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review 2018-11-24 20:45
If Ponies Rode Men by James Elliot
If Ponies Rode Men - James Elliott If Ponies Rode Men - James Elliott
Being a Hamiltonian, and seeing Robert Land's name all across my hometown, I always wondered who he was. Now I know.
He was an American Loyalist spy, and for some reason he decided to make Hamilton his home after the revolution.
Not without much strife, trials and heartache. He lost children. His family that survived was not with him for so much of his life. His story is sad. 
As a Canadian, it's weird to say my hometown is started by an American who was considered a traitor. But the British roots in me are quite okay with it all again.
Still, I now know where my city started. 
The writing is slightly boring and fell flat for me, but I appreciate the research that went into this book.
Readers will enjoy it's non-fiction with fiction.
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2018/11/if-ponies-rode-men-by-james-elliott-46.html
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text 2017-06-08 16:22
Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics #2) Tara Sivec $2,99 So fun!
Passion and Ponies (Chocoholics #2) - Tara Sivec

Ava Gilmore has the perfect life. She’s surrounded by people who love her, she’s having sex on a regular basis and her Coach bag collection just grew by three. The problem? She’s expected to follow in her family’s footsteps at Seduction and Snacks, working with sex toys and baked goods.

Ava loves vibrators and cupcakes as much as the next person, she’d just rather play with them than sell them. With her shopping addiction reaching an all time high and her credit card bills piling up, Ava decides to put her obsession to good use and start a fashion blog. But she has one other problem - the guy she’s having sex with has a My Little Pony addiction.

While dealing with her family’s disappointment and confusion over her choices, she finds support in the unlikeliest of places – Tyler Branson. Tyler has slowly wormed his way into her bed and her heart and he refuses to leave. Tyler has his own family problems to deal with and for the first time ever, Ava finds herself feeling bad for the annoying, immature guy and chanting “Friendship is magic!” during the sex she’d swore to stop having with him.

Ava needs to get her life in order once and for all before she finds herself doing something she never wanted to do – fall in love with a Brony.

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review 2016-12-15 02:30
Fairy Ponies: Unicorn Prince by Zanna Davidson
Fairy Ponies: Unicorn Prince (Young Reading Series Three) - Zanna Davidson,Barbara Bongini

Holly is a young girl who is visiting her great-aunt during summer vacation. At some point earlier in the series, I'm guessing she must have gone exploring or something and figured out how to visit the magical world of Pony Island. In this book, she goes to Pony Island to meet Puck, her fairy pony friend. They're having a picnic together when they hear someone crying for help. It turns out it's a unicorn named Willow who's being attacked by several bad fairy ponies. Shadow, the ringleader, is preparing to do a spell that will give him unicorn powers and allow him to take over Pony Island. He stole the first few ingredients from Willow, and now he plans to trick the Unicorn Prince so that he can get the final ingredient.

I was told it wasn't necessary to read these books in any particular order. A bit of searching tells me that this is probably Book 5 in the Fairy Ponies series, although the only thing I felt I was missing out on was how Holly found Pony Island in the first place.

I bought this for my oldest niece, who has watched a show called Mia and Me on Netflix multiple times. Mia and Me includes elves (whose wings make them look more like fairies, but what do I know?), unicorns, dragons, and a winged unicorn named Onchao. The winged “Unicorn Prince” on the cover of this book immediately reminded me on Onchao.

This is definitely aimed at a younger audience than the stuff I normally read, but I always try to read the books I plan to give to my nieces and nephew. Unicorn Prince had exactly the appeal factors I expected: a girl who could travel to a magical fantasy land, fairy ponies (because a plain old pony or even a Pegasus wouldn't be magical enough), and impossibly beautiful unicorns. Although Holly isn't magical herself, her lack of magical ability actually turns out to be beneficial in this particular book.

