Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Published: January 1st, 2013
Page count: 336 pages
Source: Won on Author's Page
A fiery and romantic adventure, perfect for fans of Grace Lin, Kristen Cashore, or Lisa See!
Jade Moon is a Fire Horse -- the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, willful, and far too imaginative. But while her family despairs of marrying her off, she has a passionate heart and powerful dreams, and wants only to find a way to make them come true.
Then a young man named Sterling Promise comes to their village to offer Jade Moon and her father a chance to go to America. While Sterling Promise's smooth manners couldn't be more different from her own impulsive nature, Jade Moon falls in love with him on the long voyage. But America in 1923 doesn't want to admit many Chinese, and when they are detained at Angel Island, the "Ellis Island of the West," she discovers a betrayal that destroys all her dreams. To get into America, much less survive there, Jade Moon will have to use all her stubbornness and will to break a new path . . . one as brave and dangerous as only a Fire Horse girl can imagine.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars!
The Fire Horse Girl is an interesting and enjoyable ride. I liked it a lot because it takes place back in 1923 and I so love traveling back to different times. I love to learn about different cultures and traditions I might not be aware of and discover something new through the character's eyes, or at least, to see things differently.
Jade Moon's story starts off in China. She's an only child and a Fire Horse Girl. She's unlucky and a "disgrace to her family". Soon to be a grown woman and with a dull life ahead, Jade is desperate to get out of her village and travel the world in search for something better. When Sterling Promise enters her life and somehow is the cause why she gets to travel to the New World, fireworks explode.
I can't say enough how much I loved Jade Moon's character. She reminds me a lot of Disney's Mulan, and you have to know she's one of my favorite princesses ever. Anyway, Jade Moon is some serious kick-ass fire horse girl. She is smart, she's stubborn and she is a fighter. If she has a dream, she goes for it no matter how high she has to climb. Jade is a bit clumsy and might forget things, but it's because she is constantly daydreaming, which I don't deem unlucky at all. I can't believe people didn't see that in her, how special she was. Except for Nana and Sterling Promise, of course.
I struggled a bit to like Sterling Promise and to believe there was a love story between him and Jade. I didn't feel anything until the last chapters of the book and by then I had already made up my mind about the whole idea. So really, the romance is not that memorable, yet I'm okay with it, there were so many other things to focus on rather than lose my mind over their lack of feelings.
This book is a stand-alone, so naturally, I wish it were much longer. And, come to think of it, to have been more challenging for the characters to solve whatever they had to solve at the ending. It wraps up nicely, but it left me wanting for more action, more Jade, and why not? More Sterling Promise. Maybe I would have fallen deeper for him. Maybe. Still, The Fire Horse Girl is a book I would recommend to someone looking for a trip to the New World back in the days and hungry to experience the life of a Fire Horse Girl.