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Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com
Diana Peterfreund introduces us to the darker side of unicorns in her novel RAMPANT. Peterfreund's unicorns are man-eating monsters. They can kill with poison in their horns, rip someone apar...
Diana Peterfreund introduces us to the darker side of unicorns in her novel RAMPANT. Peterfreund's unicorns are man-eating monsters. They can kill with poison in their horns, rip someone apart with their sharp teeth, and some have breath that can kill (literally).
Astrid Llewelyn has listened to her mother's crazy stories about extinct man-eating unicorns for years. Astrid never believed the stories - until the night her date ended up on the sharp end of a unicorn horn.
Now her mother's stories are all too real, and Astrid is sent to Rome for training as a unicorn hunter. She meets a group of other virgin descendants of Alexander the Great, and together they train to hunt and kill unicorns.
But Astrid doesn't want to be a hunter.
I enjoyed reading RAMPANT. There was some sexual tension and scenes of passion, as well as discussion about sex, but not enough to bother me. I'd recommend this for older readers 14+ because of the content.
I enjoyed the characters and learning about their lives. Astrid is strong, and yet vulnerable enough to make her real. The characters and their lives will run Rampant in my memory for a long time, but in a good way.
posted by TeensReadToo on February 11, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
A little strange but it was good...
posted by acsimps on December 14, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2009
A bit of a let down
I read this book while I was at a weekend reunion with some of my college friends, and the first line of the synopsis became a running joke among us: "Forget everything you ever knew about." fill in blank. However, even in this text, that's not entirely true anyway. There are several different types of unicorns, but they're mostly still horse-like with a horn on the end of their heads. They still largely embody the image that comes to mind for the unicorn, just not the mythology surrounding it.
The premise of the book was also a bit of a running joke, but these particular friends are lit nerds, so something like Rampant or even Harry Potter is likely to be scoffed at. Give me dry, literary realism or give me death!
I can say, though, to the readers who love nothing more that to lose themselves in high-octane fantasy thriller that this book will leave you disappointed. Astrid, the narrator and main character, is wretchedly, painfully, make me want to punch myself in the face whiney throughout the entire book.
Oh, I feel so bad for you Astrid-you poor, poor soul. You mean to tell me that you have super unicorn hunting powers that enable you to be part of an ancient secret society with all sorts of killer perks, and all you want to do is be a normal girl who loses her virginity at prom? Sorry, but I don't buy it. Stephanie Meyer's writing may not be stellar, but she really sells the vampire mythology in a way that makes you want to be part of it. I'm sorry Diana, I think you have a great concept for what could be a very engaging new sort of fantasy world that people want to be part of, but you didn't do the best job convincing us we should care. Perhaps it would have been better told from the perspective of one of the unicorn hunters who did want to be there, and loved nothing more than the thrill of driving that knife through the throat of the blood-thirsty, one-horned beast.
I want to know more about the fantasy, the history, and the magical powers that the girls have. More or less, they're not great at hunting unicorns, they sit on a chair which gives them special powers, and then they're great at hunting unicorns, soon culminating in a 'final battle' that blurs by in just a few pages. Alas, maybe we'll see a better sequel.
-Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com
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Posted March 11, 2011
I'm a big fan of Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Her writing sparkles, and she does a fabulous job of building relationships. So even thought I was skeptical when I first heard the premise for her new series, I figured I would give it a try. Killer unicorns? Hmmm. Now I know why I was skeptical. Peterfreund did nothing to make me believe in these deadly beasts, or even that the virgin girls who can kill them actually have special powers. It just came off flat. I felt like Peterfreund was trying too hard to be Buffy and The House of Night all in one. Stick to chick lit/romantic comedy, Ms. Peterfreund.
Weird plot line in this one!
I read this one because I wanted to see what the story line was. It's disturbing that the author could turn the subject of the story...unicorns...into something wicked. Dumb dialogue between characters also, and disliked the implied violence to animals within the pages of this book. If you are into sci-fi and fantasy, the Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey is much better!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 21, 2011
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