Thursday, November 21, 2013

Warrior Beautiful by Wendy Knight (5 stars)

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(Riders of Paradesos, #1)

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Working with the ex you secretly love to save the souls of the innocent is almost as bad as working with a mighty battle unicorn who would be thrilled to watch you plummet to your death.

Scout is used to pain. Her body has been broken, her heart has been broken, and the only thing keeping her together is her relationship with her younger sister. Lil Bit believes in unicorns and terrifying monsters she calls soul stealers. But unicorns and monsters aren’t real…are they?

When Lil Bit falls prey to the mysterious disease sweeping the country, Scout has two options – believe the doctors who say it’s a pandemic or believe Lil Bit, who says it’s the soul stealers. She chooses her sister and goes looking for the unicorns who are supposed to save them. What she finds aren’t the cute pastel mythical creatures she expects. Battle unicorns are big and tough and full of attitude. Who knew?

Unicorns are real and so are the monsters. Soul stealers are reaping the souls of the innocent, and the unicorns are fighting to stop them. But to save the world, they need the help of humans – the enemy they’re dying to protect. And first to sign up for the fight is the ex-boyfriend Scout’s heart won’t stop loving, no matter how determined she is to hate him.


Scout suffers from physical and emotional pain. And, as much as she tries to avoid her former boyfriend, Trey, the one she can't help still caring about, she can't. Thankfully she has her little sister, Lil Bit, Scout's one saving grace. Many say her sister is "special"--she believes in unicorns and soul stealers--and needs help.

Scout adores Lil Bit but is skeptical of her sister's claims, until a fateful day where the only way to save the people she loves is to believe. Trey is at her side, his family also at risk, and willing to fight. Can they save their loved ones? Can they find their way back to each other?

I've always loved unicorns, so when I first picked this book up, I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations. That feeling didn't last past the first page. Scout is a well-developed and memorable character--her pain is searing, yet she fights for what she believes in. But some of the most interesting characters in the book are the various unicorns, and the author does an amazing job creating them and their world. Moviemakers take note and snatch the rights to this book before someone else does!

Reading this book is like riding a roller coaster through a magical land. There's never a dull moment, and it often takes your breath away. Then, it comes to a sudden stop and all you want is more. Note: this book does end on quite the cliffhanger. Book two can't get here soon enough.

I highly recommend this book to fans of the fantasy genre and anyone who loves to escape into a great story. It's a thrilling ride. But, at its heart, it's a story about love, survival, and strength.

Rating: 5 stars

About the Author

Wendy Knight was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, etcetera, etcetera). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big: her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heel for whatever the occasion may be. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.
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Wendy Jo said...

Thank you so much for having me and for your sweet review! It may have made me cry a little :)

Tia Bach said...

This book made me all kinds of happy. I'd been hovering in 4 star land books, so it was a giddy feeling to be so mesmerized by yours.