Author: M. L. LeGette
Leah Vindral is suffocating–trapped in her own skin. In a land where magic is feared, magic saved her from death … but it came with a terrible price. Marked forever, she is shunned and isolated by those she loves most. Brimming with bitter rage at those who abandoned her, Leah flees from her childhood home only to be swept into an impending war: Mora, a wicked witch, has been imprisoned for years, waiting like a spider in the folds of her web for the chance to regain the powers once stripped from her. It is there, while she waits, that she learns of a strange young girl … a girl who can speak to unicorns. Now Leah must save the country that shuns her, for if Mora returns to power, all will be lost. But can Leah, who is so frightened and confused herself, find the strength to save them all? (Summary from Goodreads.)
There wasn’t anything wrong with The Unicorn Girl. It was just… bland. Generic. The writing style felt stilted and stiff, with ‘ly’ adverbs liberally scattered. There were elves – tall people with pointed ears who live in a shining castle, and about whom we know little else. There was the evil, cackling witch with her pet raven and plan to overthrow the world (all quite literally) and no other backstory. One dragon, who is described as the basic flying reptile. And the unicorns, white horned horses with lion’s tails, who were honestly quite disappointing when they finally appeared. I would have found the whole thing more interesting if it was marketed as a parody of generic fantasy, because that’s what it feels like.
Sexual content: Governess is excited by an impending ball, because of the prospect of suitors for her charge. After a boy dances with her charge once or twice, her governess instructs her in snaring him, advising her on sitting near but not too near and giving exactly the right amount of intriguing glances.
Language: 4 bloody, 3 d***, 2 hell, a few exclamations of “My God/Good Lord”
Violence: A sphinx kills two knights and eats one of them. A stag is hunted and killed by bow. There’s a few monster attacks with little detail.