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(The Glister Journals #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In many ways, Allison Anderson is like most girls. In others, she's very different. The differences aren't immediately obvious but have caused misunderstandings and avoidance from others in the past. Starting high school in a new town, she expects the same experiences—until she meets the Calderas.

David Caldera, charismatic son of a local rancher, adopts Allison into his so
Hardcover, 2nd, 618 pages
Published April 21st 2016 by China Blue Publishing (first published February 14th 2011)
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N.N. Light
Bronze (The Glister Journals #1) by B. B. Shepherd is a moving story about life as a teenager and trying to fit in. But it's much more than that as it is a touching story about the love a young woman feels for her horse. Shepherd weaves emotion and conflict throughout the story while not being heavy-handed. I found myself forgetting it was a book and being so emotionally in-tuned to the characters. The ending and the parents pulled me out of the story. Didn't care for either.

My Rating: 4 stars
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I like big books and I won't lie, but excessive word count isn't my cup of tea. This book is legit almost 1000 pages and I knew I might finish it in maximum three hours during my 24-hour-reading spree. However, these three hours became so tiring and unfortunately tedious, and not because I'd been reading for the past twelve hours but because the story was going somewhere but it actually wasn't. First of all, Bronze is about a coming of age fourteen year old girl, Allison, who doesn't seem ...more
B.B. Shepherd
Jan 02, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Allison experiences life and thinks differently from most people. In the past it has caused her to be thought a little weird at best and to be bullied at worst. Some readers may find her very young in some ways.

After her family moves, she becomes involved with a group of teens that open new worlds to her. The series is equally about her friends who have their own problems and fears and things they'd rather keep to themselves. There is action - predominantly in the form of equestrian and extreme
Hazel West
I received a free copy of this book from the author, but that in no way affects this review and my opinion

Thoughts on the Overall Book: This is not my normal read, in fact, I really don't remember the last time I read a straight contemporary (not counting Urban Fantasy) without it being a suspense/thriller or mystery novel, but I'm really glad I read this book because I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. It's a good story about growing up, and the hardships that come with that but also about tru
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Bronze, the first book from B B Shepherd's series, The Glister Journals. It was quite long that left me confused at times. I would give it three stars. ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bronze is Book One in The Glister Journals, a YA Fiction series.

Allison is a 15 year old teenager who has just been uprooted from everything she has ever known. Her parents moved from Los Angeles to a quiet little horse town near Sacramento. Allison believes she isn't the prettiest, nor the brightest and she is way too tall for her age. She has always gone to a private school and she is nervous about fitting in with the rest of the kids in the area.

Allison's parents are Heli-copter parents, bare
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Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was a wonderful book. When I started it I was hesitant especially with its length but I couldn't put it down. The feelings described are so accurate for all teens not just Allison who has a social ineptness. Allison will have you cheering for her to succeed. She is so stubborn, scared, insecure but also smart and funny when she wants to be. Her insecurities though play out especially with Dave.

Dave is the most precious guy. He is caring and patient. Kindhearted to a tee. You know he likes
Georgina Howlett
DISCLAIMER: I received a review copy of Bronze from the publisher via NetGalley UK in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author B. B. Shepherd, the publisher China Blue Publishing and to NetGalley UK for the opportunity to review this title.

Bronze is the first instalment in B. B. Shepherd's Glister Journals series, following 14-year-old Allison Anderson as she makes the move from bustling Los Angeles to the rural town of Douglas in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Starting at her new sc
Peta Benjamin
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book, the writing is very good and the storyline enjoyable. Allie moves to Colorado from L.A. and there she meets new friends when she starts at her new school. Two are the Calderas brothers, Cris who is 17 and Dave who is 15. She also meets Robin who isn’t very friendly to start with but after they team up for an assignment together, they become firm friends. Allie has a crush on Dave and whenever she sees him, her thoughts and reactions are all over the place. She constantly s ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allison is a high-school freshman. She has moved with her parents to a small town. Life seems strange to her in this place. When Allison goes to school, she is afraid of being different and friendless. Allison does find friends, some that are approved by both her parents. Her dad doesn’t like the boys she is hanging out with. Will her dad change his mind. Meanwhile unknown to everyone, Allison has found a horse that appears to belong to anyone. She befriends it slowly. Keeping the horse a secret ...more
Angela C
(Actual rating: 2.5 stars)

Bronze has left me a little befuddled. It’s a peculiar book on many fronts, and for close to two years I’ve been putting off writing a review of it. It’s taken me all this time to try to get my thoughts together, and even now I find myself at something of a loss as to how to explain what I feel about this book.

