Author: Ann Hunter
Genre: YA Equestrian/Horse Racing, Sports
Length: 126 Pages
Release: March 2015
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I was younger I dreamed about becoming a jockey. Horse racing was my obsession. I can tell you every Triple Crown winner and the year they won, as well as many other racing facts. I never could find many books that centered around horses, so when I do I get really excited.
This novel is intended for a young adult audience. I feel like a lot of it seems more middle grade with the addition of some stronger language and more extreme situations. The book begins with Alex running away from what she thinks of as a murder. It's definitely an interesting start.
The novel is told in third person, alternating perspectives between several different characters. For being so short, a lot happens. In some ways I think this is good and in others not so much. I do think that it's a good idea to have the multi perspective, I just think that at times it went too far. Having more of a focus on two or three characters would have made it slightly more easy to really get into and relate with.
I found it difficult to connect with the characters a lot of the time. I think having fewer perspectives might have helped with this somewhat. It didn't feel like you ever got to know any of the characters particularly well and the adults all seemed to act like children. I didn't really dislike them, I just found it hard to connect with the characters because they all kind of felt the same age.
The horses were a nice touch, though they weren't in here as much as I would have liked. I loved the weanlings and yearlings that Alex was constantly going to. Promenade sounded adorable.
This series definitely has potential and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes next. While this wasn't the best beginning, it was very enjoyable and I had a lot of fun reading it.