Monday, July 1, 2013

Middle Grade Monday: Wonder Light: Unicorns of the Mist by R.R. Russell

e-ARC, 220 pages
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Published by: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Series: Unicorns of the Mist, #1
Source: NetGalley (This galley was given to me in exchange for a just and honest review.)
For fans of: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Boarding Schools, UNICORNS!

     Deep in the heart of a mist-shrouded island, an impossible secret is about to be discovered.
     Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for "troubled" girls on a misty, haunted island, Twig is about to discover the impossible — someone who needs her.
Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables. There in the straw is a bleating little scrap of moonbeam. A silver-white filly with cloven hooves and a tiny, spiraling horn.
     A baby unicorn.
     Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island's mist: the last free unicorn herd. And a mysterious boy named Ben who insists that this impossible creature is now Twig's to care for. That she needs Twig's love and protection. Because there's something out there in the deep, dense shadows that's hunting for them...(From Goodreads

     This middle grade is one for the upper level MG readers. It features a very cool unicorn tale and a thrilling ghost story. Now that doesn't mean that it will be too scary, its still a very cute read. 
     In the story, Twig is sent to an all girls camp on an island run by a Mr. and Mrs. Murley. They help the girls looks after ponies to help them learn responsibility and to stay out of trouble. One day a mysterious horse shows up and with it comes yet another mystery. It ends up being a unicorn and not a horse! Twig is told by a ghostly boy that dangerous things are happening to the unicorn herd and she is the only one that can help them. This new responsibility scares her, but she knows she must do what she can to help them. 
     What I loved most about this book was the emotion in it. Twig was going through a rough time and I was able to feel everything she went through. From the happiness she felt when she first discovered the unicorns, to how scared she was when she first arrived at the island. 
     This book of adventure sets the perfect stage for the next installment in the series. I can't wait to see what will happen next in Twig's world.
Overall, I give this


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