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.

Type Her Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Killer Unicorns # 1
Hardcover, Harper Teen, 402 pages
YA Fantasy

Read from December 12 to 25, 2012

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.

Or not.

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.

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.

Mediocre: I can tolerate it but I want more!

Mediocre: I can tolerate it but I want more!


Book # 201 of 2012

Other Reviews:
Late Night with Good Books
Young Adult Controversial Titles

Book Cover: Diana Peterfreund Official Website
Blurb: Goodreads
Book Copy: Owned


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