Dark Horses

Dark Horses

eBook - 2016
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The iconic author of Gossip Girl brings a dark and heart-wrenching addition to the girl-meets-horse canon. In the lens of addiction and the long road to recovery, this is a contemporary update to Black Beauty .

Merritt Wenner has been adrift ever since the untimely death of her grandmother. After skipping out on the SATs to go on a bender, she wakes up to discover that her absentee parents have committed her to Good Fences, a residential equine-assisted therapy program.

Red, a thoroughbred racing reject, is a terror in the barn. He's never felt an attachment to anyone . . . until he meets Merritt. They belong together. Soon they're sneaking off for late-night rides, which is strictly against the rules. Their talent does not go unnoticed. Sprung from Good Fences by the facility's mysterious benefactor, Merritt and Red plunge into the competitive equestrian circuit--with all its seductive glamour and twisted jealousies. After a tragic incident, Merritt must choose between the boy she's fallen for and the horse she loves.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Teen, [2016]
ISBN: 9781616955182
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (327 pages)


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Apr 28, 2017

From the author who brought you Gossip Girls, Cecily writes another book; Dark Horses. This book is very interesting, and it was a little confusing at first. This story is told from two perspectives. From Marret and Red, and I didn't know that Red was actually a horse, not a human. It was funny at times to read from Red's perspective because he has a mind of a teenage boy, even though he's a horse. Red and Marret's relationship grows throughout the story. Dark Horses is an OK book, some parts were a bit boring. I picked up this book because it had a horse on it, and I thought the cover was pretty cool. I didn't expect to read chapters from a horse's perspective. Very interesting. 3/5 stars.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I hate to say it, but I really didn’t like this book. I finished it but only because I had nothing else to read. The characters, plot, emotions… nothing stuck to me, not even the dual perspective! Merritt hasn’t been herself since her Gran-Jo died right behind her - and she didn’t even look back. Since then she has been hiding away, wasting away, while her parents run marathons and care less about her wellbeing than ever before. On a day when she walks out of the SAT’s and boards a train to her Gran-Jo’s house, she finally manages to convince her parents to send her to a therapy centre. Although reluctant at first, Merritt warms up to the idea of having a horse of her own as a form of therapy. That is, until she is paired with one of the meanest and troubled horses, Red. The bond that these two characters shared was amazing, and I really thought I would cherish the horse POV. But let me tell you this now, it is NOT a horse’s perspective. It is more like a teenager's than anything else; the horse knowing songs and using words that simply made no sense to apply to a horse. It was a big disappointment and the storyline was infuriating, to say the least. (Rating 1/5)
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 30, 2016

There is zero arch of them learning to trust each other. The horse just instantly accepted her and the story moved on. The horse is written like a stalker ex boyfriend. The girl is torn dramatically between which guy she should like. If you like Lifetime movies, you will love this story. And you can feel the ending coming and yes its poorly done. It probably is the dead center truth to what happens to alot of horses in dressage and jumping though.


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