Ride: The Search for TK by Bobbi JG Weiss

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Ride: The Search for TK by Bobbi J.G. Weiss

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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If Kit wants to remain a student at The Covington Academy, an elite equestrian school in England, Kit must ride. And the only horse Kit wants to ride is TK. Lady Covington, the school’s headmistress, just sent wild and unpredictable TK away, but Kit is determined to get her favorite horse back in Ride: The Search for TK by author Bobbi JG Weiss.

This third Ride novel includes some reminders about what’s been going on in the series. Still, it’s best to first read the two novels before this one to really care about Kit and the crew of characters at the academy.

Now, I’m not sure how interested I would’ve been in this book if I wasn’t already involved with the characters. The story isn’t boring but seems to lack focus to a degree. Some of the events and story elements feel a little sudden or random.

It’s also not my favorite thing when a new character is introduced toward the end, beginning a new subplot when the book is nearly over. Again, it feels sudden and random. I’ve not seen the television show this series is based on, but perhaps the novel’s flow is awkward partly because it’s covering events from more than one episode? And as I expected, the last chapter pretty much ends with a cliffhanger, like in the previous book.

With that said, though, I enjoyed this read since, yeah, I care about the characters. Overall, this is a fun and wholesome YA series, a nice mix of humor, quirkiness, and heavier stuff—but not too heavy. I’ll be on the lookout for Book Four.

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Here’s my review of Book One, Ride: Kit Meets Covington.

 

 

Ride: Competing for the Cup by Bobbi JG Weiss

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Ride: Competing for the Cup by Bobbi J.G. Weiss

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Kit, an American teenager attending equestrian school in England, is getting used to life at Covington Academy. But she’s still not exactly adjusted to life without her mother, even though Kit’s widowered father, Rudy, might be moving on. And if Kit’s favorite but unpredictable horse, TK, doesn’t perform well in the upcoming House Cup, TK may be sent away from Covington in Ride: Competing for the Cup by author Bobbi JG Weiss.

You don’t have to be familiar with the related television show to enjoy this second Ride novel, but it’ll help a lot if you read Book One first.

I was prepared for this novel’s measure of corniness, and as with the first book, the style sometimes felt more middle grade to me than young adult. But, hey, YA books have levels, so I think tweens and some younger teens can get a kick out of this.

It took me longer to get into this one, as something about the plot and/or emotional development felt a bit disjointed to me. I’m glad I stuck with it, though. It’s a worthwhile read overall, rather hilarious at times and rather touching at others, and Kit learns some important lessons. Also, while one twist comes too suddenly out of left field (unless I missed something earlier in the story), I like that I couldn’t predict the story’s every turn.

Now, the abrupt ending in a tough spot definitely requires another book to resolve it. Not my favorite way to end a novel, but I’m invested enough in Kit, Rudy, and a couple others at the academy to have a genuine interest in Book Three.

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Here’s my review of Book Three, Ride: The Search for TK.

 

 

Ride: Kit Meets Covington by Bobbi JG Weiss

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Kit Meets Covington by Bobbi J.G. Weiss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Fourteen-year-old Kit is a pretty plucky girl. But her pluck is put to the test because: 1) she and her cowboy father move to England for her father’s new job at The Covington Academy, and 2) the academy is an equestrian boarding school. Kit hasn’t ridden a horse in years, since the terrifying time she fell from one. Now she must take on a new country, a new school, and her fear of riding in Ride: Kit Meets Covington, a novel by author Bobbi JG Weiss.

For everyone who may be familiar with the drama series Ride from Nickelodeon or YTV, more power to you. I’d never heard of the show before.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed this novel.

Now, though I gather that it’s a young YA book, it had a more juvenile feel to me, reading like a children’s (perhaps middle grade?) book with teenaged characters. Maybe I’m just better acquainted with old-fashioned children’s and young adult books and have less of a feel for what those genres are like these days.

But anyhow, this is indeed an engaging, humorous, and motivating tale with a fun batch of characters. I thought the story’s development was a bit bumpy or choppy at times, and some of the points of view seemed to be introduced/explored a little late. And, even knowing that this is Book One of a coming series, the last few scenes had me thinking, “So…that’s it, then? This is where and how the story is ending?”

Still, quite a worthwhile read, and I’d be delighted to continue on with the series, when it continues.

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Here’s my review of Book Two, Ride: Competing for the Cup.