Sunday, 20 November 2016

Unicorn Tracks - Julia Ember

General Info
Rating: ★★★★

Where I got it: This eBook was given to me by the author herself in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect my opinion in any way.

Short reaction: Very interesting and unique!!

Fav Quote: "The last wish of the dying gave special powers to the living that watched his soul depart."

After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.

Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.

Overall opinion: This was a really fun and interesting read!! Very unique! It’s a young adult fantasy with a lesbian romance in it which you don’t see very often. So when the author, Julia Ember, asked me to read and review her book I was really excited! I have never read anything like this before which made it a unique experience! And I really liked it! :)

Writing: First of all, I really loved the writing style of this book! I had many great and meaningful lines and it really kept you hooked to the story! I love how the author really described the nature and animals with so much detail! It really brought the story to life!

Plot: I really enjoyed the plot as well! I mean Unicorns, romance and poachers!? How can that not be amazing! The plot was really good! It was interesting and very fast-paced. In my opinion it was a little too fast-paced at times which made it a bit less mysterious than it could have been. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good!

Characters: The characters were all amazing!! I really loved Mnemba! She is such a fierce and strong girl! Kara as well! I especially liked them together! My favourite character was Tumelo, Mnemba’s cousin! He was so funny! He could make everyone laugh, even in the most difficult situations! I always love those types of characters! Funny but really loving as well.

Relationships: ahhh the relationships! I absolutely loved the romance story of Mnemba and Kara! Everything was so sweet and genuine! Again, it was a little too fast-paced in my opinion but that’s because the book is so short. It would have been interesting to see how it would have turned out if the book was longer so that there was a little bit more time for the romance to slowly build up. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Mnemba and Tumelo! I loved their conversations! They were always so funny!

World: By far the best part of this book is the world it’s set in! It’s such a rich and interesting world with so many unique creatures. There are unicorns but also phoenixes, chimaeras, mermaids and so much more amazing creatures! The land of Nazwimbe was so mystical and magical! I would definitely travel there if it was real! :)

Layout: Look at that cover!! Isn’t it amazing!! And super unique as well! It is not often that you see a painted cover like that! (at least I have never seen it before :))

Sum-up: So in short, this was a really interesting and mystical read with an amazing and sweet romance between two wonderful characters! I do think it could have been even better if the book was longer but even though it was pretty short it was still really enjoyable and I absolutely loved it! Definitely worth your time! :)

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