November 18, 2010

Rampant (Diana Peterfreund) Review

Published: HarperTeen (August 25, 2009)
Hardcover: 402 pages
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, was a phenomenal story about the non-cuddly version of unicorns depicted throughout history. Peterfreund created a kick-ass female warrior that rivaled the best of the best. And also opened my imagination to the horrible nature of these creatures.

This book was nothing like what I could have dreamed of. The title of the series being 'Killer Unicorns' was comical to me at the beginning. But after the first scene with a unicorn almost mauling Astrid's boyfriend, I knew that this book would be quite an adventure. This story contained another mother that I was dying to get rid of. Her obsession with unicorns and being an embarrassment to her family made my skin itch and I was hoping for Astrid to get away from her. I loved that in this book, my wish came true! Astrid was sent off to Rome to train to be a real-life unicorn hunter.

The characters were absolutely fantastic. The differing attitudes and cultures among the girls made it very funny to say the least. I found their spats and general conversation making me giggle. I absolutely loved Phil. She was the perfect older cousin and sidekick for Astrid. And Giovanni (swoon) was definitely the perfect gentleman. He was a perfect match for Astrid and he definitely kept her head on straight.

Although the fight scenes with the unicorns were gruesome, graphic, and caused a lot of harm to the girls, I loved them. They were not sugar coated at all, and they depicted real life and death battles that made this profession very dangerous. It was a wonder that any of these girls answered their calling because personally I would not want to, but that is what you get when you create an amazing female warrior character like Astrid.

I highly recommend this book. It is definitely a girl-power kind of book with some danger, battling, and a little bit of romance all mixed into one.

For more info, check out Diana Peterfreund's website

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