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"UNICORN KEEP by Angelia Almos is a lovely, lovely story...The unicorn element was delightful, and for unicorn fans, this is a must-read. I give it four stars." -World Crafter
"... magical feelings, magical creatures, and I promise you that you will want to be a unicorn keeper yourself. Read it and feel magical." -Darlyn & Books
"What a magical story, I honestly can't think of any other word to describe this book. I enjoyed the budding romance between Jiline and Herrick, but I think it was the magic that occurred between the Unicorns and Jiline that had me turning the pages. " - A Tasty Read
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I wish the story was fleshed out a bit more because I personally like to have a connection with the characters, and I didn’t have that here. There were also a lot of blank spots in the story. You go on this magical journey but you don’t really know what caused this to happen in the first place. How were the unicorns captured in the first place? Are there others out there or just them? What does it mean to be a mage? Is it a taught trait or hereditary? Not to mention there is this creature that attacks them on their journey and Jiline recognizes it from her studies, but because the author didn’t make us privy to the scene where she learned about said creature, I had no idea what the creature looked like. There were a lot of things like that that were looked over. The story ended on a note that made me feel like that was it. Like the characters were riding off into the sunset. So I don’t know if anything will be hashed out or if the author is just leaving it up to the readers to figure out.
I still enjoyed the story though. I can’t say that I’ve read many books that had unicorns in it, and certainly not ones where unicorns were a predominant character. Not only are there a lot of scenes with them in it but Jiline is able to telepathically communicate with them. So instead of just being, Horse 1 and Horse 2… they have names and personalities. It was definitely interesting to have so much interaction with a creature who rarely makes it’s way in the spotlight of novels.
What a refreshing book! Pretty fairy tail like, in that the good wins (the Unicorns) and the bad looses (the Mages) and a pretty girl helps!
But thats OK. Ms Almos has a vivid writing style and you can almost taste the scenery and characters.
The story is simple. A tradition of kids being taken to the Unicorn Keep to help with the Unicorns. Or so they think. If the Unicorns don't choose them, there are other jobs that need to be done also.
The Mages that come to choose, have to make sure the kids taken are not magical. Jiline is a girl in a large family and they hope she'll be able to go as there isn't much going on in the small village she's from. But her friend Madelen is chosen instead. Madelen is set to marry the mayors son and doesn't want to go. So Jiline decides to switch places with Madelen.
Thats the basis of the book. Inbetween you fall in love with the Unicorns. *smile*
I do kind of wish we knew a bit more about things though. Maybe we'll get another book that will fill more in. Either way its a good light book to read.
The main character, Jiline, at fifteen years old is stronger and more loyal than most people I know. She is befriended by the unicorns and learns that they are being held captive by the Mages of the world, under the guise of protecting them. The unicorns talk Jiline into helping them to escape from the valley that they are prisoners of. That is when all the real fun begins.
Enter, Herrick. A Seventeen-year-old hot mage who also just happens to be Jiline's soul mate even though she doesn't yet know it. Quite the tension going on between these two.
I really enjoyed this young adult fantasy book. It has a bit of romance, but the action of the story is what really carries it through. The author did a fantastic job of keeping the story pace moving and my interest firm. Unicorns, mages, evil creatures, and unicorns, there is such a wide array of fun within the pages of this book. I so enjoyed this read.
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