*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way*
Julia Ember’s debut novel, Unicorn Tracks, follows 16 year old Mnemba, who is employed as a safari guide by her cousin, Tumelo. Kara, and her father, Mr Harving have come to the park to do some research on the unicorns, but discover quickly that all is not as it appears and in a desperate bid to save these mythical creatures, go out to try and stop who is responsible for their capturing….
Things I Liked:
This book reminded me a lot of Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (which is weird because I didn’t like that book, yet loved Unicorn Tracks). I think they are both quite similar in terms of the setting and the fantasy elements, as well as the romance which develops over the novel . I do think that Unicorn Tracks was more successful in these elements and was glad to read something with similar ideas which I enjoyed.
Unicorn Tracks was written very beautifully and the plot was thought about carefully. I fell in love with the characters and loved both Mnemba and Kara and their romance seemed genuine as it developed over time. It was fantastic to read a lesbian romance where it wasn’t made a MASSIVE problem or point that both characters were of the same gender. The plot didn’t revolve around this romance and there were lots of other elements to the story plot, so it was great to see a romance which was something to enjoy as a side! And an inter-race relationship too!!! *happy face*
All the characters had their own personality and it was refreshing to see both Kara and Mnemba as two strong, leading female characters. YES!
I really enjoyed the fantasy element with the unicorns and the other animals, including griffins and mermaids. The world was described in a way that was easy to imagine and was built up over time, which allowed me to take it in and not be bombarded with too much information at once!
Overall, this was a very quick read and I highly recommend, especially if you like mythical worlds with a little bit of romance! The characters are very loveable and it made a nice change to the usual contemporary books I normally read. Loved the mix of genres too! I would have liked it to be slightly longer so I could see the relationships develop further because I loved Kara and Mnemba so much! This was a brilliant debut novel that I enjoyed reading. Definitely worth picking up if you were looking for a short read with romance and fantasy elements! Rebel of the Sands feel to it!