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Acorna (Acorna #1)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  7,188 ratings  ·  147 reviews
"Something's Alive In There!"She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones. A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took he ...more
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Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1997)
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R.
I read this as part of a big cleaning out of the many books I've purchased since my teen years, but never actually read. I expected it to be an earnest story about a unicorn girl (named Acorna nonetheless) and as such possibly humorously bad. One mark in its favor is that there was a very definite wry tone to the narrative, so most silliness seems intentional. But that's pretty much the only mark in its favor.

Sadly, this book is just...bad. It's badly written and badly structured, with constant
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Megan
Okay, this is going to be of a review for the entire series of Acorna books because, well, there are alot of them and I would get carpal tunnel if I wrote an individual review of each book.

Basically this is the story of 2 asteroid miners who come across a strange space pod that has a little girl that resembles a unicorn inside of it. As she is only a baby and there is no one to care for her, they quickly adopt her. This creates all sorts of problems as she is highly sought after as proof of alie
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♥Belleza★✰
Recently I watched a review for “The Last Unicorn”, it was based on a book, however when I went looking for the book I couldn’t find it. I found this book however. Having read all of the “Dragonriders of Pern” series by Anne McCaffrey I decided to give this series a try.

This was an enjoyable book. It seemed to lack somewhat in characterization and plot. My memories of Dragonriders are a little fuzzy as it was several years ago I read them, but it seems they were much better written. These books
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Iset

This is a re-read of a series I first picked up in my early teens and have re-read a couple of times since. Acorna is the first book in that series. I would describe the series as a sci-fi/fantasy mash-up; it has space travel, futuristic technology, and aliens, but it also has a unicorn girl with magical healing powers who is hailed as various goddesses incarnate and saves enslaved children from evil slavers. Is it any good? Well, let’s just say I enjoyed bits of it more than other parts.

The fir
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Elisabeth
I found this book in my school library when I started grade 9, and I thought it sounded like the absolute most ridiculous book in the history of the world! I spent the next three years making fun of it, and my friends and I even had a sort of inside joke about it. I mean, come on! This is a story about an orphaned girl who has a unicorn horn sticking out of her forehead! Puh-lease! In grade 11, I finally read it, sort of as a joke, and it turned out to actually be pretty good, when it comes to s ...more
Chelsie Unicornkind
I am not usually one for sci-fi books, but there is the occational novel that breaks that barrer and this is one of them! A suprisingly futuristic take on fantasy elements, this series is a fantastic read.

Three astroid miners find an escape pod from an unknown alien race in which they find a curiously built infant girl. With no other option available, they take to raising the child and come to care for her. But the story builds as Acorna seeks to find her way the world and battle the corrupt sla
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Shirley Taylor
HELP please, and don't spare the spoilers!

Okay, I have read this but it's been around 10-15 years since I read it and I can't remember enough to write a review. However, I am looking for answers about this book as I currently don't have time (or the inclination since my TBR pile is already huge) to re-read the series right now.

My 11 year old daughter was interested in this book and I didn't remember it having any explicit sexual content so I told her she could read it. She's really enjoying it
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Jerry
Synopsis
When their demise is imminent, a mother and father jettison their newborn daughter from their spaceship to save her life. When she is found by three guys in a mining ship, they name her Acorna, but know nothing about the alien race from which she hails. Acorna develops both physically and mentally faster than expected, and shows both intelligence and healing powers. When a threat is made on her life, it's up to Acorna and her three caretakers to keep her from harm.
The first in a long se
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Rosa Aquafire
"I liked it."

Oh god, this series is as compulsively readable as I remember :(

I read these when I was about 16, rereading them via audiobook now. I remembered them being REALLY addictive and yeah. I kept thinking about this one when I wasn't reading it, wanting more. It's only "I liked it," because it was too NOT GOOD to be rated higher than that. But it's so much fun and such popcorn reading.

Also, I loved the audiobook reader! One of the best I've seen. Maybe THE best, other than the Parasol Pro
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Carina
When I was at school I recall reading a book starring a human unicorn - I don't think it was this book in the series but I got this on the Kindle a few years ago because of that vague memory. I enjoyed this book the first time and have found myself wanting to re-read it so thought this as good a time as any.

