Friday, February 13, 2015

(January 2015) Topic of the Month: Unicorns

Unicorns

January's Topic of the Month is officially Unicorns!  To kick it off, we have posted a few unicorn-filled books that may interest you.  If you have any suggestions let us know!  Hope you enjoy!  (Click on the pictures to go to their GoodReads pages!)

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Read by: H, C, and B
Here is the GoodReads summary of the book:  As each chime sounds, Cara climbs faster up the steep bell tower.  Eleven!  She must be on the roof when the next bell tolls.  Twelve!  With a deep breath, and only half believing she will survive, Cara jumps off the church roof into Luster, land of the Unicorns.  In Luster, Cara meets many wonderful creatures, but the most magnificent of all is Lightfoot, a rebellious young unicorn.  Cara's band of friends comes to include a hairy creature called the Dimblethum and the monkey-like Squijim.  Together, they set out to reach the Unicorn Queen before the mysterious man who is following them does - to prevent the destruction of all unicorns forever.
The rest of the series:

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Read by: C
Here is the GoodReads summary of the book: The unicorn wants to find other unicorns.  Mage Schmendrick, whose magic seldom works, never as he intended, rescues unicorn from Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival.  Only some mythical beasts displayed are illusions.  Molly Grue believes in legends despite Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men.  King Haggard and his Bull banish unicorns into the sea.


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Here is the GoodReads summary of the book:  It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn?  In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories.  Half of the stories portray the strengths - for good and evil - of unicorns and half show the good side of zombies.  


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Here is the GoodReads summary of the book: Jan, the prince of the unicorns, is high-spirited, reckless - and the despair of his might father, Korr.  Reluctantly, Korr allows Jan to accompany the other initiate warriors on a pilgrimage.  Soon Jan's curiosity leads him, along with his friend Dagg, and their mentor, the female warrior Tek, into the greatest dangers - deadly gryphons, sly pans, wyverns, pares, and renegade unicorns.  Yet time after time they are rescued, leading Jan to wonder: Am I the heir to a special destiny?
The rest of the series:

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Read by: C
Here is the GoodReads summary of the book: 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 her and villain to do it.



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