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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mini Review: Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Publication Date: August 2009
Book Acquisition: e-book from my public library

Book Summary:
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 (from Goodreads)

Wow. This book blew me away! I don't know why I waited so long to read it. I think I was a little worried about corrupting my love of unicorns with Diana's version of blood thirsty killers. My unicorns have always been gentle and magical. The unicorns of Rampant - magical? Yeah. Gentle? Hells no! And you know what? I think I like them better that way :)

What I really liked about Rampant was the fact that the story doesn't rely on the novelty of the killer unicorns to make it work. The plot is awesome, the characters are well developed and really likable, and the setting was amazing.

So even if you discount the awesomeness that evil unicorns present, the story itself was one of the best I've read this year. I absoultly loved Astrid and I so saw myself walking the halls of that ancient cloister.

I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of book 2! I highly recommend this one :)

Overall Rating:
5 / 5 Stars

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**In my Mimi Reviews I explore older,sometimes obscure books I have found in my travels and wish to share with my readers**

1 comment:

  1. The whole killer unicorn aspect of this book always interested me, but I have yet to pick it up. I think I'll have to change that sometime soon because a book with killer unicorns and awesome characters sounds like my kind of book.

    Thanks for the review!


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