Although I still enjoyed the book I do feel that it is somewhat unbalanced. So much of the books is given to Acorna's 'youth' that when you get to the main crux of the book when Acorna is a y
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Kate Jessop
I first grew interested in Ann McCaffrey and Margaret Ball’s Acorna when I was a young girl. I was captured by the cover of a pretty silver haired girl with a horn and hooves. But this book unfortunately proved the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” right. My attempt to read the book failed and I ended up getting rid of it. Fast forward to present day and I decided to give the book another chance. I was hopeful after reading and enjoying McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern that maybe I was j ...more
Dianne
I had heard of the late author Anne McCaffrey but had never felt curious enough to read her young adult series. Then I came upon Acorna, decided, what the heck, and picked it up. I am so very glad I did.

This book grabbed me and sucked me in right from the get-go. The characters are ‘real’ if you know what I mean…well as real as a girl with a silver horn (unicorn) can be!
This story, at least the first half-reminds me very much of another of my favorite authors Anne Bishop and the book “Written in
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Erin
So... I might have liked this more had I read it years ago, or if I didn't listen to the audiobook.

I grew up loving Anne McCaffrey. She is honestly one of my favorite childhood authors, and is the reason had such a good grip on being a strong woman. Menolly, Killashandra, Lessa... they didn't need a man.. They did things their own way... and if romance happened, it happened but it wasn't what defined them.

The auidobook I was listening to... was not a good copy. Highs and Lows.. fuzziness. Just b
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Joann Buchanan
I found this story to be fresh and creative. While the mystery of Acorna the unicorn girl was the center of the book. I found the other characters to be funny, protective and cool. I could see each of them as if they were living and breathing in front of me on a screen. Her details were also extremely imaginative without giving so much that I was unable to picture things myself. This is the book that made me an Anna McCaffrey Fan. :D
Stephanie
Ooh, I thought. Unicorns. Anne McCaffrey is supposed to be good, right? Played straight, this could be enchanting, or if it's tongue-in-cheek, all the better! But... alas, I was too old to swallow this one. I should have listened to the cover's warning. My favorite thing about it was deconstructing its flaws.
Kay Iscah
This one has been on my "to read" list for over a decade. It was one of the few series I could get my brother to read as a teenager, so I kept buying him the new book until he told me he wasn't that interested anymore. He's not much of a reader in general, but he kept the books until this last year when he cleaned out a bunch of books he had packed away in a box. I decided to give the series a try before selling it for him.

Maybe it was because I had just finished reading Auel's richly descriptiv
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Bridget
I keep waffling on how I feel about this one - it was a great airport/airplane read, and the nutty band of space pirates cast of characters is much appreciated (a la Firefly, Cowboy Bebop, Titan AE).

But - I can't shake the fact that the dual-author books always have some feeling of pulling apart. Granted, some one-author books have that as well, but this one in particular felt a little bit...strange. A quick cursory glance at other reviews of the next books in the series (very mixed) made it ha
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Dexter
Honestly, it's a fairly enjoyable read.

But there are a lot of weird things with it, mostly having to do with the characters. Hafiz goes from a villainous scumbag to a swashbuckling hero (well, sort of). And I love him as a good guy, but his turnaround is a little unexpected and hard to believe. Likewise, the various romances throughout the story seem very forced, obvious, and stereotypically expected.

The Piper is not as impressive as he should be. He just doesn't live up to his reputation, hones
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Claire Smith
Another book that does worldbuilding on a small but effective scale. I liked how the focus here in on familial relationships and broader themes, not merely 'three men find an alien child and raise her'. The major plot is bigger than that, which made it a more interesting read than I think a story simply about Acorna and the three miners would have been. It allows for more expansion, for one thing, and I'm looking forward to the other books. It'll also be interesting to see if they ever fit into ...more
Rachel Lein
This book was FUN! I actually ended up reading this out of proper order. I read the second book in the series before the first, but it doesn't make a lot of difference, and I like that a lot. Not having to worry about strictly sticking to chronology is excellent! I read the other book many years ago, and I fear I don't recall enough of it to please me, so I may well re-read the second book after this one. I do recall having liked the second book, too, but maybe not as much as this one? We'll see ...more
Sarah Stevens
Despite the enthusiasm I developed in high school for Anne McCaffery's Pern books, I started this one fully prepared to hate it. I only checked it out because my library had a digital copy instantly available and I was in the mood to read some light sci-fi. I thought I would kill a good 15 minutes and then dump it. I mean, come on! A book about a girl who is a unicorn? And with that cover? Ugh.

