Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Crystin reviews The Unicorn Girl by M.L.LeGette

Today we have a review from Book Review Team Member Crystin, she blogs at http://crystinlgoodwin.wordpress.com/book-reviews/

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Crystin chose to read and review The Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette.

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Here is Crystin’s review.

Title: The Unicorn Girl by M. L. Legette

  • Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Leah Vindral isn’t like other girls. She can’t sew, pour tea, or dance – but she can ride like the wind. She doesn’t look like a lady either with her pale skin, dark hair, and large green eyes. But after magic saves her from death, all of that changes. Suddenly she’s beautiful – eerily so. The magic that cured her leaves an obvious mark – and now people she’s known her entire life, the people she loves most, are afraid of her. Then there are the rumors that say her sudden recovery has something to do with unicorns …

The Unicorn Girl is a lovely coming of age fantasy. In addition to the spunky Leah, the novel is full of intriguing characters, including Leah’s father and Lorna – a witch who used to know her mother. There are lords and ladies, kings and princes, elves and unicorns … really, what more could you possibly need in a fantasy?!

The story itself gently and slowly draws you in – then the urgency of the story explodes in your face. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, in fact it’s absolutely wonderful! I love it when I get sucked into a new world – I just want to warn you to start this book with plenty of time left in your day, because otherwise you’ll find it’s already two o’clock in the morning – but you can’t stop yet because you need to know what happens next. At least, that’s what happened to me.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy, especially if you’re a fan of unicorns or horses. If you tend to like young adult novels, then even better!

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Karen reviews The Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette

Today we have a review from Book Review Team member Karen, she blogs at http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

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Karen chose to read The Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette

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Here is Karen’s review.

The book introduces you to Leah Vindral, growing up motherless at Willow Manor. Her days are filled with learning – thanks to her demanding governess, Miss Perish. Her daily highlight is mounting her mare Iris. After recovering from an illness, everything is different, and she decides to flee. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Unicorn Girl, M.L. LeGette has created a wonderful YA fantasy and/or coming of age story. Throughout her endeavour, you can ‘watch’ Leah develop from a whiny little girl to a young woman who makes her own decisions. The Unicorn Girl is a really entertaining and fast-paced read. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to the characters and their experiences. All characters were believable, still leaving room for the readers’ imagination. The Unicorn Girl is a great story not only for YA fantasy lovers – a truly enjoyable read.

This is a book to read again.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT – Dani reviews The Unicorn Girl by ML LeGette

Rosie’s Book Review Team reviewer Dani brings us today’s review. She blogs at http://onlybooksandhorses.wordpress.com

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Dani chose “The Unicorn Girl” by M.L. LeGette

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Here is Dani’s review.

This YA fantasy novel follows the story of Leah, who is marked by the very magic that everyone fears. It saves her life, but sparks a series of events that are far out of her control and even further out of her comfort zone.

It’s got such a fantastic plot; the book is exciting and relentless in its pacing. The visual story-telling just begs for a film adaptation (which I would be the first in line to go and see, by the way.) The simplicity and action orientation means that this book is perfect for a young person just getting into reading; I’ll definitely be recommending it to any friends that have yet to fully experience the magic of books.

My only complaints about the book were requests for more; some huge decisions were perhaps a little rushed, and left with gaps in the explanations; there was a lack of non-action-based conversation (I’d have loved to see Lavena and Leah bond more); and I’d have really liked to see more of the unicorns.

That said, I loved pretty much everything that was put in – Ms LeGette creates some adorable characters (yes you, Ian), and she injects the story with flashes of humour and wisdom. Leah is a great protagonist: relateable, well-developed and a real pleasure to read about.

The plot was at times cliche and a little predictable, but I felt that these things were forgivable because it gave the story the feel of a fairy-tale.

In all, this book was fast-paced, clean and magical with a genuinely enjoyable story-line and the perfect premise to appeal to young readers (myself included).

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Guest Author Melissa LeGette

Today our guest is Melissa LeGette author of yesterday’s book The Orphan and The Thief, here is a link to the post if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4KH

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let’s find out more about the writing of the book.

1) Where is your home town?

I live in Washington, Georgia. It’s a little, southern town sandwiched between three big cities.

2) How long have you been writing?

Gosh, for a long time. Ever since I was little, but I didn’t think of writing as anything special – it was just something that I did without thought, much like a hobby. It wasn’t until I was older – 16 maybe – that I considered the profession.

3) Upon starting your book “The Orphan and the Thief” my thoughts went to “The Wind in the Willows”, by Kenneth Grahame, did it influence your book at all?

Bit embarrassing, I’ve never read it, which is ridiculous because I love animals dressing up as people. The book should be totally up my alley. So I know very, very little about the plot, except that there is a toad named Mr. Toad, so I can see a connection there.

4) Tell us about the card game “Bloodroot and toadstools” was it fun to write?

It was fantastic to write! The book is so much about potions that throwing in a potion card game was the cherry on top, for me. I hadn’t ever done something like that before and it was great fun to try to come up with the rules and such. And I just love the name of it!

