This review is about Cathy Cassidy’s novel ‘Coco Caramel’. Coco Caramel is the fourth book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, but you don’t necessarily have to read the first three books before this one, I didn’t, but I still loved it. All the books in this series can be read as stand-alone books too, which is rare in series. The story follows a 12-yr-old 8th grade girl, Coco, who lives in a small town, Kitnor, in England, with 4 sisters, her mum and stepdad. Tomboy Coco likes playing the violin, baking cakes to save endangered animals like Giant Panda, and most of all riding horses. Once, she rides the riding stable’s problem pony, Caramel, without permission, Caramel throws her off, and that’s last straw for Caramel. The riding stable’s resident trouble causer has got to go – forever. And Coco knows it’s her fault. So, when Caramel is sold to a businessman, Coco has to make sure that the pony had gone to a safe home. When she stakes out and finds Caramel being brutally mistreated, she knows she has to rescue her. She plans to bust her out of the stable, and ride away merrily into the sunset. However, things don’t exactly go to plan, and she bumps into Lawrie, the school misfit, in the stables. Quietly stealing Caramel and another pony (because the more the merrier) they hide them in an abandoned cottage on the moors. However, with the other pony in foal, the horse’s legal owner complaining to the police, and no actual plan, they might have gotten themselves in more trouble than they bargained for. Complete family dramas, hidden secrets and more, this charming book may just be what you’re looking for.
Well, I fricking loved this. This is the first time I’ve read a book of Cathy Cassidy, and I might as well read more of her books if they’re all this good. This isn’t a fantasy book, or a murder mystery or anything like the usual suspects on my bookshelf, but I loved it all the same. An adventure drama about growing up, this really takes us into Coco’s world and we see everything from her (relatable) perspective. It also shows the sad reality of animal abuse and neglect. Caramel and the other pony are adorable!! I wish I had a horse. Or a dog. Or a cat. Any animal, really. But I draw the line at insects. Anyways, my point being that for an animal lover, this is a great book!! So yea if you are like Coco and adore animals, you should try this. You’ll probably like it! Age rating- 10+ (though if you are younger you could read this it doesn’t really matter) Star rating- 5 stars!!!
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