Re-read? There are most certainly parts in Rampant that I want to re-read.
Recommend? I recommend this to anyone who likes modern day fantasy. Oh, and killer unicorns. Also contains some sexual content.
Release Date: August 25, 2009
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.My Thoughts:
Have you ever thought there was more to unicorns then just the sweet, glittery horned horses that are depicted on Lisa Frank stationary? Ever thought that the horn on their head served a more sinister purpose? Well then you're right on page with Diana Peterfreund's Rampant.
Diana Peterfreund really took a spin on classical unicorns and created a modern world where unicorns exist-- and are poisonous, huge, and fanged. Rampant explored not only the concept of unicorns, but of bravery and becoming who you were really meant to be. Our main character, Astrid, grew so much throughout the book. She didn't give into her thoughts about going the easy way out, but rather grudgingly carried forward, something that needed to be done to truly understand herself-- to truely meet her potential.
I also thought it was interesting how Diana Peterfreund brought in the whole virginity aspect of being a Unicorn Hunter (a woman descended from the Unicorn Hunters of old, female only). How losing that huge part of you changes you so completely that even a Zhi wants to rip your head off! Some girls today seem to believe that being a virgin is nothing special and that you can just lose it whenever. I love how Diana really made virginity important and that there are consequences to losing it the wrong way. **(See Diana Peterfreund's comment below).
Rampant was so much more then just a tale about killer unicorns-- It showed the importance of being a woman and believing in yourself. Never sell yourself short ladies-- everyone deserves to create their own path in life-- don't let someone block yours.