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Dark Horses

Cecily von Ziegesar

ISBN: 9781616955175

Published: September, 2016

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Hardcover $18.99

Cecily von Ziegesar

Brooklyn, NY

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From the internationally bestselling author of Gossip Girl comes a dark, psychologically complex update of Black Beauty replete with jealousy, romance, mystery, and redemption.

Merritt Wenner has been self-destructing ever since the tragic deaths of her grandmother and her horse. After an epic all-nig...

From the internationally bestselling author of Gossip Girl comes a dark, psychologically complex update of Black Beauty replete with jealousy, romance, mystery, and redemption.

Merritt Wenner has been self-destructing ever since the tragic deaths of her grandmother and her horse. After an epic all-night bender, she walks out of the SAT and disappears. Her parents, looking for a quick fix, ship her off to a residential equine-assisted therapy program.

At Good Fences, Merritt meets Red: a failed racehorse and a terror in the barn. Red has never bonded with anyone, but Merritt is not afraid of him, which makes all the difference. Soon they’re sneaking rides after curfew. Red’s owner, recognizing their potential, funds their launch into the hunter/jumper circuit.

Against the cutthroat backdrop of competitive riding, Merritt finds herself unexpectedly attracted to Red’s groom, Beatrice, and at the same time drawn to Carvin, a rival rider. But in Red’s mind, Merritt belongs to him alone. Anyone else poses a threat. And Merritt can’t imagine the lengths Red will go to keep her to himself.

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“Move over, Black Beauty. Cecily von Ziegesar has brought the classic horse novel into the twenty-first century with an alluring, heart-wrenching, and nail-biting look at an elite and tumultuous world. The relationship between Merritt and Red is haunting and powerful. I devoured this book to its very end.”
—Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars
“Told in dual perspectives of a troubled teen and the difficult horse she’s paired with at a therapeutic riding camp, von Ziegesar has created a world so utterly unique, compelling, and at times heart-wrenching, it stayed with me long after I turned the last page. Dark Horses is an exciting new addition to YA you will not want to miss! ”
—#1 New York Times bestselling author, Alyson Noël
“A compelling story of love and fixation ... the twisted tale of Merritt and Red has the power and mystery of myth.”
–Eliot Schrefer, New York Times bestselling author and two-time National Book Award finalist
“Von Ziegesar, known for her Gossip Girl series, nails teen dialogue and horse-show society. ”
–Kirkus Reviews