Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: The Skyhorse by HL Carpenter

The Skyhorse

Author: HL Carpenter

Publication Date: April 6th, 2012

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Genre: Fantasy



Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck - until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers. When fourteen year old Tovi Taggert moves to Honeysuckle Hollow to take care of her grandmother, she has a hard time fitting in. For one thing, she’s been tagged with the hated nickname Too-Tall Tovi. For another, everyone at Honeysuckle Hollow High believes Tovi played the Choking Game with someone else’s boyfriend – and made out with him besides. As if she doesn’t have enough problems, after the latest stand-off in the school hallway, Tovi finds a gorgeous speckled egg nestled in a feather lined nest. She takes the egg home – and mysterious visitors begin appearing almost immediately. Even more worrisome, whatever is inside the egg starts chipping its way out. When the egg hatches, revealing a winged horse, Tovi’s troubles multiply. As she struggles to return the horse to the magical land where he belongs, Tovi must make a courageous decision – and accept what that decision will cost her.

My Thoughts: I might be a sucker for stories that involve animals. Horses being one of the big ones, I've always wanted a horse of my own so really enjoyed reading about the adorable Zephyr. Look at that little cutie on the cover! This was a pretty quick and easy read. It's a bit younger than what I generally read, I think I would peg it as a younger YA/MG, the 12-14 range. But it was still quite enjoyable. 

The Skyhorse follows poor "too-tall" Tovi. She's the new girl in town, the one who happens to be almost seven feet tall. All Tovi wants to be accepted, but it's hard to blend in when you tower over everyone. Tovi  makes a butterfly wish for a friend and a giant sinkhole opens up underneath her. Next thing she knows, she's thrust into a strange and wild adventure to return a young winged colt to his home in another world.

I found the story flows pretty quickly, I enjoyed the writing style and the pace. I'm not a huge fan of slow books, so this was a good one for me. I would most definitely recommend this to a middle grade audience. There are a few lessons to be learned (like not caving to peer pressure to be "cool"!) If you like light fantasy and are looking for a quick read, this might be worth checking out for you!


  1. Not sure this is for me, but it sounds cute. Ashelynn has horses. I'm jealous of her. I've always wanted a horse.

    1. It was very cute! definitely for a younger audience though! I'm super jealous of Ashelynn, I want a horse!!

  2. Okay, when I first saw the nickname Too-Tall, I thought it can't be that bad. I've always been tall.. I'm 5'11 now. But then I saw 7' and thought, oh, that's rough. lol

    I love horse stories too. I've had horses growing up, but always wanted a flying one. :D

    Great review, Jenn!

    1. Thanks :P And holy you're tall! I'm about 5'

      A flying horse would be awesome!


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