Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway for The Unicorn Thief by R.R. Russell

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I am so excited to introduce this book to you! I loved the first book, Wonder Light, and I enjoyed my second trip to Lonehorn Island to visit Twig and Ben and their unicorns.  Make sure you read the interview and enter the GIVEAWAY at the bottom!

About the Book:

Age Range: 9 – 12 years

Grade Level: 4 – 6

Series: Unicorns of the Mist #2

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (May 6, 2014)

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

A dangerous thief is at work in the land of the unicorns…
Twig and Ben are hard at work taming the last free unicorn herd on Lonehorn Island when Ben’s loyal unicorn, Indy, disappears. When their search leads them to the island’s secret passageway to Terracornus, the land of unicorns, they discover a bold thief at work.
There Twig learns the tangled truth about Ben and the evil queen who’s enslaved all of the unicorns. Now all of the captive unicorns are in danger and only Ben and Twig, the last unicorn riders, can save them.
Like Twig and Ben readers will be drawn to a beautiful and mysterious world where unicorns roam wild. R.R Russell’s storytelling is sure to captivate unicorn lovers of all ages. 

Praise for Wonder Light:

“In this atmospheric debut, the unassuming and subtle fantasy elements take a backseat to Twig’s growing faith in herself and trust in others.The combination of horses, unicorns, and an offbeat girl is a winning one.” – Booklist

“There are some really amazing middle grade books being published, and this is definitely one of them. I loved all the characters, but Twig captured my heart and I rooted for her throughout the entire book.You’ve never read about unicorns like this! ” – Books for Kids

“Young adult readers and their parents will appreciate Russell’s message that sometimes it just takes one person (or animal) to believe in you to make all the difference.” – Portland Book Review

“I totally enjoyed this story… I’m from Seattle and really loved the island setting. Add in all the great characters – Twig is wonderful! – and you have something very special that I can sell.” – Loretta Houck, Laughing Dog Books, Boonville, CA

“This is a wonderful coming of age book for the middle school crowd. I loved the name Twig and that she finds that she is brave, talented, and strong. I really cant wait for the next one! This book will appeal to the girls from ages 8 to 13.” – Witchever

“I was sucked into this book from the get-go. I have never wanted a character to succeed more than I do Twig. She is a well-written character that has many layers. Some still to be uncovered. I loved how her character opened up and changed throughout this book. Not only with Twig, but with the other characters, as well. This is a book I highly recommend!” – To Read or Not to Read

About the Author:

R.R. Russell lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up traveling the world as an army brat and now travels the country as a coach with a nonprofit judo club. She loves to read and draw, and like Twig, once spent a lot of time sketching unicorns. Visit her at RRRussellauthor.com. 

Interview with R.R. Russell:

Where did you get the inspiration for this series?
My family likes to camp at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island, and from there we can see some of the many small islands off the coast of Washington. Those islands, often encircled by mist, inspire so many questions. Does anyone live there? Who owns them? What sorts of things could be hidden on a small, private island, draped with mist?

Mysterious creatures? Maybe even unicorns?

Who better to discover such secrets than a girl who wants nothing to do with anything fantastical? A girl who wants only to stay safe in her shell with her own secrets for company.

Other than unicorns, what is your favorite magical creature?
Dragons!

What do you like to do in your free time?
Write, draw, work out, hang out with my family and my judo teammates.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Baskin Robbins “Tax Crunch.” Espresso-y and chocolatey!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I’d love to have super sleeping powers. I envy people who can fall asleep in cars, on planes, and as soon as their heads hit the pillow.

My Thoughts on The Unicorn Thief:

At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book as much as the first one, but the further I got into the story, the more I fell in love with it.

This is the second book in the Wonder Light series. In it, Twig and Ben venture into Terracornus (land of the unicorns) and the troubles in that kingdom. As with the first book, I loved the friendships that Twig developed. She showed her steadfast loyalty to the people and unicorns she loved. That doesn’t mean that she didn’t get into trouble—because she did—but she stood by Ben and his cause while she tried to do what was right. She continued on her path of healing and self discovery as she helped Ben through his own struggles, both internal and external.

R.R. Russell’s unicorns make for an exciting adventure. They are intelligent, spirited, and dangerous. They form strong connections with their riders, but are never fully tame. They can change faster than the weather. I really love this take on the mythical beast.

One of the things I liked about this book was that the author introduced new settings and characters without letting go of the original ones. I still got to spend time with the Murleys and the ranch girls that I grew to love in the first book as well as go on a new adventure, meet some new characters, and solve a new problem.

Content: Some suspense and violence, but I consider it a clean book. It’s not disturbing or dark, but it is suspenseful. Kids will be sitting on the edge of their seats!

Source: I received a digital galley of this book for the blog tour which did not affect my review in any way.

4.5 STARS

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Tressa S
    May 5, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I am going to have to get this series. It sounds like my two oldest would really love it. On to their Amazon wish list both books go for our next book buying trip…

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      May 6, 2014 at 2:32 am

      I really like these books. They're good, clean, and have just the right amount of danger in them for the age group. I hope your kids like them too!

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    R.R. Russell
    May 6, 2014 at 1:24 am

    Thanks so much for having me!

    R.R. Russell

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    Sally Spratt
    May 10, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Thanks for sharing. I hopped over from the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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    Resh
    May 10, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Looks like a great choice of books to read over summer Dena. I can totally see the subject being a hit with the MG audience!
    Thanks for sharing the review and giveaway on Kidlit Bloghop this week!
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks

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    ccarpinello
    May 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    This sounds like an enjoyable series. Going to take a closer look. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

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