5) I see you sneaked in a unicorn in to the story, are they your favourite animal?

I had a feeling you would notice that, Rosie! It’s true, I couldn’t help myself. Unicorns and dragons are my top two picks when it comes to magical/mythical creatures, so you should probably expect them to reappear in my writing.

When I was coming up with the ingredients to the Seeking Solution, I wanted some of them to come from animals and unicorn hair was just an obvious choice. Plus, it allowed me to play with the more animalistic version of a unicorn. In The Unicorn Girl, I wrote them more in the way that we think of: they can talk, they can do magic, they’re ethereal and all knowing. But I didn’t want to do that this go round. I wanted to do something different. If there were actual unicorns out and about today, how would they behave? Would they be reclusive? Protective? Aggressive? Curious? Though they’ve been painted to be such gentle creatures, I think we shouldn’t forget about those horns—they clearly aren’t pushovers as Toad discovers.

6) Can you tell the readers where the talking mug “Joe” came from?

Rather interesting story. My grandfather bought a ‘face jug’, as I think they’re called, by a potter named Ron Dahline. He bought this ages ago. And then my grandparents moved and were passing out possessions to lighten the load, and my dad took the mug. From there, the mug stayed tucked away behind some wine glasses and my dad would periodically take it out and fill it with beer, which repulsed my mom and always made me laugh.

It was when I was in the early stages of working on Orphan that I looked at the mug with a new perspective. And I thought, that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. That has to go into a book. I’m an idiot if I don’t put that into a book. So I put it into Orphan.

The mug is so outrageous. I mean it is wild with a giant, toothy grin so a lot of Joe’s characteristics came very natural to write, simply from the pottery itself. It was obvious that he should talk; it was obvious that he should be one of a kind and that that would make him a prize in the eyes of certain individuals.

7) What makes Agatha the spider  special for the children?

Because Agatha can travel magically through her web, she is able to lend a helping hand … or should I say leg? The biggest thing that I like about Agatha is that she represents an individual helping another individual simply because she can and simply because she wants to. The same is true with Izzie, who Melena and Toad later meet. When you look at both Melena’s and Toad’s upbringing, they’ve had to fend for themselves. Toad is raised by thieves and was bullied and teased and though he was part of a gang, he was very much on his own. Melena grew up in a very large orphanage and as much as I think kindly about the women who run St. Brenda’s Orphanage, I doubt they were able to give each child the love and attention that they deserved. And then, Melena gets ‘adopted’ by a terrible couple who just use her as labour. So, they both haven’t seen many acts of kindness. So when Agatha the spider offers to help them out of a very deadly situation, Melena is very overwhelmed by it and both children’s attitudes toward the spider is deep fondness.

8) There were so many wonderful magical moments in the book which was your favourite?

Wow. This is hard. Um, I really love the part when Melena finally meets the notorious Ramblers. I loved writing that scene. This scrawny 13 year old standing up to serious criminals and holding her ground – I thought it was great fun. Plus, it was a scene that I wrote very early on that ended up getting removed because the plot changed and it didn’t fit anymore, so I was really happy when I realized that I’d be able to put it back in with a few adjustments. And then there’s the ogre scene when they sing a ballad to scare the ogre away. That was also an idea I had really early on that was such fun to write.

9) Who was Mr Owl going to use the Seeking Solution to find?

No clue. What do you think?

For a really long time (this is one of my weaknesses, by the way), I did not know why Mr. Owl did what Mr. Owl did, which was a problem. I liked the idea of him being utterly repulsed by thieves even though—and you get sense of this—that he has some sort of relationship or treaty with Jack Pinch of the Ramblers. Jack even tells Melena that ‘we don’t get in each others way.’

Mr. Owl is a very wealthy man and something of his gets stolen. I have no idea what this is. I don’t even know if it’s a physical item or if he’s being symbolic. But he wants the person who took whatever it was to pay for his crime, and Owl is a man who dishes out his punishments. He’s not a person who will turn to authorities. It could be that the item that was stolen has a dark past? Maybe one that Mr. Owl does not want publicized? There are so many possibilities … In fact, I might have just come up with an idea …

10) This book screams for a sequel, to you plan to write one?

I’m so flattered and excited that you think so! I love reading series, but I’m terrified of writing one. I’ve been keeping this pretty quiet, but I do have a very rough idea for a sequel, but not one that focuses on Toad or Melena. It will still be set in Calendula, the same country that Orphan and the Thief is set in, but with new characters, though you never know. Some old characters might join the cast. So much happens in writing a book!

I do leave the door open for a return of Toad and Melena, if an idea ever came to me. So fingers crossed!

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Find a copy of this book here on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Thank you for being our guest today, Melissa and good luck with the next book.

The Unicorn Girl by Melissa LeGette

The Unicorn GirlThe Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A young girl has secrets kept from her, but this only causes her to search harder for answers. A world of magic opens its doors and Leah goes on her own quest, learning more about herself on the way. Witches, monsters, dragons and unicorns all become part of her destiny. I had a few doubts about the book at the beginning, but it soon grew on me and I wanted to race through it to follow the adventure.

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