Teen, YA or Older Reader Unicorn Book Feature – Wonder Light (Unicorns of the Mist Book 1) by R. R. Russell
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…
“R. R. Russell’s Wonder Light dares to explore a world where unicorns are creatures of wonder and power, and girls can find both strength and courage to be themselves.” ~ Robin Hobb, International bestselling author
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A Couple of Reviews To Help You Choose
Marcie5.0 out of 5 stars Twig has stolen my heart! Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2013
Twig has stolen my heart. I knew this book might have me reaching for the tissue box after I read the summary, but I could not stay away. If you’re thinking about getting this book for your child, I would recommend reading this book along with them. The girls in this story have a troubled past. Russell hints at their troubles without going into too much detail. However some children might have questions, and this book might help to talk about tough issues. But this book is more than that. It’s about magic. It’s about unicorns. It’s about courage and not giving up.
Twig is taken to a horse ranch on an island she believes is haunted. She doesn’t trust anyone at first. The ranch is a home for troubled girls, who all have the responsibility of taking care of horses. Twig is afraid at first, but she slowly comes out of her shell. Everything changes when one night she witnesses the birth of a baby unicorn. She’s entrusted with keeping the baby unicorn safe as well as keeping its existence a secret. The mysterious boy who lives on the island is the only other that knows of the unicorns. Together they must protect them from the terror that lives on the island.
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!
Aeicha rated it it was amazing
Unicorns + spooky, misty island + wild boy + home for “troubled” girls= an instant read for this girl!
I went into R.R. Russell’s Wonder Light already loving the premise and am so happy to report that the book lived up to and surpassed my expectations!
Twelve year old Twig is sent to live on a pony ranch for “troubled” girls, after a dangerous incident at home involving her new step-family. The misty, mysterious island spooks Twig at first, but then she discovers something magical, miraculous, and marvelous: a pure white, baby unicorn! Ben, a wild boy from the woods, tells Twig that she must keep the baby unicorn safe from the otherworldly dangers that lurk in the woods. Twig must overcome her own fears and past to protect her new home, friends, and Wonder Light (the unicorn).
Wonder Light is one of those magical, enchanting books that had me tingling with anticipation before I even read a word, and left me completely charmed and dazzled! With a spectacularly spooky setting, wonderful storytelling, and irresistible characters, this is one fantastically fun fantasy.
With a pitch-perfect middle-grade voice, mesmerizing atmosphere, and palpable emotion, Russell weaves a captivating and unique fantasy tale. The mist shrouded island, which is equal parts eerie; inviting; and intriguing, provides the perfect backdrop to such a fantastical story. Unicorns, magic, other worlds- the lovely fantasy elements are both familiar and refreshingly spun, dark and whimsical, beautiful and frightening. Part fantasy adventure and part coming of age story, Wonder Light is a grand mix of thrills, mystery, humor, heart, and wonder. I loved getting swept away into and falling in love with this world with Twig!
Twig is such an awesome, relatable heroine! I just love her wit, compassion, spunk, and spirit. Twig’s new home is filled with wonderful characters, from the loving Murleys to the other lovable girls and the sweet ponies. And Ben, the mysterious “wild” boy of the woods, is such a fun, endearing character to get to know. But Wonder Light, the breathtaking unicorn, really shines and stole my heart! The relationship and bond between Twig and Wonder is just so gorgeous and special and heartwarming.
The last couple of chapters had me turning pages especially fast, desperate to know what happens. The ending of book one totally thrilled and satisfied me, but definitely has me excited for book two!
My Final Thoughts: There’s so much about Wonder Light that I love: the sparkling storytelling, beautiful fantasy elements, lovable characters, and so much more! R.R. Russell has crafted a truly special and unforgettable middle-grade tale, that will have readers of all ages believing in wonders and miracles!
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