ARC Review: UNICORN TRACKS by Julia Ember

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Title: Unicorn Tracks
Author: Julia Ember
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Publishing: April 21st, 2016
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Goodreads blurb:
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.

Julia Ember's debut novel is filled with action, a non-Western setting, mythical creatures, family and love. Unicorn Tracks was just the novel I needed when I read it. Its story was crafted beautiful by Julia and the writing was just of my liking. I am excited to see more from her!

The setting of the book is in a safari in Nazwimbe. Mnemba works there for her cousin and her job is basically as a safari tour guide; she goes on these tours with foreigners and shows them what they want to see. But the real story starts when Kara and her father come into the camp and ask for Mnemba and her cousin to show them the mythical unicorns. 

It was such a wild ride from the very beginning. Although it was a bit short for me, the story inside spoke so much to my heart! Plus it doesn't only talk about these two girls in the middle of a conspiracy. It talks about the cultural differences between Mnemba and Kara and their lives before this.

The romance was my favorite part. Mnemba and Kara are the best thing in the world and their attraction burnt me. And it was also very natural between them and the love was clear in the air. I love every second of every scene with them interacting and enjoying each other's company. I kinda want more of them (hah!).
Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Sunny Scotland where she learned to enjoy both haggis and black pudding. She spends her days working as a professional Book Nerd for a large book wholesaler, and her nights writing YA Romantic Fantasy novels. She also spends an inordinate amount of time managing her growing city-based menagerie of pets with Harry Potter themed names.

A world traveller since childhood, Julia has now visited over 60 countries. Her travels inspire the fictional worlds she writes about and she populates those worlds with magic and monsters. 

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