Blaze of Glory

Blaze of Glory

by m. garzon


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Blaze of Glory by m. garzon

What if you had to choose between the life that you love and the love of your life?

Last year, I had it all. Two jumpers on the show circuit, a lot of wins, and a lot of attention - the good kind. But now I have nothing. My life is circling the drain. The only spark of light that exists for me is my new, forbidden passion. If my stepfather finds out, he will kill me. My twin brother, my only blood relative in the world, has already begged me not to. But I can't help myself. If it can't be horses, it has to be this.

Read the story that's Blazed through the horse world! Recommended for ages 15+

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988001305
Publisher: Petal Press
Publication date: 04/05/2012
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

When she's not hiking up the sides of active volcanoes in the company of stray dogs, M. Garzon likes to take time to appreciate the fierce beauty of the natural world around her. She used to ride horses for a living, which was fantastic, but now considers herself extremely lucky to be a writer. She shares her home with two kids and too many rescue animals.

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What People are Saying About This

Kristen Bobbitt

The characters are very well-written and complex. To me, Blaze of Glory is not just a "horse" book, it is a wonderful, romantic, intriguing story taking place in a horse setting.
— Kristen Bobbitt (Baby Giveaways Galore)

Wendy Hines

A well-written and enthralling novel - I can't wait to see what rising star M. Garzon has in store next!
—Wendy Hines (MindingSpot)

Emily Browning start reading a book by a new author and instantly know that you have stumbled upon greatness. That is exactly what happened when I picked up Blaze of Glory. Much like Sara Gruen in Water for Elephants, Garzon hooks the reader from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the last page.
— Emily Browning (SheWhoLovesDogs)

