I remember teasing a friend about unicorns before I read this. I told her she would look like a unicorn if she wears her colorful swimwear on her date. I even said at least it’s not just a horse but a beautiful unicorn and then I read Rampant—all my prior beliefs with unicorns were thrown out the window.
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund
Killer Unicorns # 1
Hardcover, Harper Teen, 402 pages
Read from December 12 to 25, 2012
I never thought unicorns as killer animals. I see them as beautiful, tame, and silent creatures. But as they say, looks can be deceiving, right? Who would have thought that they’d be ferocious and scary?
I usually read about vampires, shape shifters, fae, demons, angels, etc. but never unicorns. Killer unicorn(s) as a plot in a fantasy novel is a unique idea. It deviates from the normal villains in YA Fantasy/Paranormal which makes it interesting. And who would have thought to link your supernatural abilities with virginity? That is unusual and ridiculous. If they won’t die of unicorn attack, they’d die of Cervical Cancer. LOL. Don’t get me wrong, I admire girls who cherish their virtue but as a source of magical power? Nah. If you get the cherry popped, let’s say by sports, poof, say goodbye to your hymen and your Unicorn Hunter powers.
Astrid falls short from the badass heroine category. She fights. She’s cool. But she’s far from the fun-fearless femme fatale I usually read in UF/F novels. I understand it has something to do with the character’s age; I’m not just used to it. Astrid doesn’t have the edge and aggressiveness I see in UF/F/Dystopian heroines. Her cousin Philippa has that vibe.
I seldom read novels with death and psychological/emotional disturbance, it’s unsettling. How much more violence against helpless women? That is why the date rape in Rampant is taboo for me. I can tolerate “attempted” violence but if it happened? That’s a different story.
I also didn’t like Astrid’s mom, Lilith. I never ever liked parents pushing their kids to finish their unaccomplished dreams/goals. Affected much? Maybe. It was Lilith’s fault she didn’t become a Unicorn Hunter. It wasn’t Astrid who spread her legs and got pregnant. It’s a punishment to the kids if the parents will not hear what their kids wanted. It’s a shame it took a life & death situation for Lilith to realize her mistake. Remember when they said, you’ll know the importance of something once it’s gone? Yes, it’s BS but it’s true.
I rated Rampant 3.5 Kiss Marks because it’s entertaining. The things I didn’t like are subjective. It isn’t as spectacular as other Fantasy novels but the theme is a first for me. If you guys want a new supernatural villain, pick Rampant. You might like it better than I did.
Book # 201 of 2012
Book Cover: Diana Peterfreund Official Website
Book Copy: Owned