Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Synopsis: 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.
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.
To be quite honest, I wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to read this. The words "killer unicorns" and "huntresses" didn't appeal to me. But from the minute I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. The synopsis doesn't do this book justice.
On top of the action and romance, Rampant weaves in pieces of mythology and history. In my opinion, these are the best kind of books. While it's fun and alluring, it's also quite clear the author did her fair share of research.
As the protagonist, Astrid delivers a witty yet realistic view of what it would be like if you were forced into a world you never wanted to be apart of. How far would you go to escape fate? And what happens when you can't?
Rampant is full of twist and turns. And believe me, from an avid reader, it says something if I didn't see it coming. Woot Woot, now I can't wait till the sequel (Ascendant) comes out in September!