I read a book in seventh grade, that I think was released in 2005. The main character is a girl who lived on her family farm, and she could see this ghost boy.

One day this tunic-wearing man comes in and tells her that there's a place where she'd be more accepted and where she can learn about her powers. She goes and some stuff happens, then she finds out that the tunic-clad man was using her to harvest the power of the unicorns, and she fought him.

I cannot remember the title of this book to save my life, please help. The book cover was blue, and there were grey blobs (I don't remember what the blobs were though).

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    This isn't "The Last Unicorn" is it?
    – HorusKol
    Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 4:00
  • No it was a new release in around 2005, it was told from the girls perspective not the unicorns. Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 4:04
  • Can you remember any details about the book cover? Add them to your question
    – HorusKol
    Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 4:07

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Might this be The Valley of the Wolves (2000) by Laura Gallego García?

Cover of "The Valley of the Wolves". The cover has a blue background with stars. There is a dark-haired, pale-skinned girl with blue eyes looking straight ahead; there is the ghostly silhouette of a boy behind her, reaching a hand around her shoulder to hold hands with the girl.

It seems the original, Spanish version of the book was published in 2000, and the English version in 2006.

According to this review, the protagonist grew up on a farm, with a boy only she could see as her friend, until a mysterious magician showed up one day, offering to take her away and make her his apprentice:

Beautiful elves, loyal dwarves, secret unicorns and vengeful ghosts pepper this colorful but hollow coming-of-age fairytale.

Dana is born on a dark and stormy night, when fierce winds pelt her tiny farmhouse, and the midwife sees sparks in her sapphire eyes. She grows up with only one friend, Kai, whom no one else can see—except a mysterious stranger, who arrives in Dana’s drought-plagued village and buys her from her loving parents. Dana becomes a magician’s apprentice in a remote tower surrounded by vicious wolves. Ambitious, Dana absorbs herself in her education, spending less and less time with Kai. If their friendship suffers a little, isn’t that a fair price to pay for gaining a magician’s golden tunic?

Dana’s coming-of-age quest is somewhat intriguing, but she herself is unfortunately flat. Like the similarly stock characters who people this world, she is a collection of traits rather than a character: born with power; budding sexuality; forced to choose between loyalty and ambition. Nonetheless, though shallow as a novel, Dana’s story makes a sweet fairytale.

This review also mentions something about a unicorn's treasure:

In this fantasy imported from Spain, Dana and Kai have been best friends since they were six; the fact that no one else can see Kai is of little concern to Dana, who finds comfort in his friendship. Comfort becomes something more when Dana eventually discovers, as she and Kai become adolescents, that her growing romantic love for him is reciprocated.

A rare opportunity to study as the apprentice of the powerful but distant Maestro leads Dana to a mysterious tower where she spends the next several years, accompanied by Kai. Even while her own power grows under the tutelage of the Maestro, Dana cannot quell her misgivings about his true motives as she also struggles to reconcile her impossible love for the incorporeal Kai.

Although the mystery of a unicorn's treasure adds a glossy twist to the novel and Kai as guardian angel/ghost diverges from the typical love interest, there are few new elements in this oft-told story of bold, magical teen girl fighting not only for the boy she loves but also to prove her strength and worth. However, the well-developed and convincing bond between Dana and Kai and the successful balance between action and introspection give the familiar theme added energy.

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