by Diana Peterfreund
# of pages: 416
Age range: 14/15 +
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.
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.
First I must applaud Mrs. Peterfuend for her creativity. Killer Unicorns? Um, cool! I've seen so many branches of fantasy lately that it's hard to find a book that really catches me off guard. This one did just that.
Rampant starts out with Astrid watching her boyfriend get stabbed by a...unicorn!? Yes, she was a bit surprised too. The story really begins when she arrives in Rome at the cloisters where she will train to become a Unicorn hunter. As Astrid learns to accept her heritage she meets a too-good-t0-be-true guy and learns some disturbing secrets of the past. Her summer begins to become even more interesting. With a surprising ending, lots of action, and a dash of romance, Rampant is a refreshingly new teen read that is so different that it just might be right.
Peterfreund delivered some surprising writing skills, as well as believable characters and dialogue that both fit the fantasy element and relatible teen issues. Some times I got a little lost in the terminology and history of the unicorn stuff, and there were a few parts of the story that dragged a little bit. But overall lit was a good read and i look forward to Peterfruend's future work.
If you liked this book be sure to check out:
Devil's Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
Fire by Kristin Cashore
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Old Magic: Marianne Curley
The hunger Games: Suzanne Collins
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