Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (August 25th 2009--Harper Teen)
Grade: 4.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns...
The sparkly, innocent creatures of lore are a myth. Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. And they can only be killed by virgin descendants of Alexander the Great.
Fortunately, unicorns have been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.
Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend in the woods — thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to prom — Astrid learns that unicorns are real and dangerous, and she has a family legacy to uphold. Her mother packs her off to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.
However, at the cloisters, all is not what it seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to — perhaps most dangerously of all — her growing attraction to a handsome art student... and a relationship that could jeopardize everything.”
Review: Move over My Little Pony someone has come to take your place—Bonegrinder (lovely name isn’t it?). Killer unicorns has yet to ever cross my mind until this book popped up so kudos to Diana for creating an addictive, originally, enthralling, super awesome book. From page one to page I WANT MORE! I was captivated by the gruesome bloody battles, cute exchange students, and shiny claymores.
I love the basic background work, the information, the past, the history—they blended together to give the reader a cushion for the fast paced action. The combination of different ethnicities of warriors gave a small insight various cultures and how everyone has a common ground.
I thought it was brilliant of the author to add some twists especially with Astrid’s cousin and the whole virginity issue. The whole conspiracy, the underground mission, the deceiver—fake Alexander, and ohhhhh so very good!
The battles scenes vivid, imaginative, gory, and lots of weapons—very shiny weapons! It was also nice to see some of the training beforehand as to prevent the same ol’ same ol’ “perfect without help” warriors.
One thing that I happen to not like (with a passion) was the ending and the mother. The mother flipped flopped too much for me. A wretched woman in many of the scenes and the last one she’s practically on her knees sobbing for Astrid. The ending was very abrupt and left some things missing. What ever happened to Brandt and the other people that the fake Alexander took? Sequel where forth art thou!?
Okay I give up, this review does not do the book justice.
Overall: READ IT NOW!
I really like this cover especially comparing it to the older one!