Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Unicorn Girl - by M.L. Legette


In a land where magic is feared, magic saved her from death … but it came with a terrible price. Marked forever, she is shunned and isolated by those she loves most.
Brimming with bitter rage at those who abandoned her, Leah flees from her childhood home only to be swept into an impending war: Mora, a wicked witch, has been imprisoned for years, waiting like a spider in the folds of her web for the chance to regain the powers once stripped from her. It is there, while she waits, that she learns of a strange young girl … a girl who can speak to unicorns.
Now Leah must save the country that shuns her, for if Mora returns to power, all will be lost. But can Leah, who is so frightened and confused herself, find the strength to save them all?

5 stars
When I first spotted this book while surfing Amazon I was immediately drawn to the beautiful fantasy/whimsical looking cover (at the time the cover was a colored version done by Mae Jones). After begging my parents I finally got it that winter as a Christmas Eve present. I read almost the entire 400-page book in one night! The characters were realistic and had different personalities, unique and entertaining. And they also had their own faults and failures which added so much depth to this teen fantasy… Leah is a spoiled teenager who lives in a wealthy manor with her father, servants and unbearable tutor. It is when she comes down with the mysterious sleeping sickness that everything changes… Legette does a good job at portraying the stubbornness of teenagers and how they (me included) jump to conclusions too quickly and act rashly on those emotions. Granted, running away from home is a bit extreme but without that drastic decision the story would not have come to life the way it did! As well as Unicorns there are also the mysterious elves, good and bad witches alike and an adorable red-headed rogue you can't help falling in love with. :-) The only thing I would have to complain about are the witches. I grew up taught that there is no such things as "good" witches. But despite my discomfort of that I still enjoyed the good qualities and secret societies of these potion makers. 
So if you are a fan of fantasy, teen heroins, unicorns or just a good book in general… be sure to pick this up! You won't be disappointed. 

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