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Unicorn Hunters...? I'm there!,
This review is from: Rampant (Hardcover)
Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . . Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Fortunately, they've been extinct for a hundred and fifty years. Or not. Astrid had always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend--thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to the prom--Astrid finds herself headed 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 the 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 . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.
Rampant is a bizarre book. I'm not saying that it wasnt a good book, but the idea of Killer Unicorns is just greek to me. It's an original and excellent idea, as is Unicorn Hunters and all other aspects of the book. It was a pretty unexpected read for me, as I am Team Zombie. The book was written in beautiful prose, I was sucked in by the use of language; it was guite stunning. I found it a bit slow at times, but considering it's a book about VIRIGN UNICORN HUNTERS, I'll let that slide.
Kudos to Diana Peterfreund for inventing the idea of Virgin Unicorn Hunters, it is certainly something I have never heard of before. It's a totally different spin on Unicorn, which is good, because I dont really see which YA readers are going to read about pink and fluffy terrors that haunt kids fairytale books.
Rampant is the host of a motley crew of characters, there is not two the same. They were all unpredictable, mainly the villains, but I found Astrid suprising me at some points. The hunters were fiesty, kickass girls with awesome personalties. My favourites had to be Cory and Valirija, eccentric and well developed. Astrid annoyed me at some points in the book, when she was acting chilishly or rashly. But other than that, they were all very good characters, all extremely well developed.
The only thing that really annoyed me was the romance, I found it rushed an underdeveloped, maybe it was because I didn't like the couple or whatever, but I just did not enjoy it. It seemed kind of shallow, if you understand what I'm talking about. She just wanted to get out of her job. Tut tut.
In conclusion, I liked this book. It had its good and bad points, but it was original and enjoyable nonetheless. I also loved the element of mystery, the suprising plot twists that came out of nowhere and most of the characters. Diana Peterfruend is a really good author, I would reccomend Rampant if you like action, adventure, battles and slightly (?) forbidden romance.