Friday, March 12, 2010

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Characters: 19/20
Plot: 18/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 19/20
Recommendation: 20/20
Overall: 95/100 or A
Source: Library
When you think of Unicorns, you think of fluffy creatures with a wondrous horn and full of sparkles. Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. Luckily, they have been extinct for a hundred and fifty years. Astrid has 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.
I loved Astrid. She didn't want to become a unicorn hunter and was a whiny. Yet she was strong when she needed to be. She also protective of those that she loved. My favorite character in Rampant was Bonegrinder. Bonegrinder was such a cute character and she was so innocent, because she didn't know that attacking nonhunters was bad. I want my own house Zhi. Giovanni is a great romantic interest and also was very sweet. All of the other girls were strong, smart, and had different attributes. I loved how they were all one of a kind and I love them. The plot of Rampant was slow to begin with, but the book slowly gained momentum. I loved how these Unicorns were not fluffy, but dangerous. I didn't think that this Unicorn Hunter plot would work, but the lore of Unicorns were changed and made into a believable world. I also loved that this book was so unique and that is a brand new take on Unicorns. Peterfreund is an amazing writer. She created a world that I wanted to get lost in. I loved this book and can't wait for the next book. I highly recommend this book and think that you should go read it right now.

3 comments:

  1. Wasn't Bonegrinder incredibly cool? I totally loved Rampant, it truly was unique (and made me think of unicorns in a different way, lol)

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