Sunday, 25 May 2014

Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1) by Diana Peterfreund

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 by Diana Peterfreund

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Astrid thinks her mother is nuts for constantly going on about killer unicorns, until one attacks and nearly kills her boyfriend in the woods. Soon Astrid is shipped off to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter, whether she likes it or not.
Are the unicorns really that dangerous? And how is a group of teenage girls supposed to fight them?

This was a pretty unique story, and I have to say that it was quite entertaining.

Astrid was a good character, I got how she thought that her mother was nuts, and I also got why she went along with it rather than fighting when she knew it would do no good. I also liked the way she grew into her position as a unicorn hunter, but was never over-confident or conceited.

I liked the storyline in this book. I have to say that I have never read another book about killer unicorns, and it actually worked really well. There were quite a few little twists that I didn’t see coming, and I felt so sorry for Astrid’s cousin and what happened to her.
There was some romance, which was actually alright, although again, poor Phil!
The ending was quite good, and I’ll definitely be reading the next book.
Overall; great killer unicorn book!
7.25 out of 10

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