I didn't notice any problems with the writing, and the story was easy to follow. I didn't always like the illustrations (Puck occasionally looked a bit odd), but they weren't necessarily bad. The text definitely fits my niece's reading level, and I'm crossing my fingers that she'll enjoy the fantasy aspects here the same way she enjoys them in Mia and Me. That said, from an adult perspective, Mia and Me appeals to a broader age range than this. I actually kind of enjoyed that show. Unicorn Prince, on the other hand, felt too simplistic and flat to me. There was no time to get to know the world and the characters at anything but the most basic level. If my niece ends up liking this and I get the other books for her, I'll read them, but otherwise I'm not interested.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2014-11-15 13:30
A Cute and Charming YA Fractured Fairy Tale ★ ★ ★
Pickles and Ponies: A Fairy-Tale (Radugan Tales) (Volume 1) - Laura May
Everybody knows that good princesses are always pretty, just like wicked step-mothers are always ugly and covered in warts: and Melodia was no exception to this rule. By this time she was nearly nineteen, and she was tall and healthy, with rather a wistful look to her. You probably want to know her hair colour as well, because you’ve heard how that impacts upon personality. Scientists all over Raduga (with the word ‘scientist’ being used somewhat loosely) have conducted several studies into the effects of hair colour. They’ve found that while it seems to matter very little for the princes of the realm, for princesses it’s quite the opposite. Blonde hair indicates beauty and fragility, while brunettes are supposedly street-smart and intelligent. Of course, these studies were all funded by the Prince of Hairdressers, who was allegedly running a hair dye cartel...
If Douglas Adams were to write a fairy-tale style story for a YA audience, it'd sound a lot like this. Which is at once the strength and the weakness of the book.  Once you start with this voice, you're stuck with it -- it's a commitment you have to follow through with.  May does a fine job of that.  But, unlike Adams, she sometimes lets her voice, her storytelling style, get in the way of the story.
 
But, while occasionally distracting and annoying, it's not fatal.  And if you read this in smaller chunks -- I read it in two sittings -- you might not even notice (at least not as much as I did).
 
This is a cute YA take on fairy tales, a tale of magic, friendship, and a search for true love in a land where everyone is a prince or a princess (if they're not a King or a Queen).  There's really not much else to say.  She's not giving us fractured Snow White or Cinderella, etc.  May's working from a blank canvas -- what's happening in the castle to the right of Prince Charming's.  
 
Again, like Adams, I'm not entirely convinced that May's world is really that coherent -- but it doesn't matter, the world she's put this in is just a place for her to tell jokes and have silly things happen.  Like this:
By the time nine months on the island had passed, Melodia was bored out of her wits and sorely lacking in company.  She tried talking to rocks, but they were stoney in their silence.  She tried talking to the moss, but it just wasn't a fun guy.  The trees asked her to leaf them alone, and eventually the princess was reduced to talking to her own reflection in the lake.
 
I laughed, I chuckled, I groaned, I was charmed -- and I was entertained.  What more could you want? 

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The author was kind enough to provide me a copy of this book, providing me relief from the murder and mayhem I've found myself reading this year.
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text 2014-09-29 21:26
Keep Ponies off the Menu!

The Plight of the Dartmoor Pony

 

A few years ago I made a documentary with my other half about Dartmoor‬ Pony‬ Conservation. (You can see it by clicking on the link above)

Dartmoor ponies have been in decline since they ceased to be used as work horses in the mines of Dartmoor. Their numbers have dropped even further since their use as riding ponies has fallen out of fashion.

When we made this documentary a charity called the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust were making headway and were slowly bringing these iconic animals back into popularity.

Our little video went out across the globe and the Dartmoor Pony became famous and the charity flourished.

Today we heard that some pony owners are giving up and starting to sell these beautiful creatures for sausage meat. Our conservation video is up online for anyone who wants to see it.

Please help keep these beautiful ponies off the menu!

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28465981

Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAPOPg5smuY
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