelley
    This is a YA book. But with a book combining two of my favorite topics, horses, and animal communication, I had high hopes. Honestly, I do enjoy YA fantasy books, but this one was just a tad too jr. high level for me. That said, while I really wouldn't rate this even a 2.5, I can't slam it for being a YA level book. And you can tell the author knows horses as there were none of the annoying mistakes non-horse folks make when writing about equestr...
  • Abigail
    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.
  • Carol Lynn
    A new series!!, I'm such a horse - fluff junkie'! Yes, it's another boarding school drama with bitchy rich girls and cute guys, each with skeletons or hidden talents in the closet. Off to read book 2!
  • Becky
    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.
  • Stephen
    Enjoyed it, but the conclusion seemed a bit rushed.
  • Daydreambeliever545
    3/5 starsGood ending. I liked the representation but I thought that as someone who knows nothing about horses some of the horse related words could be explained in the story.
  • Kimberley
    If you into horses, mysteries and a bit of romance, then this is definitely the book for you. I loved this book.
  • Jennifer
    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
    This review originally appeared on my site, 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
    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, ...