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Blaze of Glory 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying I was concerned that I might not like this book. The author and I sent messages back and forth, and I thought I would give it a try. I have not read a lot of YA books, but I was always willing to read something just a little bit different. I had begun to enjoy horses in the last book I read, and I thought this book may even give me more of an appreciation of these wonderful animals. From the beginning, I was drawn in to the story. The author is an excellent writer--I was impressed with her vocabulary, characterization, and wit. I absolutely loved Tea from the beginning, and my heart cried for her as she had to go through very realistic tragedies. I always appreciate it when authors put in tragedies, as hard as they are to read. And there is one towards the beginning of the story that will jolt the reader--it sure did me! I figured I knew what would happen between Tea and Jaden (no spoilers!), but the story of those two was what made me read more than half of the book in just a few days. I honestly could not put it down! And then ending was exactly what it should have been. In fact, the second half of the book was mesmerizing. Even if was a romance that would probably be considered sappy by some. I like a good romance, and this book certainly lived up to that and more. As far as issues with the book itself, I only have two comments (and neither of them cause me to mark the book down). The author had warned me about drugs in the book--I felt she handled this well, so no complaints there. I did find some adult language, but thankfully they were only used sparsely and at times that make sense. The words could be offensive to some readers, but I have to admit that in context, I did not find them offensive. The Lord's name was never used in vain--that truly is amazing. The author had also warned me about the intimate scenes. Here's my take on that. There is really only one sex scene, and thankfully, it never gets too detailed. Tea struggles with her feelings of wanting to have sex, and that is normal. She is seventeen. While I wish she had waited until she got married to have sex, a good share of teens are much more promiscuous than she. We can only hope that Tea is only intimate with this one person and no one else.
greekgoddess422 3 months ago
This is a great YA story. Bookm1 from the author and my first from the author . Hero Jaden. Heroine is Tea. This story has many lawyers and it shows how everything in life falls into place where you lease expect it This Story is about Tea who is a young but determined 17 year old young woman who has a promising career as a horse jumper . Tragedy suddly struck her family. Her mother passes and her stepfather tries to do everything he can for Tea and her twin brother Seth . At times their stepdad Dec is stricken with both of them but he tries to teach them what the world is about . Jaden is Tea stepdads nephew and Jaden , Seth and Tea grew up together. Jaden is a famous polo player . He suddly returns back home and when he meets Tea again Tea develops feels for him. Jaden is the only bright spot in Tea life except for her horses . Looking forward to the next book Kasi did a great work narrating this story . Her voice was strong, clear and smooth . She did all the characters great
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Blaze of Glory is a romance that will have you following this horse whisperer through the pages of her life, including all the angst and passion that a 17 year old girl carries with her. Her trials and tribulations kept me involved and wondering how everything was going to work out okay and become a happy ending. I love horses and think they are magnificent creatures. I love to watch them in motion and imagine myself riding, with the wind blowing across my face and through my hair, my heart pounding with the hoofbeats, as we race across the ground. How exhilarating a feeling is that? Tea is an independent, sassy, strong willed, hardworking girl that has a special affinity with horses. Her impulsiveness gets her in trouble over and over again. Her parents had died and Tea and her brother are living with her stepfather. Jaden, her older “cousin” (by circumstance only, not a blood relation) gives her butterflies and sweaty palms, her heart throbs when she is near him. Her love for him could very well destroy her already dysfunctional relationship with her stepfather. I am an action junkie, but I was not kept waiting for a murder, magic or adventure. I knew this was not that kind of story. This is Tea’s story. M Garzon would lead me up to the moment of the kiss, then deny me. I felt it was going to happen, but when. A clean romance that kept me hanging on, wishing and hoping that Tea would become the professional horse rider she wishes to be and capture the love of her heart’s desire. I chose the book knowing it wasn’t an action-packed thriller. Tea’s story kept me involved and waiting for what would come next. The ending answers all the questions I had, yet leaves the book open to continue Tea’s story. “Small as a kitten, brave as a tiger.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand three times and post this ti three diffenent books then look under ur pillow. It really works!!
busymommylist More than 1 year ago
