Convince Me To Read (10): Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

Posted April 23, 2016 by Jamie in Convince Me To Read, Features, Reviews // 0 Comments

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Convince Me To Read (10): Unicorn Tracks by Julia EmberUnicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
Published by Harmony Ink Press on April 21st 2016
Pages: 180

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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.

Jamie’s review

I really enjoyed UNICORN TRACKS; I just wish it had been a little longer. Everything about this story really worked and I think I would like more from Mnemba and Kara in the future (Companion novel???). The biggest takeaway is that I really recommend picking this one up.

Mnemba was a great character and I really liked being in her head the whole time (although I would have liked to know what was going through Kara’s head at some moments). Mnemba was strong, sure of herself, and tough. She knew how to keep herself and others safe. I also liked that she liked to sleep in, chocolate, and that she thought about how tough characters were on her but how nice they were to tourists. All in all, she felt like a real person. And that was great! I loved learning more about her as time went on.

The strongest part of this novel was the plot though. It was well thought out and made sense. I think it is difficult sometimes to incorporate schemes into a novel without realizing true motives and the like, but this made sense. I also liked the little rant (I guess, I don’t know what else to call it without spoiling the ending) from the villain in this story that made Mnemba give pause. I think it was nice to see things from both sides of the story.

The worldbuilding was also great. I liked how seamlessly everything flowed together with the fantasy overlapping reality. I also enjoyed learning more about the creatures as they came up. I felt like I really resonated with Kara in these instances because all her knowledge was from books, whereas Mnemba had first-hand experience. Seeing the interactions between the two while they were exploring was so interesting. I liked that there was a “Beast Guide” (IDK WHAT ELSE TO CALL IT) as an appendix at the end, but I would have liked more interaction with the animals during the course of the story. We really only saw a couple creatures and I wanted MOAR OF THIS. I think it would have been interesting to see them in their natural habitat and just in general and CREATURES.

The romance was just THE BEST THOUGH. Like I don’t like romance in stories but that does not apply to lesbians! Yay Kara and Mnemba! I also really liked the way the ending came to fruition for the two of them. I think it was more natural and made sense in the reality of the story. I also liked the reservations that everyone had about it because I think every relationship starts off with a bit of a hiccup. Anyway I totes ship it.

Here is what I didn’t like though: the length. I thought this one was too short for everything that I thought should have been in here/expanded upon. At the end, everything worked itself out fairly quickly and easily. I think a little bit more time was needed for me to feel satisfied, especially when the two girls go back to the camp to stop something else from happening.

Otherwise, everything else was GREAT. I have no other complaints. I liked the plot, the characters, the development, literally everything. This is what a novel should be. AND there is ladylove! LADY LOVE. Nothing could be better imo. Like main things in this novel: diversity, unicorns, lady love. That = excellent novel to me.

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When Dani reads UNICORN TRACKS, she is going to love it. I JUST KNOW IT. I don’t even have to really persuade her, just shove the book in her hands and she will be a puddle of goo because this book is SO GOOD. She will also want it to be longer but she will still love it, just like me.


About Julia Ember

Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Sunny Scotland where she learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. She spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd for a large book wholesaler, and her nights writing YA Romantic Fantasy novels.  She also spends an inordinate amount of time managing her growing city-based menagerie of pets with Harry Potter themed names.

A world traveller since childhood, Julia has now visited over 60 countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters.

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