Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 15th 2014
Source: NetGalley for review!
Purchase: The Book Depository
Read it in: 1 1/2 hours
Word Rating: Winsome
The Terrible Horse
Tail Tale Fiasco
So before I get on with the review, just want to share why I don't like horses. Horses scare me. Why? Well, once upon a time when I was three, I was feeding a MASSIVE horse a carrot (it didn't need the carrot) and it was so in love with the stupid carrot (I don't like carrots now either) that in it's hurry to get it in it's gullet as soon as possible, it mistook my finger for the carrot and bit it REALLY hard. And the stupid animal would. Not. Let. Go. It's not funny! The horse just munched on my finger oblivious to my pain filled ear splitting howls. Bloodthirsty animal. I'm convinced it comes under some evil-horsey-bloodthirsty-psychopath-horse-thing. DON'T JUDGE ME. That's how my three-year-old brain worked. (It still works like that to be honest.)
To this day, I still do not understand why someone would want to ride or enjoys riding those things. I have legs, thanks, and I prefer NOT to be jiggled around like a sack of spuds. Plus, what if you fall of??? BRAINS SMUSHED EVERYWHERE, THAT'S WHAT. And, no. my opinion of horses has not changed whatsoever, if you're still wondering. ;)
The Actual Review
Appaloosa Summer is a hard book to review as while it was a sweet read, it was kind of a empty no fodder
I related to Meg quite well, which I was really surprised about. You'd think a girl obsessed with horses and also grieving about a horse (can you hear the disgust in my tone?!) would have about as much in common with me as a toothpick (and, no, I have nothing in common with a toothpick, unless you count when the urge to stab an annoying character or person with it, comes) but I generally liked her and felt sorry for her. (I didn't feel sorry for the horse, though.)
The romance was sweet and I thought Jared and Meg suited each other well. They both helped each other get over the other's loss (Jared's Dad, Meg's horse) and were good for each other. Nothing is worse, then when relationship is poisonous, but Jared and Meg didn't have that.
I wanted to learn more about Slate the best friend. Slate was only in about 1 chapter of the whole book and the rest we saw of her, was her texts. Sloane sounded like a really good friend, and as there aren't many good friends out there in YA fiction, I would've liked to see her feature more.
The horse stuff (I don't know what to call it, other then 'stuff', lol) while there, wasn't a massive factor which I was relieved about. I don't speak horse tongue, but thankfully it was toned down to a minimum, and I managed to piece out the little bits of it with my awesome language guessing skills.
I also felt like it was more novella sized then novel sized as well. I read it in about 1 1/2 hours tops, and it felt very quick. It was all a cute sweet read and everything, but still felt short. I couldn't find anywhere on my kindle or goodreads the length of it in pages which annoyed me.
All in all, while this was a sweet read, it was a nothing read at the same time. It involves horses, grief, young love (*throws up violently* yep, I'm still a grossed out three-year-old at heart XD), hope, friendship and happy ever afters. Unfortunately I didn't really 'click' with it, so it's only going to be a 3 star book.
My review might have read a bit over the place but I was just a little unsure what to say, so thanks for bearing with me peoples! :)
3 stars out of 5
Have you read Appaloosa Summer?? Anyone else had bad horse experiences?? (I want to know!!) And tell me(the most important question, obviously): How do you feel about horses??? Think carefully here, Wonderlings...