I am always anxious to read and review a book when it is also the authors debut novel. I think these are the most exciting, and I especially love meeting the author, and being able to catch a glimpse of what might be coming in the future. M. Garzon's , Blaze of Glory, is no exception to my geeky anticipation with debuts. This is a very well thought out story, it's written as if it's just second nature to this author, and the descriptions, characters, and especially the horses. I personally have no experience with horses, but she has created some very beautiful personalities for them in this book, and just like you will get to know the other characters as if you knew them all their lives, you will also feel the same about the horses in this book. Tea, is a 17 year old who has a twin brother, Seth. Since their mother passed away, their step father, who is pretty strict with both of them, but, tries to do what is best in his eyes, continues to raise them. Dec, (their step father) has a nephew, Jaden. Jaden is 6 years older then Tea, and a polo player, and comes back to Canada after a few years of traveling and playing polo. Of course, you can say Tea and Jaden are first cousins, however it isn't by blood, which leads me to the next part about when Tea and Jaden fall in love. I know this could possibly turn some people away, however, this isn't the first time this has happened, and again, it isn't by blood, so, I guess the reader should be the "judge" of that. Tea and Seth have an incredible bond, and are the best of friends. I like their relationship, and think it is well thought out and just as I would wish or hope or want for my own children's relationships to be. Although Seth, loves his twin sister to pieces, he is a bit worried about her "forbidden love" for their cousin, Jaden. Again, another regular brotherly thing to do. Especially under these circumstances. I also like Seth because he isn't scolding or showing disappointment, because he accepts his sister and loves her just for being her, he is more concerned about how this relationship with Jaden, will affect her life. Although both Tea's and Seth's lives have had it's ups and downs and more then their fair share of bad luck and sadness, they are both very strong 17 year olds. Mainly Tea, who is quite stubborn and headstrong, but even if these qualities are sometimes seen as a fault, I have always thought that it depends on how you use these qualities, which is then considered, in my eyes, (and maybe because I am very similar), an asset, therefore, I do appreciate Tea's character a lot. She has the same type of "assets" that I see in my own 2 daughters and along with this usually comes good values,morals and respect. Of course what comes next would be the growing closeness and love between Jaden and Tea. I would recommend that even if you are thinking, "omg!" or " I wouldn't want my daughters reading this!", I would read it first myself. M. Garzon, does a tremendous job with such an intricate subject and it isn't poorly written, and it is done so tastefully that you will end up cheering and filled with joy for Jaden and Tea. I don't personally believe that every 17 year old girl who reads this book, will then turn around and think it is ok to have sex, just because everybody else is, or have sex with their cousins. That being said, you should be the judge, and if you feel your teen isn't going to have a problem and change her ways due to what she has read, then she should be just fine. There are many, many, many things out there that we wish we could shelter our children from, and you know, it isn't going to happen. It is always there, and they will find it, read it, see it, hear it. If they have a brain, they can think for themselves and they will know right from wrong, or they will learn to accept some things that aren't as "normal" as society says. I would not recommend this book for a pre teen and depending on maturity, maybe not even 14 or 15. But again, parents should be involved in their children's lives and if you read it, and have no issues, it is fine. I have 4 kids of my own, 2 daughters, and we did try as parents to shelter our children, and we still do. The biggest culprit, television. I would much rather they read a book then watched TV. and this book isn't going to scar them. ** I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review **
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally addictive story and great, lovable characters. I loved it. I heard there's a sequel I hope it's true.
Jessica_E More than 1 year ago
I received the ebook Blaze of Glory to review, and I was excited to start reading the book. I have not been reading as much as I used too, so I hoped this book would help me get back to a hobby I once loved. I was not disappointed, as this book truly pulled me in from the beginning and I could not stop reading. I finished the book in one day, as I just had to know the ending. As I started to read the book, I was able to truly come to know the characters. Tea is a young girl with a strong will and fiery spirit. She has a love for animals and a deep understanding of horses. Her brother Seth is funny and compassionate, and it shows that he and Tea are more than just brother and sister--they are true friends. Jaden enters the story as someone that you would think is self centered or snobbish, but over time you can see how passionate and caring he truly is. I enjoyed reading about horses and working on a farm. Everything was explained well and I was able to become familiar with the way they spoke about horse or riding competitions. I was truly drawn in by the romance that unfolded in the story. As Tea starts to realize she has feelings for someone who is forbidden, she has to make the choice to act on those feelings or choose to live without the one she loves. I do think all teenagers go though periods of so called "love," but M. Garzon truly built a romance that was based on something deeper than simple teenage lust. I did feel a sense of sadness in the end, as I usually do when a good book comes to end. The book does give closure and an ending, but there are other questions to be answered and just other things I would like to know. I was happy to discover that M. Garzon is currently working on the sequel to this book, and I know I will definitely read that as soon as it is published. I think this book would be appropriate for older teenagers and women. There are passionate passages of the book, but not in over-the-top romance novel type of way that would be unsuitable for teens. I think anyone who has a love for horses or romance would find this book to be a good read. It is definitely more than just a romance-type novel, as there are definitely other aspects to the story as the characters endure tragedy, abuse, loss, and love. I found the story to be compelling and well-written, and I hope to read more soon.
