Book: The Fire Horse Girl
Author: Kay Honeyman
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Jan. 1, 2013
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
There were so many elements that sounded promising for this book: historical fiction, a girl escaping to America, cultural differences, female independence...and yet, this story fell flat. I didn’t like the romantic aspects and while that clearly wasn’t my main motive for reading, it still felt shallow and was disappointing. The story also felt like it was juggling many aspects at once and didn’t feel very fluid.
I had a hard time relating to the main character, Jade Moon. I know she was supposed to come off as stubborn and resistant, but she mainly bugged me. (Yikes.) I didn’t like the way things were handled throughout the story and I thought some parts of it felt highly unrealistic and didn’t make sense with the story’s arc. I wanted more closure and when we got to the big finale I was not impressed; I was merely annoyed and severely disappointed. There were characters who made reappearances, and I would have totally been fine if they hadn’t shown up again. I think my biggest complaint with the novel was that it didn’t feel succinct. I was disappointed with the plot and characterization, not something I’d recommend.
*ARC generously provided through NetGalley by publisher in exchange for my honest review.