Unicorn Tracks by Julia EmberUnicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

Unicorn Tracks

byJulia Ember

Paperback | April 21, 2016

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When a vicious assault compels sixteen-year-old Mnemba to leave her village, she joins her cousin Tumelo as a tracker in his booming safari business. It doesn’t take her long to become one of the best safari guides in Nazwimbe. Her work allows her to escape into a new world of wondrous creatures, and to avoid thinking about what happened at home.

When Mr. Harving arrives with his daughter Kara to research unicorns, Tumelo assigns Mnemba to them as a guide. The attraction between Mnemba and Kara is almost instant, but Kara is engaged to be married when she returns home. Venturing into the savanna alone, they uncover a plot by a gang of poachers to enslave the unicorns, harnessing their supernatural strength to build a railway. They must save the creatures Kara loves while struggling not to succumb to forbidden love themselves.

Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in sunny Scotland, where she has learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. She spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd 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 ...
Title:Unicorn TracksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.38 inPublished:April 21, 2016Publisher:Dreamspinner PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1634768787

ISBN - 13:9781634768788


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great, Diverse Book! What I Loved: I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw a few people I follow on Twitter had reviewed it. It was initially the cover that drew me in, plus the talk about unicorns. I'm telling you all right now that I'm team unicorn and that this book did not disappoint. I think my favourite part of this book was all the diversity! It wasn't one of those books where the author tries to shove it all in to cover their bases, it just flowed really nicely with the story. We had two main characters, one from and African-like country and the other seemed to be from and American or English inspired country. Their cultures were completely different and it was fun seeing them learn more about each other. That's not even all of it though! We also saw one of the characters struggle with sexual abuse and sexuality. Though she didn't really struggle with her sexuality which was actually kind of refreshing. She just went with it and didn't care which I loved. It just made the romance feel so much more natural (though I was disappointed there was no male character I got to crush on hehe) and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The romance in general was very well done for such a short book. Another thing I loved about this story was our main character Mnemba. She was the strong, independent type character that we've been seeing in YA a lot lately, only I thought she was better. My absolute favourite part about her was that she actually learned from her mistakes! There was one scene where she kind of rushed head first into a dangerous situation and instead of going back into that same situation (which happens way too often in YA books) , she actually goes and finds help! Imagine that! She knew she couldn't do something on her own and she went to get people who could help her, not because she's a girl and girls are weak, but because she's smart and knew that if she failed the first time then she needed to do something different. What I Didn't Like: The only reason why this book didn't get 5 stars from me was because of the length. I thought so much more could have been done with this book but instead it was rushed just a little bit and ended too soon. I could have used just a little bit more information and some extra time for the relationship between our two main characters to grow. Who I'd Recommend To: I'd recommend this to any YA fan that's always complaining about not seeing enough diversity in books. This is the perfect book for you because it's full of it. It hits culture differences, mental illness, LGBT romance, mythical creatures, and so much more! Plus it covers all those topics and does it effortlessly.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Debut Novel! 4.5* Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest 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.
Date published: 2016-04-26