Reviewed by Melanie on July 24, 2017
As with “Faults” I jumped at the chance to read a horse book that I hadn’t already read. After reading the description I had my doubts about a “magical horse” but was pleasantly surprised by the story itself. There was plenty of conflict and small storylines to keep things interesting.
While I enjoyed the story overall the characters fell flat. Abby is fairly boring and for a high school student seems to not have serious or thoughtful conversations. Parts of her storyline, like her mom’s addiction, could have added some much needed depth to he story, but instead her parents went to a “spa” for treatment. I feel like they were intentionally written out so that we got to know Joy better, but I feel like it distracted from character building overall.
The “villain” Mr. Owens seemed like a character from Scooby Doo. His elaborate but constantly foiled traps added nothing to the story overall. I kept expecting him to say “And I could’ve gotten away from it too, if not for that meddling coyote.”
Speaking of the coyote, I feel that Cody was a very interesting pet. The chapters told from his “point of view” felt stilted because no other animals in the book had their own point of view chapters, though Dancer is put in danger more often than Cody was.