Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: The Unicorn Hunter by Rachel Kirkaldie

The Unicorn Hunter, by Rachel Kirkaldie
2017, 192p, YA Fantasy
My Rating=3.5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Princess Jessalyn's betrothal is the talk of the realm, but all she cares about is escaping her family's smelly fishing kingdom. As queen of Gontir, her life will finally be perfect. But her plans are shattered when she's kidnapped by a murderous unicorn hunter in a plot to destroy Gontir. With her dreams in ruins, Jessalyn must decide if the life she's always wanted is worth the price of her heart.

Princess Jessalyn is beautiful, spoiled and betrothed to the man of her dreams. She's looking forward to becoming Queen. However, a plot to kidnap her can ruin everything and open her eyes to some truths she'd rather not see. Erik is the scoundrel who leads the band of men who kidnap her at someone else's bidding. There are plenty of secrets to uncover in this adventure!

This is a story that I enjoyed but had some issues with. I liked the general idea but felt that certain parts were rushed and wound up leaving me confused. Jessalyn isn't easy to like and I didn't feel like her character grew enough to win me over by the end.

I thought this book was creative and had some twists and turns which kept me interested in seeing how it would end. The ending is left wide open for a second book and I still had lots of questions when I finished reading. Erik is a likable character. Yes, he's a scoundrel but he questions what's going on around him and has a desire to become better.

This is a book that I did want more from, but still enjoyed reading! I enjoyed getting to know the characters and it will be interesting to see what happens to them in the future. This book is worth checking out if you're looking for a light, quick read!

Rachel Kirkaldie earned a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from BYU-Idaho in 2002. While she was there, she worked as a writing assistant in the student writing center, published poetry in the school literary magazine The Outlet, and attended multiple conferences and workshops. More recently she won “Publisher’s Choice” for best Christmas story in a contest on ldspublisher.org. Although a full-time mother and a part-time state employee, she still finds time to dedicate to her writing, making it the best she possibly can.


Deanna Reads Books said...

I felt pretty much the same way when I read this book. It felt a little rushed. I read early on in this tour on another blog that this is supposed to be a trilogy and she had to cut out a lot from this to go into the second book. So that gave me more insight, but I still wanted more from this book. Great review!

Melanie said...

Thank, Deanna! I hope the series gets better!

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