The Fire Horse
January 1, 2013
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.
I'm such a huge fan of Asian culture, as you might have noticed. I find cultures very interesting and so I love to change it up sometimes and read about something different. This is the kind of story I'm always on the look out for.
This book also incorporates history! Double win. I'm sensing a headtax-ish history. I'm not very familiar with American history but I know that was the case in Canada. Either way, I can't wait to learn more.
Also, last but not least, I love the cover. It features two Asian models, great colours and I love the costumes; the contrast is stunning.