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review 2017-12-12 02:39
Penny White's back for more Fantastic adventures
The Cult of Unicorns - Chrys Cymri

Sure, all I know about the life of an Anglican priest comes from this series and Paul Cornell's Lychford novellas, (oh, and one series of Grantchester) and maybe Fantasy fiction isn't the best source, but man, being a priest in a small village/town in England seems to be lonely and horrible -- especially around Advent. Which is where we find Penny White -- running on fumes, bouncing from obligation to obligation -- with barely enough time for her grieving brother, her gryphon partner and her snail shark (never mind the duties in the parallel world of Daear) -- not to mention casually dating a police inspector and a dragon. Throw in a murder mystery and . . . wow. How does she sleep?

 

Before we get to much of that Penny and her brother, James, go to Lloegyr for the trial in the death of James' girlfriend. It is quick, decisive, decidedly alien (as it should be) and adjudicated by a panel of 3 unicorns. Apparently, Unicorns are impossibly fair, honest and just so they make the perfect judges. No one, not even the dragons would dare protest what the unicorns decide. Penny can't help but note how almost everyone she sees reacts strangely to unicorns -- she'd probably do the same, however, if she weren't so dragon-obsessed. When bodies start showing up on Earth with what seem to be unicorn-caused injuries, Penny seems to be the only one who is willing to follow the evidence. At the same time, maybe it's just me, but it didn't seem that Penny was too bothered by the murders -- and certainly didn't seem to spend too much energy investigating them. (although, that might have more to do with the obviousness of the culprits and the difficulty getting anyone else on board with it).

 

James is not handling the grieving process too well -- not that anyone does -- and I was less-than-impressed with the way Penny was dealing with him.. It really seemed out of character for her. I think it points to a slow-build of a problem for Penny and her dual callings. In the first book, we got hit over the head with the concern that she'd be too focused on the other world too much to do a decent job on Earth, and while it was only brought up once or twice here, I think it's easy to see that the danger was real. I like how it seems that Cymri is moving this problem to the back burner, just so it can keep growing as a problem while being subtle about it. Professionally/vocationally, things are not going well for Penny, and I think this will continue for awhile.

 

While writing about book 1, I was worried about an impending romantic triangle -- and I like the way that Cymri dealt with it here, much more than I assumed I would when we left it off. I'm not sure I'm ready to breathe easily about it yet, but I have hope (I also haven't read as many romantic triangles this year as I have in years past, maybe my tolerance for them will increase). Actually, I liked just about everything about the romance angle in this book. Especially Morey's.

 

The Murder plotline (and the aftermath) serves as the narrative hook for the book, but doesn't seem to occupy as much of the time as you'd think. Where The Temptation of Dragons introduced us to this reality (or dual-realities, I guess), this one explores it -- with a greater emphasis on Earth. We really spend very little time on the "other side." Which was okay, really. I imagine that won't always be the case (glancing ahead at the blurb for the next volume, it looks as if I'm right).

 

I'm not sure what else to say at this point, but I'm pretty sure I've been less thorough than I intended. I enjoyed The Temptation of Dragons and The Cult of Unicorns kept all the charm and wit about that, but grounded the characters and their actions better (or at least more firmly). And really, that's about all you can hope for from a series -- you keep everything you liked in the previous installment and build on it. Cymri nailed that, which serves to make me plan on getting to book #3 faster than I did this one.


Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for this post -- thanks so much for this book.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/12/11/the-cult-of-unicorns-by-chrys-cymri
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photo 2017-10-14 21:17
Unicorns From Unimaise - Magical Metal-Horned Tribe
Unicorns from Unimaise: The Magical Metal-Horn Tribe - Sybrina Durant

This picture book, Unicorns From Unimaise, will introduce readers to the Tribe of Metal-Horned Unicorns from Unimaise. Read the brief text and soak up the fantastic imagery of each amazing scene. Illustrations by Dasguptarts will keep you going back to the book over and over again. You will see something new and different each and every time. This book is meant to be read to children but adults will enjoy it, too. It is a preview of "The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm," an illustrated book for teens and older readers.

Source: www.amazon.com/Unicorns-Unimaise-Magical-Metal-Horn-Tribe/dp/1942740182
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review 2017-08-07 16:17
Giveaway & Review – The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant @Sybrina_spt @GoddessFish
The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm Illustrated Book: Full Color Illustrations - JPGs Only - Sybrina Durant,Sudipta Dasgupta,Kimberly Avery

I love the magical and elusive unicorn, so when I heard about The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm, I had to ‘saddle up.’

 

 

The Blue Unicorn’s Journey To Osm by Sybrina Durant

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GENRE: Teen Fantasy Book

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MY REVIEW

 

There’s no place like home…OSM means awesome.

 

He is supposed to be their savior. But how can that be possible? He has no magic.

 

He feels an outsider, he just doesn’t fit in. Does anyone feel a touch of Rudolph in this?

 

The fun, colorful, imaginative illustrations are wonderful, filled with fantastical creatures, both good and bad.

 

Each creature is unique, individual, just like in real life.

 

Is there such a thing as a fish unicorn? If so, imagine the possibilities.

 

Set your imagination free.

 

The Blue Unicorn…reads like old time fairy tales…where life and death choices are made…And …maybe, you will learn why you never see a unicorn.

 

This magical fantasy filled with fun and humor, sadness and happiness, and lessons learned. We are not alone.

 

I voluntarily reviewed The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm by Sybrina Durant.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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Source: www.fundinmental.com/giveaway-the-blue-unicorns-journey-to-osm-by-sybrina-durant-sybrina_spt-goddessfish
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video 2017-08-04 11:41

Enjoy this book trailer for The Blue Unicorn Journey To Osm Coloring/Character Description Book.

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text 2017-06-02 15:39
My 2017 June InD'tale Magazine Reviews

I have three in this month's magazine: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2017/06/my-2017-june-indtale-magazine-reviews.html
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