Looking back, I realize that Bronze was probably not a good fit for me. Even though Young Adult fiction is my genre of choice, Bronze strikes me as being particul
Fee Roberts
Bronze by B.B. Shepherd is the first book in The Glister Journals. Allison is a high school student that has endured avoidance among her peers.

When I read the blurb, I had a different story in my mind. It turns out that I was wrong. This story revolves around the feelings Allison has for a local boy, David. I was hoping for more interactions with horses and a bit of excitement. The story is written beautifully, and the characters are well fleshed out, but with over 600 pages, this story became r
Carol Keen
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, horses, teen, clean
I loved this book! It almost could wind up on my favorite's list. Allison has parents who are looking out for her, keeping her away from boys too much until she's old enough to understand more. After all, her reactions are all over the place, much like many of us experienced when we were young. Meanwhile, the horse stole my heart. I feel like I went back to my youth, reading Black Stallion books over and over again.

What I didn't like quite as much, is that it's a narrative. All told in a past t
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bronze's character-driven story is amazing. I already consider the main characters my friends and I can't wait to see them again in Copper, the book that follows in these series called The Glister Journals. The characters are well portrayed, some of them are intriguing and mysterious and there are many secrets and unpredictable events that kept me hooked.
I like how Allison's life changes. She makes real friends and discovers her life won't be the same anymore. She becomes more mature, searching
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I really thought I would enjoy this book, and yet overall I found myself mildly interested but supremely bored. The story was somewhat longer than it should have been, and the main character Allison’s thoughts and problems seemed deeply repetitive. Lots of filler and very little plot. I also thought, based on the cover and description, that there would be more equestrian action than there actually were. When I was younger, I thoroughly enjoyed books about a teen girl’s problems and her bond with ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horses
Bronze is an engaging story with well-written descriptions. Though a bit cliché, I also thought it was very realistic, and overall found it to be an addicting, light (though long—604 pages!) read. I had a really hard time putting it down . . . and leaving it down.

It’s obvious that B. B. Shepherd knows horses, as all of the horse scenes are very well written. I also appreciated that the prevalent riding style is Western, as many YA horse books center around English riding. My only complaint in th
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

I enjoyed this book and getting to know the main character, Allison. I read thru Kindle Unlimited. I had been waiting to read until there was a release date for next book but couldn't pass the opportunity when it was listed on KU. I look forward to book 2 and seeing how Allison continues to deal with teenage life.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bronze is one of my new favorite books! And it's so funny because it is a not a book I would have chosen to read had I not been invited to be part of this blog tour. It is about a girl who is 14 years old, so it's not really even one I would have picked up for my daughter who is 18 despite the fact that my daughter loved(s) horses, especially at that age. And now that I am finished with the book, I am sad. I want the next book to be written and published, and it's not. That leaves me feeling so ...more
Ruth B
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bronze is a book about discovering the person you want to be, about friendship and growing up, but above all is a story about changes within ourselves. This is the story of Allison, a young girl who recently moved to Douglas, Nevada. New in school and town she is ready to be the outcast she used to be. But after being paired with Robin for a school task, her life won’t be the same. Allison is soon dragged into a world where horses and extreme sports are everyday topics. She will become part of a ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
6/10. It was Ok and all things equestrian were original. The reading was entertaining but I found some things that I didnt like. First of all, Allison was extremely childish and immature maybe this was because her parents were extremely overprotecting, especialy her father. Also Dave, Allison´s love interest, was very sterotype, the typical pretty boy that all girls love and is extremly good at sports. On the other hand Robin, Allison´s new best friend was interesting and by far my favorite char ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, young-adult
Bronze is the first in a (hopefully) long series of novels in The Glister Journals written by B.B. Shepherd. It's a coming of age novel about a young girl coming to terms with over protective parents, a new set of friends and the yearning to learn to ride horses. The characters are wonderfully described in such a way that they become friends of the reader's and we end up totally wrapped up in their storylines.
I can't wait for the sequel, to find out what happens to Allison and her friends, as t
Jacqui Lademann
This book is fantastic! The characters are well-developed, and extremely likeable, without being too syrypy. The themes are strong, without belting you over the head. I am definately looking forward to the next instalment.

Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Can't wait for the next one!
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B B (Beni) Shepherd was born in England, grew up in Los Angeles, spent her teen years in England, and returned to California at eighteen. Her eclectic background and work history includes art, horses, and music. She has an AA and BA in Music Performance and teaches voice and instrumental music. Favorite things are writing, horses, making music with others, and rainy days curled up with a book and ...more

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