Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1)
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.
Favorite Character: Bonegrinder.
This is a coming of age narrative with a twist. Instead of dealing with the usual issues of bullies, exams, and teenage hormones, Astrid must make the almost impossible decision of how she will live the rest of her life.
I thought the author dealt very well with fleshing out Astrid's character and the issues she faces. We are able to gain a descriptive insight into Astrid's thoughts and emotions, as well as see a progression in her maturity. The reader is able to understand the motives and reasoning behind Astrid's decisions.
I also enjoyed the world that the author created. Typically, unicorns are portrayed as creatures of goodness and powerful magic. We know that their weakness is virgin girls. However, in this novel we enter a world where unicorns are bloodthirsty creatures who prey on humans.
There were some parts of the novel that I did not enjoy. For one, I felt that the romance between Astrid and Giovanni was not well developed. Not only do they not have enough interaction, but it seems unrealistic that Giovanni would be interested in someone so young. Lastly, apart from the opportunity of escape that he presents, Giovanni doesn't really seem to have a purpose.
In addition, I felt that the betrayal and experience that Astrid's cousin, Phil, undergoes is out of place in the novel. It seems as if the author was trying to get across a message to young girls, but that it was not well meshed with the story.
Overall, I did like this book. I admired Astrid's strength and the empowerment of all the girls in the story. I also thought that the writing style of the author really grips the reader and pulls them into the action.
Move over My Little Pony someone has come to take your placeBonegrinder (lovely name isnt it?). Killer unicorns has yet to ever cross my mind until this book popped up so kudos to Diana for creating an addictive, originally, enthralling, super awesome book. From page one to page I WANT MORE! I was captivated by the gruesome bloody battles, cute exchange students, and shiny claymores.
I love the basic background work, the information, the past, the historythey blended together to give the reader a cushion for the fast paced action. The combination of different ethnicities of warriors gave a small insight various cultures and how everyone has a common ground.
I thought it was brilliant of the author to add some twists especially with Astrids cousin and the whole virginity issue. The whole conspiracy, the underground mission, the deceiver and ohhhhh so very good!
The battles scenes vivid, imaginative, gory, and lots of weaponsvery shiny weapons! It was also nice to see some of the training beforehand as to prevent the same ol same ol perfect without help warriors.
One thing that I happen to not like (with a passion) was the ending and the mother. The mother flipped flopped too much for me. The ending was very abrupt and left some things missing.Sequel where forth art thou!?
Okay I give up, this review does not do the book justice.
Overall: READ IT NOW!