Book Review: The Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette

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Title: The Unicorn Girl
Author: M.L. LeGette
Published: April 4, 2008
Publisher: CreateSpace
ASIN: B001FSJ48U
Format: Kindle edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: FREE Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

A Fairy Tale, Coming of Age Fantasy.
Leah Vindral is suffocating–trapped in her own skin.
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 and 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?

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This is part of my Random Reads where I read free Amazon downloads, and I was pleasantly surprised by The Unicorn Girl. I would definitely pay for this book because it is simply lovely and entertaining. I just LOVE the covers for M.L. LeGette’s books. They’re all in grayscale, but they are simply stunning. This is the first book that I read from her (I have The Tale of Mally Biddle which I have yet to read), and I think she is a likable writer.

I’m sorry to say that I was a little impatient with the beginning of this book, mostly because the synopsis was very promising. I think the action started somewhere past the 40% mark, and that’s about when I started getting sucked into what I was reading. Don’t get me wrong – the start would be an enjoyable read if you’re not expecting so much because Leah is an amusing character~

The Unicorn Girl is set somewhere along medieval times (even though some of the names seem so modern) where kings rule and knights and subjects do their bidding. It’s also a time where women need governesses to teach them and train them into becoming proper ladies, and this was definitely a problem for the free-spirited Leah Vindral. She doesn’t really car much for her lessons, and her governess, Miss Perish, is never pleased with her performance. She is more into seeing and riding her horse, Iris, and wandering outdoors. Miss Perish hates animals, and always tries to urge Leah’s father to take away Leah’s horse-riding privileges. It’s a good thing that her father cares a lot for Leah, and doesn’t always listen to Miss Perish.

When Leah fell ill and had to be saved by magic, things change for her. People started looking at her and treating her a lot differently, and even her father started hiding her away. And to add to that, her friend, Lavena, started pushing her away. Leah felt so lost, confused, and angry so she recklessly runs away from home, only to be thrust into a world of danger and discomfort.

This book reminds me a little of The Hobbit in how Leah goes on a really really long journey with many different encounters that also ends in a war that she doesn’t really fight in. Although instead of dwarves, we have an adorable redhead and a trusty horse as companions. And instead of an old wizard, we have an old good witch. She meets all kinds of people and creatures along the way, some to be feared and some to be loved. She forms alliances and enemies in a very exciting adventure filled with magic and reality.

I am very much satisfied with the ending. It makes a lot of sense. It reasons out why we don’t see unicorns anywhere any more. Although I think Leah had a hard time accepting that her appearance cannot change. But if I were Leah, I would definitely still want to have the striking white hair, blue eyes, and pale skin, even if I have to stand out. I want to look that pretty!

My favorite character of course is Ian. He is just a cutie. He’s one of those people who just simply starts helping out, even though he doesn’t really know much. I like how he just started talking to Leah, and kept on doing so even though Leah was a little bit unfriendly to him at first. He’s funny, charming, and just so adorable!

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OVERALL, this was a really good read. If you like The Hobbit and you want it with a mix of romance and a teen protagonist, then you might like The Unicorn Girl. It is a fun and interesting read where a 16-year-old Leah Vindral goes against the most powerful witch and the king’s army to save the unicorns. I really enjoyed this book, and I simply love Ian!

RATING:

4-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own any of the images I use, but some may be subject to editing.
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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Unicorn Girl by M.L. LeGette

  1. Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful review, Francine! I’m thrilled you enjoyed it. Ian is definitely my favorite character in it, too. He shows up right when Leah and the reader really need a break from the angst.

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