Pub. Date: August 25, 2009
Pages: 402 pages
From goodreads.com:"Killer unicorns. Seriously?" I'm sure this is what many of you are thinking. You're not alone, I was very unsure of the idea, but after reading Diana Peterfreund's short story in Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love, I couldn't resist reading this one.
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.
The book grabbed me right from the start! I love that it doesn't wait with huge introductions, but instead jumps right into the story and even action. The plot idea was strong, unique, and interesting and I think that Diana executed it really well. You'll find yourself guessing a lot and trying to read fast enough to keep up with all the excitement.
Astrid was a great protagonist and I especially loved all of the other hunters. Giovanni was definitely a favorite of mine too... I will say that it is a bit hard to keep up with all of the unicorn species and names of each character at first. It took me awhile to get it all straight and not have to keep flipping back and forth (by the middle of the book I had most of the names/species figured out).
I also have to say that the overall idea of unicorns was extremely creative- I have never read another fiction novel focused on unicorns, nor have I heard of one.So, as odd as it may sound, I would like to give a huge applause to Diana for that!
Overall I enjoyed this book so much! If you are unsure about the idea of unicorns or you read this and loved it I recommend checking out her short story in the Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love!
Note: The only reason I gave it 4.5 stars is because I didn't find the book really "stuck" with me after reading it. What I mean is, I enjoyed every page while reading it, but afterward I kind of forgot I had even read it. I like books that keep me interested even after I am done with them and keep me asking questions, going back and reading it, and hoping for the sequel (Ascendant is the sequel for this one!). So that is my explanation, I hope you understand.
Rating: 4.5 stars / 5 stars