So imagine my surprise when I kept reading. And reading. I even was looking forward to getting back to
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Nieva21
I like the writing style. The details are rich and descriptive; it flows really great and it also leaves my imagination to work at the same time. I am not getting bogged down in small irrelevant details and it's fascinating and captivating how the science fiction conventions are told so that they aren't surface but they aren't daunting either. I like Anne Mccaffrey. I have a feeling I am going to have to read everything she's written; I hope she continues to keep me interested and that I keep my ...more
Jen
I first read Acorna: The Unicorn Girl when I was in grade school. This review is for a reread. I remembered the major strokes of this book, but had forgotten the details.

This is the story of three miners and how they find purpose and romance in their lives, catalyzed by the discovery of an extraterrestrial named Acorna. It is the story of the start to the overhaul of an economy in which labor is ill treated - very reminiscent of what happened on Earth in the not too distant past - by a few rich
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Brian Schiebout
Acorna: The Unicorn Girl by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball is the first book set in the Acorna Universe. The book begins when the spaceship which carries Acorna is destroyed by a group of aliens whom we never meet again and she is set afloat into the universe at large. She is rescued by a group of human asteroid miners, the very fact of who's existence tells you that this story is set in a science fiction universe where mankind has spread out and learned how to exploit space efficiently. The t ...more
Jocilyn
I was in some ways impressed and tickled by Acorna, and in other ways unimpressed and chagrined. Being an avid reader of Anne McCaffrey since I was in junior high school, there are many traits that I’ve come to enjoy in her writing: tying mythical beasts and the paranormal to modern and future settings, abused and neglected children’s retribution against a world that would not have them (a facet of literature that I later came to hate with the mediocrity of Harry Potter), and her talent to devel ...more
Kim
It was an interesting book, but I thought the character of Acorna could have better developed. She didn't seem to have much personality. There were long stretches in the book, where Acorna was all but forgotten. There just seemed to be a lot of questions to be answered when the book ended. Maybe they will be answered in the next book, but it was frustrating to me as the reader. I did enjoy the story, and would like to see where it goes in the next book. The ending did seem a little abrupt, and n ...more
Anna Marie
The impression I got from the front cover made me think I was in for a fantasy built around a mysterious, young girl. I even was under the impression from the style of writing at the beginning that this was more of a young adult book. Then things suddenly got overly dark with children being abused, raped and murdered. It all felt unbalanced somehow. The point of view seemed to shift way too much, but yet I never felt like I got to know anyone, let alone Acorna, that well. I didn’t really seem t ...more
Susan
Anne McCaffrey is one of my favourite authors and she has given me many hours of happy reading over the years. I have come late to the Acorna series – this book was published in 1997 – but I am happy to say that her collaboration with Margaret Ball has created another delightful piece of science fiction. Her stories are always deceptively childlike, with clear heroes and villains, some very smart characters and loveable aliens and Acorna is no exception. Humanoid with unicorn features – a horn w ...more
Tien
The opening of the book reminds me of the opening of Superman – you know when baby Superman is being sent away for his survival. That’s how it was with Acorna… She, however, was found floating in space in her pea pod by 3 miners who, in turn, became attached to her. The story then continues with these 3 miners protecting her from those who would take advantage of her to Acorna saving children from slave labours. As Acorna grew up really fast (I mean really really fast), it was slightly disconcer ...more
Becki


On first getting into this book I couldn't stop my brain constantly thinking of the miners and Acorna as some strange sci-fi take on snow white and the seven dwarfs meets three men and a baby.

Aladdin soon got added into the mix plus a shake or two of Oliver Twist and I was totally engrossed!

Parts of the geological and scientific explanations I found really dry and skim read after a while and some of the plot I thought was flimsy. For example the driver giving out all the details about Acorna t
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two
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  • Acorna's Quest (Acorna #2)
  • Acorna's People (Acorna #3)
  • Acorna's World (Acorna #4)
  • Acorna's Search (Acorna #5)
  • Acorna's Rebels (Acorna #6)
  • Acorna's Triumph (Acorna #7)
  • First Warning: Acorna's Children (Acorna, #8)
  • Second Wave: Acorna's Children (Acorna, #9)
  • Third Watch: Acorna's Children (Acorna, #10)
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