The Hunt of the Unicorn by CC Humphreys

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10 Critic Reviews

There is a disturbing thread of misogyny throughout; Elayne, Princess Amaryllis [...] and even female unicorn Heartsease all spend most of their time imprisoned and answering to the men (there are no other women), and [...] she's mostly figurehead and aid. Don’t bother.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Elayne thinks the old family story that one of her ancestors stepped through a tapestry into a world of mythical beasts makes a great fireside tale. But she lives in the real world. In New York City. And she's outgrown that kind of fantasy.

Until she finds herself in front of a unicorn tapestry at the Cloisters museum and sees her initials woven into the fabric. And hears a unicorn calling to her. And slips and falls—into that other world.

Suddenly the line between fantasy and reality isn't so clear. But the danger is real enough. Almost before she can think, Elayne is attacked by a ferocious beast, rescued by a unicorn, and taken prisoner by a tyrant king. Each of them seems to have an idea about her—that she's a hero, a villain, dinner!

But Elayne has a few ideas of her own. She wants to overthrow the king; she wants to tame the unicorn. She wants to go home! And she's willing to become both hero and villain to do it.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About CC Humphreys

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C. C. HUMPHREYS is an actor-turned-playwright-turned-novelist whose love of history and drama comes out in dashing adventure novels. His books for young adults include the Runestone Saga, and for adults, his latest is Vlad: The Last Confession.
 
Published March 8, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 354 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Feb 01 2011

There is a disturbing thread of misogyny throughout; Elayne, Princess Amaryllis [...] and even female unicorn Heartsease all spend most of their time imprisoned and answering to the men (there are no other women), and [...] she's mostly figurehead and aid. Don’t bother.

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Bitten by Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Peggy on Sep 02 2011

This is a Young Adult Fantasy that moves along at a fast pace. The characters are well developed and likeable.

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Book Divas

Excellent
Reviewed by Jessica B on Mar 08 2011

This fantasy has it all. A great division of the two different worlds. Mythical creatures. [...] A heroine who just doesn’t know what she’s capable of.

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Kiss the Book

Good
Reviewed by Cindy Mitchell on Jul 16 2011

The plotting drew me along – whether you like unicorns or danger, it won’t matter.

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Ex Libris

Below average
on May 13 2011

I loved the premise with the generations waiting to repay the favour, the parallel worlds, and all the creatures. What really bugged me was the dialogue. Sometimes the characters would speak in a way that sounded out of character...

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Proud Book Nerd

Good
Reviewed by Book Nerd on Mar 06 2011

The Hunt of the Unicorn is a wild ride with surprising incidents thrown in to keep the reader on her (or his, I suppose) toes.

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Clockwork Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Dawn Vogel on Mar 08 2012

From learning to ride the unicorn to nearly being killed by several of the mythical creatures who inhabit Goloth, readers will find themselves wanting to continue reading to see what will happen to Elayne next.

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Brooke Jean's Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Brooke-Jean Newman on Nov 10 2011

The first part of the book was great; I couldn't put it down. Then something happened and it lost that edge and fell into a lull.

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A Thousand Little Pages

Below average
Reviewed by Cinnamon on Jul 16 2011

The beginning was a bit heavy on the info-dumping.

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The Book Barn

Below average
Reviewed by Book Barn on May 25 2011

The characters were very blah and followed their stereotypical roles. The writing was uninspiring and at times very awkward.

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