Friday, December 11, 2009

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund

Title: Rampant

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Published: New York : HarperTeen, 2009

Pages: 402

Snippet: "Massive beyond all imagining - an elephant, a tank, a battering ram of tightly coiled death, the monster stood and stared at me, shifting its giant head with the graceful slowness of all great animals."

Summary: After sixteen-year-old Astrid Llewelyn survives a vicious unicorn attack, she learns that she is a descendant of the most famous unicorn hunter of all time and she must travel to Rome, Italy, to train in the ancient arts in order to carry on her family legacy and save the world from the threat posed by the reemergence of lethal unicorns.

Review: First thing I have to say about Rampant is how cool is this cover. But the cover is actually not the first thing that drew me to this book. No, it was the unicorns. It is not everyday I get to read a book about unicorns. Much less killer unicorns at that. That is why I am very happy that I managed to grab a hold on Rampant and read it to the very end.

From the first couple of pages we are instantly drawn into the action with a unicorn attack and I thought it was very cool and very exciting. From there I found Rampant to be really interesting and was a good book to get sucked into. I actually found Rampant one of those books that were hard to pick up but once I did, I couldn't put it down.

While I quite liked Astrid as a character she wasn't my favourite. I have to say my favourite was Cory and I wished I had gotten to know more about her and the other girls for that matter. I didn't really like Lilith or Phil that much. But I did have some sympathy for Phil in the end.

I have to say that there is one part of Rampant that shocked me a little and unnerved me slightly because it isn't the type of thing that I like to read about. I did carry on reading though because it was only a minor setback.

As for the unicorns, they were great. Who doesn't love a good story about unicorns? These unicorns were fantastic. My favourite type of unicorn would be the karkadann, just because they're so fierce and creepy. I thought the history of the unicorns was really fascinating too.

I quite enjoyed the ending too. There was enough there for a good tie-up but it also left a couple of questions which I'm hoping will be in the sequel which I have heard there will be.

Overall, Rampant is a really cool book and while I had not expected it to be set in modern times I found it to be really well-written and an incredible book. It is definitely a worthwhile read.


  1. I read Rampant about a month ago, and I have to agree, it was pretty good. The karkadann is my favourite unicorn too!

    She just released the title for the sequel, Ascendant. Too bad it won't be out for a while!

  2. Want to read Rampant so bad, it sounds lovley. I saw this book online, but they had the other cover and i so do not want that one. LOL :)

  3. Who doesn't love unicorns?!? lol I can't wait 2 read it!

  4. wow "unicorn attack" sound really really awesome in itself =D
    I won a copy of this from a contest and I can't wait for it to arrive in my mailbox =)

  5. I'm dying to read this! Sounds awesome! =) I'm surprised though that most people aren't familiar with the whole "killer unicorn" thing. Its in a lot of classic legends. Very interesting. =)

    Great review!

  6. Can't wait to read this! Oh, and I got an award for you:


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