Monday, June 20, 2011
Review of Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
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.
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."
My Review: What a unique and fun book! I love the blood thirsty take on unicorns, its so different and must have taken a lot of imagination. I also love Astrid, she is so quirky and I love her attitude in the beginning when she doesn't believe in her mother's crazy tails. The characters were all great, the ones you were suppose to like you did and the ones that you weren't you didn't like. Diana did a great job developing the stories and histories as well as the characters. Probably the most fun I have had reading a book in quite some time! Loved it and I strongly suggest it to other people to read! Now I can't wait to sit down and read Diana's second book Ascendant!
My Rating: I had so much fun with this book how could I give it any less than Four Paws and a Stump Wag!
Oh and here are a couple of fun quotes from the book that I thought you all might enjoy!
Astrid is reading a book to two young girls she is babysitting before bed:
"After several more pages of cotton-candy torture, the book ended and I firmly tuck Bethany and Brittany into bed. At last. Lulled into soporific splendor by the lackluster adventures of Sparkle the Unicorn and his merry band of Ritalin dependants, the girls soon drifted into the Land of Nod."
Astrid sees her first unicorn in the woods:
"Suddenly, I couldn't breathe. My mother's psychosis was not only genetic, it had uniformity of type as well. I was seeing unicorns."
Come on don't you want to read it now?!