ARC Review : The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

tumblr_n6hno2qIxr1sfxmouo1_500The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

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Genre : Fantasy, Historical Fiction

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My Rating : 4 stars

240 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

About this Book: 

There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the mirrors that line its grand hallways, which once belonged to a princess. In those that reflect the elegant rooms, now filled with sick children. It is her secret.

One morning, when Emmaline climbs over the wall of the hospital’s abandoned gardens, she discovers something incredible: a white horse with broken wings has left the mirror-world and entered her own.

Tucked into the garden’s once-gleaming sundial, Emmaline finds a letter from the Horse Lord. He is hiding the wounded white horse, named Foxfire, from a dark and sinister force—a Black Horse who hunts by colorless moonlight. If Emmaline is to keep the Black Horse from finding her new friend, she must collect colorful objects with which to blind him. But where can Emmaline find color when her world is filled with gray?

My review:

Emmaline sees winged horses in the mirror. And one has just come out of the mirror world and is staying at the sundial garden.
Based in England during World War 2, this book has magical realism since we’re not sure whether the horses are real or just active imagination.
It is a pretty good middle grade book. It has its sad and happy moments in just the right proportion.
And I just like everything about it. The characters, the premise, the letters by the Horse Lord and The Illustrations. It has a splendid writing style and some deep issues settled within.


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