Dark Horses Book Review

Book: Dark Horses

Release date: September 13, 2016
 Pages: 336
Publisher: Soho Teen
Source: Review Copy

Summary: Merritt Wenner has been self-destructing ever since the tragic deaths of her grandmother and her horse, and after an epic all-night bender she walks out of the SAT and disappears. Her parents, looking for a quick fix, ship her off to a residential equine therapy program.

At Good Fences, Merritt meets Red—a failed racehorse and a terror in the barn. Red has never bonded with anyone, but Merritt is not afraid of him, which makes all the difference. Soon they’re sneaking rides after curfew, which catches the attention of Red’s owner. Recognizing their potential, he funds their launch into the competitive hunter/jumper circuit.

Against the cutthroat backdrop of competitive riding, Merritt and their groom, Beatrice, develop an attraction. Merritt also finds herself drawn to Carvin, a rival rider. But in Red’s mind, Merritt belongs to him alone. Anyone else poses a threat. And Merritt can’t foresee what he’ll do to keep her to himself.

*****
 My Thoughts: I came into this book with a lot of high expectations, although it was a little strange because the author is known for more contemporary works that are more lighthearted. I enjoyed that this book had different perspectives, switching from the horse Red, to Merritt. I feel like some of the characters might have been overwritten emotionally, however, I could find myself relating to them and situations that they had been put in. I sympathized for them. This book also played a little with the concept of sexuality in certain situations, and being confused in a world where some people think it’s strange while others see it more openly and aren’t afraid of it. I thin everyone could relate to Merritt in one way or another, and I liked that I could have that connection with the main character. Overall, this was a very different book for me to read, I enjoyed parts of it, and others not so much, but I would recommend to people who are trying to read more diverse and out of their comfort zone books.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy!
Writing: 7/10
Characters: 6/10
Plot: 6/10
Ending: 7/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall: 35/50
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