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Unicorn Hunting (Unicorn Hunter, #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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Caught between her family's expectations and her own conscience, reluctant unicorn hunter Caoilinn "Cal" Valderan questions the morals of slaying these mystical creatures, and finds herself in a position where she must choose between them and humanity... In this coming of age story, Cal must not only defend her principles and values, but
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Published March 19th 2016 (first published September 11th 2013)
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Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I've been hankering for a new approach to legendary unicorns. So I was glad to receive an advance reader's copy from the author and Caffeine Book Tours.

A.R. Hellbender imagines what it would be like if unicorns were a real species in a world where magic exists from the perspective of a young unicorn hunter.

The thoughtful world building, character growth and development of relationships made Unicorn Hunting a singular epic fantasy for me.

For the blog version of this review see https://shomeretmas
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Trigger warnings: sex mention, virginity mention, mild homophobia, animal gore, death of family, addition mention, violence, neglectful family, bullying, sexism

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A.R. Hellbender
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is definitely my best book so far.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a girl who has to become a Unicorn Hunter to help support her family, even though she doesn't understand why unicorn hunting is a thing that needs to be done. In this story we get to follow her as she discovers those reasons, and finds herself in a situation where she has to ask questions and make decisions that she never imagined she would have to.
I thought this book was really great! I enjoyed the fact that it was so female driven, basically every important character is
Justina Johnson
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f, paranormal, sci-fi
I have a long-standing love affair with unicorns that I imagine I share with others. They're magical. The unicorns in this story are even more incredible to me, although there is a mystery and sadness about these creatures that is quirky. Point of fact however, it is the corps of unicorn hunters that are introduced first. They are by necessity and tradition all young women and virgins. A few nonvirgins sneak into the current year's freshman collection but they come with an unusual backstory and ...more
Margaret Adelle
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
When the author first offered me this book for review, I heard "unicorns" and "sapphic romance" and I was in. However, some fairly large problems became apparent right out of the gate.

The descriptions in the book are fairly lackluster in some places and non-existent in others. There's a town square that you can assume is close to a forest (because the MC seems to always be running into a forest) but there's never a real description of the place. There's also a palace, never given a description.
Shannon Rohrer
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Unicorn Hunting isn't a bad read, but admittedly, I personally just didn't find it as enjoyable as I would have liked. Don't get me wrong, I thought it was an interesting premise--I just feel there are certain things it's lacking. Character development and world-building are two things in particular that come to mind. I found Cal to be extremely petulant regarding the treatment of her family and friends, and for the most part, I felt distanced from her--but not just her. Characterization in gene ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fall-tbr-2020, lgbtq
I have never read a book about unicorns before, so I was very intrigued to read this one! In this world, unicorns are real. The are mistical creatures that live in the woods and can only be seen by virgins. Unknown to most, their blood has magical healing properties, but there is a darker side to its properties as well. With the right dosage, a person can become exremely addicted to unicorn blood. All of this is unknown to Cal when she starts her training as a unicorn hunter. She doesn’t want to ...more
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The premise of this novel is incredibly fascinating to me and what immediately drew me to this book. It’s about a world where unicorn hunting is part of their culture and main source of income, and a girl who signs up to be a hunter but is struggling with the idea and why all of this is happening.

It has the potential to be a fast read and it definitely has some great ideas woven in it. I gave it 3,5 stars because it is a fine book to read and I enjoyed myself but there were points where I was mi
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would love to write a HUGE review for this book, but why it is so GREAT is very simple.

1. Female driven. It’s a book full of female characters and a main protagonist that is the strongest female of them all. It’s women with seemingly trivial issues, but then it goes far beyond them all with the giant plot and subplots.

2. Sexuality. There’s a female/female relationship explored, and it never gets too typical. I’ve read so many LGBTQ themed books and some really tend to stereotype how being gay
Well. The concept is kinda off, the storyline is off, the world building is off, and frankly, I didn't enjoy this one at all. I was able to finish it but I really had trouble doing so. The book starts out intriguing and by the end, it's a full blown mess that quite a few readers wouldn't forgive easily. The plot is on point but the world building, characters and character development, relationships, and more is so so weird. The genre was switching a lot too which was super weird. Don't recommend ...more
Ana Levley
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved being whisked into the imaginative mind of hellbender as she truly tells a unique story. Her main character is easy to get behind as we learn about her world and the challenges she must face. The monsters she has in the book are particularity my favorite part for being terrifying and disgusting while in contrast to the beauty she describes the unicorns in. I highly recommend reading this book if you love unicorns and fantasy.
Todd Wittenmyer
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not really into the Unicorn thing, but I did enjoy this book! The characters were interesting as was the mythology. I thought it was well done for an Indie author!
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While starting a degree in German language and literature, A.R. Hellbender began writing her first book (in English).
She currently lives in Washington with her husband, three dogs, two cats and a leopard gecko.

She also makes booktube videos at

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