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I'm a big reader and always hoped my daughter would be too, but it wasn't until we got the first one of these that the light bulb went on for her. I've got the first 4 as ebooks and just ordered the rest in paperback because we did away with tablets for the most part. She's going to be so excited. Thank you for writing these. I will be eternally grateful.
Not my usual kind of book, but I thought I'd give it a go. There were a few themes of fables inside as Evy could understand the feelings of the horses, and it's understanding why she might be cursed, as not many would understand what she has or what she's going through, but while reading the book, I believe that she just has a gift and not cursed at all. It was nice seeing her journey with these horses and sharing their feelings and what she knows about each of the horses! Great story and a great read.
The story and characters are interesting and I enjoyed the funny, ultra casual first person telling of the 13 year old main character. There were a few drawbacks that made this book just ok.
1. Main characters doing incredibly dangerous things without thought. If the 13 year old is smart enough to leave out food in a place herbivores will find it, why is she stupid enough to think she has to get right up to carnivores to give them food? Herbivores won't eat humans, carnivores will -- and this barely enters her head the first time, and then she does it AGAIN after nearly getting eaten the first time. Really?
2. The rules of the telepathic connection weren't well thought out/worked out. Distance seemed to affect it, except when it didn't. Strength/urgency of emotion seemed to affect it, except when it didn't. Ex. She didn't have any control over her gift so she's feeling every feeling/impression of the wild horses miles from the house but from the horses right next to her, including the one she's riding, there's nothing except when they want to "talk" to each other.
3. The dog is old and crippled, but at the end of the book, is the sole protection against a wolf this girl brings with her while she breaks a promise to her mother regarding safety and suddenly, the dog is young and hale and acting like it's in its prime.
There's a few other inconsistencies than these and, if this is geared to the preteen/teenager, some disturbing examples of behavior besides what I mentioned that I wouldn't be keen on that age being exposed to.
If you love horses, if you love adventure, and if you love a good underlying mystery you are going to love this series. I read all nine books in a mater of days. Evy, the lead character has a connection with horses like no other...she land her artist mother ive in the wilderness with little contact with the outside world world. So Evy has had plenty of time to harness and improve on her "gift" Her adventures, which are often shared with her only friend and neighbor, are realistic for the area that she is living in. On top of this there is an underlying mystery about why her mom has chosen to drop out of main stream society and live off the grid in the wilderness. As Evy gets older her need to know about her mother's past and why she has become a hermit of sorts becomes an obsession. Little does she know how much this "secret" has to do with her and solving it may change Evy's life forever! I suggest you get the whole series as you are not going to want to stop until you know the whole story! Although written for teens and tweens, it is still an enjoyable read for the adult who loves horses and adventure!
I really hink that those one stars are people the hate hrses because there is a lot of intresting parts in the book. First Evy can talk to horses and can hear the wild horses from where her bush home is.(A bush home is a ome that is hidden i the woods). The book is really good for kids who like myterys and action. The book really helped me understand how my horse feels through body language. All in all, I highlyh recomend this series from Angela Doresy and give a good reveiw. And please if you don't like horse don't read the book and dom't give a bad reveiw either. 5 star!!!!!!!
This book was so good. My faughter and I read it together. We love horses and she likes to be read to. It has some mystery and some drama without being too much. Highly recommend it for any age reader.
Didn't know what the age range for this book was until after downloading it and now I can't remove it from my library? Why is everything such a chore with digital apps? You spend half of your life investigating how to do things and then wonder where the time went?
Evy lives in the wilderness with her mother. The author reveals the reason for this decision later in the mystery. Evy has a special relationship with horses. She has the capacity to communicate and speak with horses.
This special relationship sustains Evy in her lonely existence. The author aptly portrays the tenderness and sincerity of the human/equine relationship. While the target audience is middle-grade and teens, any one who loves horses will enjoy reading this book, the first in a series.