beecee More than 1 year ago
Let me start out by saying the author is a very good story-teller during MOST of the book. Her descriptions made it easy to picture what was going on and that's important. Even though I'm older than the targeted audience, I don't feel like the writing itself was for a specific age group. I like horses and that's why I read it. What I didn't like was how the relationship progressed between Tea and Jaden, going from "we can't be public" to suddenly very public. I have no problem with the fact that they're cousins since they aren't blood related. Another thing I didn't like was the violence. The spankings with a belt wasn't a major issue, but for the stepfather to beat Tea's brother Seth after catching him smoking was a bit much. I mean, come on. Hitting a 17 year old across his bare back with a belt for smoking? That's very extreme and is definitely abuse. At least in the US it is. Maybe it's different in Canada. I would have been more accepting of Tea and Jaden's relationship if they were blood-related cousins than that sort of abuse. All in all, though, I enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy and entertaining book I'd suggest for any young adult.
JumperJen More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I love horses, but it turned out to be about a lot more than that. The main character Tea is a girl that almost any teen can relate to, and her friends and family are so well described that by the end of the book they all feel like old friends. This story is mostly a romance, but there is so much more going on. I loved the description of the horses, their personalities, and Tea's relationships with them, which sound as real as her relationships with people. The author has a very easy to read style, the dialogue felt very real, and the plot kept moving all the way through. I read it fast but I was sad when it was over!!
Han More than 1 year ago
This book is about a horse loving teenager named Tea. Her journey starts out rough as she is living with her stepfather on his farm, along with her twin brother. Her stepfather owns a stable and she helps out there giving riding lessons, etc. She also has a very promising jumping career with her horse Blaze. Unfortunate things happen and she goes through a very hard time in her life. Luckily, her growing closeness with a member of her family gets her through. I liked this book a lot. It immediately drew you into the story and kept your interest all the way through. I think that you don't necessarily have to know anything about horses to enjoy this book. The authors use of language and imagery will still keep the non horsey people from losing track. The only qualms I had about it were that I thought some of the parts of this book were a little too "adult". Maybe I'm a bit old fashioned. haha. But it just seemed to dance on the lines of "young" adult fiction at times (more of a romance, really). I mean, I'm sure a lot of kids these days know about the "birds and the bee's" whether you know they know or not, but still, I'm not sure I'd want my daughter (if I had one) reading parts of this book until she's at least 18. haha. The other qualm I had was the nature of Teas relationship with _____. All in all though I thought this was a pretty good book. I definitely enjoyed reading it.
Cate_T More than 1 year ago
I loved the details and explanations about horse riding, training and grooming. A lot of it was based off of the author's personal experiences. I appreciate that the author took bits and pieces from her background as a rider so it all of it felt very authentic. Some of my favorite parts of the book were the ones where Tea was dealing with Schweppes and Cameo. Tea's relationship with the horses made me understand them more. The writing was consistently good throughout the book. It was easy to read, easy to follow. The plot was solid and well-constructed. I loved the characters and found myself rooting for each and every one of them. Even the horses had their own distinct and endearing personalities. And the dialogue was so realistic. Seth was just the most adorable brother. Dec, as flawed as he is, was a great character. You could feel his frustration and confusion very well and it made me feel sorry for him. Tea was very relatable and it was easy to empathize with her even though she sometimes had lapses in judgment. But hey, we all have our moments, right? I must admit, I had trouble reconciling Tea and Jaden's relationship. As sweet (and frustrating) as they were, I was a little bit uncomfortable. I keep an open mind but to each her own, I guess. But they were still very cute. They bickered a lot, which got a little old towards the end, but it made for a great story. Jaden was very "knight in shining armor" even though Tea was far from being a "damsel in distress". It took me a while to follow some parts of the time line but over all, it was such a lovely read. The ending was very fulfilling and I am very much looking forward to a sequel. Rating: 4/5. Recommendation: This will very much appeal to those familiar with the world of horse training and equine sports. For those of us not familiar with this area, this book gives a fascinating peek into what work goes into horse jumping and polo. And you will just fall in love with the story!
smiley73 More than 1 year ago
Tea is a 17 year old rising star in the jumper world, but tragedy makes her life take an unexpected turn. It's not a new formula, but what sets this book apart are the characters. I really cared about what happened to them, and their relationships to each other seemed so real. I want a brother like Seth, and friends like Julia and Teri! And although it's set in the glamorous world of horse shows and polo, the book shows the hard work and sweat that goes into 'making it'. I didn't like Dec, the stepfather, at all, and thought that Tea was a bit too forgiving with him, but I'm in love with Jaden. His character alone made it worth reading for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry. I can't past the whole cousin thing.