Wonder Light by R.R Russell

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Title: Wonder Light
Author: R.R Russell
Series: Unicorns of the Mist
Edition: e-Book 248 pages
Publication Details: May 7th 2013 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre(s): Fantasy; Children’s
Disclosure? Yep! I received a free copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

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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…

Review


I read the second book in this series last year (over-zealous Netgalley request fail) and really wanted to love it but I didn’t know what the hell was going on. After seeing my review, the author got in touch and asked if I wanted the first book to see how the story began – and it might have taken me a lonnnnnnng time to get round to it, but I’m so glad I did.

Wonder Light is the story of Twig who is on her way to a secluded, potentially haunted island to live on a pony ranch for troubled children following an unknown incident.

Twig doesn’t expect to have a good time, fall in love with the ponies, or even make friends, but she does, and slowly she not only comes out of her shell, but also realises that she’s not a terrible person, in fact, she’s pretty cool.

A lot of this is down to Ben, a boy who seems to appear and disappear into the mist. And that’s not the only strange thing going on; there’s a herd of wild, vicious horses out there…but are they just horses?

I did have some issues with this book in the beginning, and I was worried that I would never get into it, but thankfully I did. Initially I found the world-building lacking and felt like some things should have been explained and described in more depth, especially considering the target audience, but this got much better as the book went on.

I wish that we got to understand Twig a lot sooner – I felt like I didn’t really know her or her story until mid-way which was frustrating. I really loved her by the end though!

From the cover, I was expecting this book to be kind of cutesy, but it’s really not. Wonder Light has moments of intensity, and even some scary ones. It’s full of action and felt like a real adventure. Sometimes however, it did feel like there was a lot going on. Good unicorns, bad unicorns, portals to another mysterious island, unicorn hunters, herders… I could go on!

I loved that it had a bit of everything and I was really surprised by how dark it was in places. I actually think boisterous boys would love this, and would look up to Ben and Merrill, and girls will want Twig as a BFF and be entranced by the ponies, unicorns and magic. Something for everyone!

unicorn rating 3

This Week in Books 05.08.15

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week.

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Now: Wonder Light ~ R.R Russell

I’ve only just started this, but it’s adorable already.

Then: The Curse of Crow Hollow ~ Billy Coffey

I finished this at the weekend, but I’m still not sure how I felt about it! My review will be up next week, hopefully!

Next: ???

It’s back to the review request pile, so the next one will be Prophecy of Stones by Mishka Jenkins.

New on the Shelf

(Linking up with Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews) and Friday Finds hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

Purchased: The only book I bought this week was a pre-order. One of my favourite musicians is Patrick Wolf, and he is releasing his first book of poems and art. Eeeeek can’t wait to get my hands on it!

ghostregionmock_copy_2_grande“I belong, here in the ghost region, all alone on the shore, this changing line between land and sea, between a cease fire and a war”

A new book written by Patrick Wolf, a collection of poems, journal entries and reflections from of the period between Lycanthropy and The Magic Position when Patrick Wolf produced and wrote the album “Wind in the Wires” a decade ago from the age of 21. Recently uncovering many volumes of poetry, streams of consciousness, drawing and prose, Patrick has curated and translated them into a portrait of a time of adventure and misadventure he has entitled “The Ghost Region”. Inspired in form by the freeform of Ferlenghetti’s “A Coney Island of The Mind” and Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves”, this is a beautifully made 93 page perfect bound book. The front cover is one of a series of paintings made near Lands End during a lyric writing retreat in 2003. Within the book are previously unseen drawings and self portraits from this time.

Netgalley: I was approved for The World According to Anna by Jostein Gaarder which was my WoW pick last week. So happy I got approved for this one. More info here.

I’m Waiting On…

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Poison Artist ~ Jonathan Moore

I can’t remember where I came across this book, but it sounds soooo good! It’s not out until next year though 😦

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A tale of desire, obsession, and deadly mystery, with echoes of Vertigo.

Dr. Caleb Maddox is a San Francisco toxicologist studying the chemical effects of pain. After a bruising breakup with his girlfriend, he is drinking whiskey at the speakeasy House of Shields when a hauntingly seductive woman appears by his side. Emmeline whispers to Caleb over absinthe, gets his blood on her fingers, and then brushes his ear with her lips as she says goodbye. He must find her.

As his search begins, Caleb becomes entangled in a serial murder investigation. The police are fishing men from the bay, and the postmortems are inconclusive. One man vanished from House of Shields the night Caleb met Emmeline. When questioned, Caleb can’t offer any information. But he is secretly helping the city’s medical examiner, an old friend, understand the chemical evidence on the victims’ remains. Caleb’s search for the killer soon entwines with his hunt for Emmeline, and the closer he gets to each, the more dangerous his world becomes.

The Poison Artist is a gripping literary thriller about obsession and damage, about a man unmoored by an unspeakable past and an irresistible woman who offers the ultimate escape. Expected Publication: January 26th 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

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