Title: Unicorn Tracks
Author: Julia Ember
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: 1st Apr 2016
A pretty little synopsis for you to feast your eyes on:
After a savage attack drives her from her home, sixteen-year-old Mnemba finds a place in her cousin Tumelo’s successful safari business, where she quickly excels as a guide. Surrounding herself with nature and the mystical animals inhabiting the savannah not only allows Mnemba’s tracking skills to shine, it helps her to hide from the terrible memories that haunt her.
Mnemba is employed to guide Mr. Harving and his daughter, Kara, through the wilderness as they study unicorns. The young women are drawn to each other, despite that fact that Kara is betrothed. During their research, they discover a conspiracy by a group of poachers to capture the Unicorns and exploit their supernatural strength to build a railway. Together, they must find a way to protect the creatures Kara adores while resisting the love they know they can never indulge.
My incoherent happy ramblings (spoiler free though, I promise):
This book is an incredibly unique, diverse read, with relatable characters and a fast plot and a cute romance and awesome animals and (SEE?? Incoherent ramblings!!)
But seriously, this book has the most PERFECT lesbian romance, with slow burn, and cuteness and YES! I loved this book for its romance, and it also deals with rape/violence towards women in a respectful way (I don’t feel like it needs a trigger warning though).
Mnemba is a fantastic main character (and is a POC which is awesome!) who I found myself immediately attached to, and was quite happy to follow her throughout the course of the story.
The book is set in a fantastical version of Africa, and often makes allusions to a country reminiscent of Victorian England.
Mnemba and Kara set out to find unicorns, and boy do they find more than that.
I loved this book, and found it a quick, delightful read with some really powerful messages throughout. Very happy to have received a copy from the author (but please note all opinions are solely my own).