Friday, May 28, 2010

Book Review: Rampant

TITLE: Rampant
PART IN SERIES: Book 1 of the Killer Unicorns series
AUTHOR: Diane Peterfreund
GENRE: Young adult, series, fantasy
PREMISE: Astrid has always scoffed at her mother's tales of killer unicorns. But then she and her boyfriend get attacked and discovers that they are in fact very real and she is a descendant of a long line of unicorn hunters.
MY REVIEW: I will be honest: I utterly adored this book so there is probably going to be heavy bias in this review. I will say, it's not perfect. Sometimes I was a bit confused about things. But the awesomeness far outwieghs the few flaws. For one: a unique idea! A author who wasn't afraid to take much loved childhood figures such as unicorns and turn them into scary monsters. That takes guts and I love it when authors aren't afraid to do an idea that may turn off readers.
Then there's the fact that she has strong heroines in this. Phil is my favorite for those wondering. Also, bravo to Peterfreund for having a guy in there who said no to sex. Yes, girls there are respectable guys out there like this. These are the ones you want to hang on to. But she also didn't try and make Giovanni perfect either because he has flaws. Plus, the romance was not the only thing driving the book! Finally, a current YA novel where the girl isn't torn between two guys and her main issue is who to choose! Yay!
So, in other words, I highly reccomend this, particularly to my fellow Tamora Pierce fans. You will love it, gaurenteed. Another favorite of 2009.
WHO SHOULD READ: Tamora Pierce fans, fans of Graceling, fantasy fans, you like strong willed heroines
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five unicorn horns

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