‘The Horse Dancer’ by Jojo Moyes Review

It’s been a while since I’ve written a book review and to be honest it’s taken me a while to finish this book, for many reasons. Overall, I have enjoyed the book but at times I got bored and a little distracted which made me lose interest.

The Horse Dancer

The story is based on two stories at first that gradually become one, one being about a 14 year old girl living in London with her grandad who loves horses and spends all her free time training and riding her horse Boo. The other story is focused on Natasha a soon to be divorced lawyer who’s life gets turned upside down.

What I liked most about this book was the storyline, it had an interesting plot which some interesting turns of events. It’s hard to describe the genre of book as it has a mixture of different themes throughout the book such as:

  • Romance
  • family
  • sadness/grief
  • animals

It doesn’t focus solely on one theme so is quite interesting. I also liked the fact it was about horses as I like horses and gained quite a bit of knowledge on them from reading the book such as a form of horse performance called dressage. I also enjoyed the fact it was quite an emotionally gripping story and as I got more and more into it the less I wanted to put it down, however it did take me longer than usual to get hooked onto the story line

However, the change of view of each paragraph did become a bit confusing and the change of tense also added to that as the paragraphs didn’t quite flow together smoothly; which I find easier to read. Some chapters also felt unnecessary and not essential for the story line which made parts a little boring.

Overall, I would rate the book a 3.5 out of 5, and probably won’t re-read it.

Q: What book are you reading at the moment?



📚Books I’d recommend 📚

Reading has always been a passion of mine since I was a child, although I did take a few years out I have recently rekindled my love for it.

My favourite thing about reading is how it can take you to a complete different place where it be hogwarts in Harry Potter or wonderland in Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. The way words on a book can create vivid images in my head always amazes me. (I sound like a right weirdo right?)

Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are” – Mason Cooley

As for recommendations; I would easily recommend every single book on my bookshelf as I’ve loved them all but that’s way too many. So I’m just going to tell you my favourites and hopefully some of you will read them too!

So my favourite book series is ….*drum roll*………   Harry Potter. To those who know me personally will not be surprised and to those who have me on social networks probably won’t be either. I have read and loved all Harry Potter books and I also think that they’re better than the movies (the movies are still amazing though). However my recommendations are not the Harry Potter series it’s rather the spin offs.

I’m not going to go into the plots as if you haven’t read them (or seen the movie to fantastic beasts) it would be a spoiler. When I first bought these books I was quite sceptical as they’re written in script which usually I find hard to read. J K Rowling however did a beautiful job at writing these books, so good infact I finished each book in one day, I couldn’t put it down! This is why I recommend these books, you won’t want to put them down. 

My second recommendation is ‘The perks of being a wallflower’ by Stephen Chbosky.

As well as being a great film this is a great book, which I’ve read 3 times. It’s a good read and quite short so if big books aren’t for you this could be. It’s uniquely written and quite honestly a lovely storyline.

My third recommendations are John Greens’ books, I did enjoy his two big hits ‘Paper towns’ and ‘the fault in our stars’ but my 3 favs of his are ‘An abundance of Katherine’s’, ‘Let it snow’ and ‘looking for alaska’

They are all each different (obviously) but all have one thing in common, each and every one of them is gripping and addictive. At first they seem weird but then you get hooked. I highly recommend John Greens work!

My fourth recommendation is ‘if I stay’ by Gayle Forman (yes this is a lot of recommendations but it’s hard to cut it down)

I don’t know if many people have seen the movie but if you haven’t you should definitely read this first. It’s such a tragic story but written so beautifully in this book. Very few books make me cry but this one did. If you’ve watched the film and liked it then I would still recommend this and it’ll just make you want to watch it again.

My fifth and final recommendation is ‘All that Glitters’ by Vicky Pattison (I can imagine you’re probably celebrating right now- that’s if you’re still even reading) 

I can honestly admit I did not expect to like this book because it is so different to the normal types of books I read but it proved my assumptions wrong! Definitely proving the phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’. This book is light hearted but still meaningful, it’s funny but also serious and it shows such a good message throughout. Definitely recommend this! And I hope Vicky Pattison goes on to writing many more books like this.

That’s all for today folks.

Thank you for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it! I genuinely didn’t think it would be this long when planning it but I’m happily surprised.

Please let me know in the comments what your favourite books are and if you’ve read any of these books and if you liked them! If you didn’t like this post please comment or message me what I can do to improve as I’m new to this

Thank you x

My first post

Okay so to start off I will introduce myself, my name is Jess and I’m 20 years old. I live in London and I work in a nursery. 

Why have I decided to make a blog?

I’ve always admired those who made blogs and have always been intrigued to do so myself. So I thought Why not? So here I am, I made a blog and I’m writing my very first post, in an uber on the way to work, classic eh?

What will your blog be about?

Well mainly makeup and I love love love it, I really want to start travelling so perhaps when I start I will post about that too and other beauty related things. 

Why makeup?

I believe makeup is a form of art, I don’t wear it to impress others or for anyone’s benefit but purely for my own. I like looking in the mirror and seeing glitter on my eyelids and a shimmer on my cheekbones it is oddly satisfying. (Totally not weird I know) makeup has been my growing passion for the past year and a bit, I love trying new makeup and experimenting with new techniques.

So with this blog I thought I could write reviews on what products I use and what I think of them and who knows it may be valuable information to some people (I hope so anyways!) I’m not qualified in makeup or anything as of yet but I am considering starting a makeup course and trying to get into the industry. 

The end of the introduction? 

So this is all I can think of saying in my first ever blog post! 

Thank you for reading and please check out my future posts!