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Summer at Paradise Ranch (Paradise Ranch Series #1) by [Flowers, R. Barri]
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From R. Barri Flowers, the bestselling author of teen novels Count Dracula’s Teenage Daughter, Teen Ghost at Dead Lake, and Danger in Time, comes the new YA adventure series, Summer at Paradise Ranch.

Four months shy of turning sixteen, Lexi Montoya was still trying to come to terms with her parents’ divorce and her mom's marriage to a man she met online, relocating to Maui, Hawaii.

Choosing to remain with her dad in Seattle, Lexi had planned to spend her first summer since the divorce hanging out with her boyfriend, Matt, and her best friend, Robin. But her dad had other plans, insisting she spend the summer visiting her mom and stepdad at his ranch called Paradise Ranch in Wailuku, in west Maui.

Lexi went there with an attitude. Then she meets a cute Hawaiian guy named Mitsuo, is thrown into a love triangle, becomes friends with a teen girl named April who lives on a ranch next door; rides her first horse--an Arabian mare named Poppy--learns to hula dance and surf, and finds herself embroiled in a dangerous rescue mission when Poppy and another horse named Casper are stolen from her stepfather’s ranch.

By the time her tropical summer adventure comes to an end, Lexi hates to leave Maui and say goodbye to Mitsuo. But can she stay when Matt is waiting for her back at home to pick up where they left off? Or will he lose her to a summer romance?

Summer at Paradise Ranch is a great coming of age adventure with young romance and mystery in paradise. Now available in eBook, print, and audio.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: R. Barri Flowers (Aug. 1 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JTH03CK
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c7ece58) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
HASH(0x9d221684) out of 5 stars A Clean Teen Read for the Summer. July 24 2014
By Paula L. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Lexi's family was destroyed when her mother left her father for someone she had met on the internet and then even more so when her mother up and moved to Hawaii to be with her new husband. Now her mum wants Lexi to forgive the past and come and visit her in Hawaii. Lexi's dad thinks this will be good for her , but all Lexi can think is how horrible it is and the fact that she will have to spend all Summer without her friends and boyfriend Matt and spend every waking day of Summer with her mum and her new husband. Lexi finally arrives is Hawaii and things for the first few days are tough but slowly her walls start to crumble and Lexi finds herself letting her mum back in but will the walls shoot back up when Lexi discovers that her mum is pregnant ? Luckily for Lexi , there is a girl her age living next door to the ranch - April and soon April befriends Lexi and she starts to slowly embrace the Hawaiian life including Hula Dancing. Of course, what's a summer holiday without boy problems when a local shows interest in Lexi. The thing is that he has a girlfriend and of course Lexi has a boyfriend back home ... What will happen ? Will this become one of those what happens is Hawaii , stays in Hawaii scenarios ?
Find out in more by checking out Lexi's jam-packed summer in "Summer at Paradise Ranch" by R. Barrie Flowers.
Also if you are looking for a Clean- Teen Fiction, then this is the perfect read.
HASH(0x9d222030) out of 5 stars I love that you get a taste from other characters point ... July 14 2014
By abbott123 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Summer at Paradise Ranch by R. Barri Flowers
Print Length: 217 pages
Publisher: R. Barri Flowers (July 1, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

My Review~~
I received this book in exchange for a honest review.
The cover is lovely. This book has alot going on in the book, but thats okay. Because you get to see the book developing from not only Lexi's perspective but the others as well. I love that you get a taste from other characters point of review. I love Lexi and her character's personality. She has quite the attitude that I love in a female character. The different points of view also help the story move along without making the reader slow down. Beautiful summer romance fling that is a great YA Read! I loved it! I can't wait to read more from this author.

Amazon Book Description~~
Four months shy of turning sixteen, Lexi Montoya was still trying to come to terms with her parents’ divorce and her mom's marriage to a man she met online, relocating to Maui, Hawaii.

Choosing to remain with her dad in Seattle, Lexi had planned to spend her first summer since the divorce hanging out with her boyfriend, Matt, and her best friend, Robin. But her dad had other plans, insisting she spend the summer visiting her mom and stepdad at his ranch called Paradise Ranch in Wailuku, in west Maui.

Lexi went there with an attitude. Then she meets a cute Hawaiian guy named Mitsuo, is thrown into a love triangle, becomes friends with a teen girl named April who lives on a ranch next door; rides her first horse--an Arabian mare named Poppy--learns to hula dance and surf, and finds herself embroiled in a dangerous rescue mission when Poppy and another horse named Casper are stolen from her stepfather’s ranch.

By the time her tropical summer adventure comes to an end, Lexi hates to leave Maui and say goodbye to Mitsuo. But can she stay when Matt is waiting for her back at home to pick up where they left off? Or will he lose her to a summer romance?

Summer at Paradise Ranch is a great coming of age adventure with young romance and mystery in paradise. Now available in eBook, print, and audio.
HASH(0x9d2226e4) out of 5 stars Told from four different points of view, Summer at Paradise Ranch has a lot going on July 6 2014
By Theresa H. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Disclaimer
I was provided a copy of this book by Young Adult Reads in exchange for an honest review.

Told from four different points of view, Summer at Paradise Ranch has a lot going on, but the author manages to hold it all tightly together. The past-tense, third person point of view is definitely a departure from most young adult fiction I’ve read lately and took a little getting used to, but once I did, I got into the story.

R. Barrie Flowers’ style is also a little different from other YA authors. It feels more detached, like I wasn’t necessarily feeling all the angst I normally do when reading about teens. But in this case, it kept the story flowing without bogging me reader down in unnecessary, although quite often typical, adolescent drama.

Plot
The plot is busy, from Lexi’s relationship with the mother who abandoned her and her father to run off to Hawaii with a guy she met online, to her conflicted feelings for two very different, but equally hot, boys, her adventures on Maui, and the horsenapping mystery. The story flows well enough, but we never get too deeply involved in any of the plot points because they all seem to be rather easily resolved. Not without conflict, but without the sort of escalating conflict that leaves you breathless. But sometimes a good story doesn’t need to be over-the-top and out of control. This is one of those times.

What I liked most is the relationship between Lexi and Mitsuo. At not quite 16, she realizes a summer romance doesn’t have to mean anything more than that and doesn't have anything to do with her feelings for her boyfriend, Matt, back home in Seattle. This was so authentic to the way teen romances are at that age. So many books and television shows aimed at teens try to make these early relationships seem more like adult relationships, and they’re not. In this case, it plays out naturally, in a way a lot teens will be able to identify with.

Characters
The teen characters come across as credible. They're self-absorbed, superficial, but contemplative -- everything young adults are. But I found the adults more two-dimensional. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, adults often seem that way to teens, and we do see the world of Paradise Ranch through their young eyes. Still, I would have liked a little more, particularly from Lexi’s mom.

Speaking of Lexi's mom, Lexi is way too quick to forgive her mother and I found that subplot difficult to believe. Most girls her age battle with their mothers in the best situations. Given her mother's abandonment at very a pivotal time in her life, I thought this was wrapped up too cleanly. It's in keeping with the overall tone of the book though, so in that sense it works.

Bottom Line
The story is enjoyable and the characters authentic, but the writing style took a little getting used to. Once I got into it though, the story moved along to a satisfying conclusion and if there is a second book in the series, I'd definitely be interested in reading it.
HASH(0x9d222aa4) out of 5 stars Love it :) June 16 2014
By Kelly Powell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I received this book for an honest review. This is the first new young adult adventure series. It’s really cute story. I love it. I like Lexi with an attitude. She doesn’t want to get involved trouble. I don’t want to tell you more about it. I highly recommend this book.