Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

There is a funny story behind how I acquired this book. I actually received this book by mistake. I was browsing the recommended section on B& and clicked on this book to add to my cart rather then the book I had been looking at. I didn’t realize until I opened up my shipment and was like, “Rampant? What is this?” I decided to give it a shot even though the premise was a little strange. I love paranormal books but “Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns…?” I just don’t know. The story turned out to be very interesting. Once again I am a sucker for a series and that’s just what this is so I am glad that I get to find out what happens next in the whole big battle against the unicorns. I still snicker at that concept, I just can’t help it.

The character names in the story were also I little silly. The story takes place in present day, so why is there a girl named Dorcus? To be honest it is mostly superficial things that I didn’t like about this book. It was actually pretty good. If you love supernatural/fantasy books but need a change of pace from the current vampire/werewolf frenzy then this might be what you are looking for. If nothing else it provides good conversation. "Yeah, I am reading a book about unicorn hunters who protect people from venomous unicorns with razor sharp teeth that try to eat people!" lol

Astrid Llewelyn is a very dynamic character and the heroine of the story. She always shrugged off her mother's stories about killer unicorns until the day that one attacked her and her boyfriend. It is this very attack that suddenly provokes her sudden relocation to Rome. At first Astrid thinks this whole situation is insane, being trained as a unicorn hunter was not what she had planned for herself. At least she gets to do it at the ancient cloisters that hunters have used for centuries, and Italy is a perk right?

The unicorns seem to be all around the cloister just waiting to attack. That does not stop Astrid from venturing out and meeting Giovanni Cole, the hot art student living in Rome. When a sudden attack forces Astrid to use her hunter instincts to slay a unicorn she finally decides to accept her training. But there are many secrets that are being kept from her and soon Astrid does not know who or what to trust.

1 comment:

Anne said...

BTW I just want to add that I live the cover of this book. I think it is the girl's (Astrid) eyes that make is so striking.

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