Honestly, though, I think this book would still merit 2 stars if it weren't for the rape scene. When an animal has horns, what are they for? I guess I've always been mesmerized by magic and mythology. I enjoyed the characters and learning about their lives. Astrid is a major whiner. And you're not trying to train it not to kill people? Philippa takes her out to enjoy the nightlife, and meet boys.
We dove right into the story and the plot moved along quickly so we were able to get just the right amount of history for Astrid to start her training. After all, it's her mind that's basically our guide through the story, and I want to sympathize with her. The book itself was well done, it did make me laugh from time to time. Go slow, lube up and double your pleasure. It makes me upset just thinking about it. So why would I read a book about killer unicorns, I can't really say actually.
Repeated rule breaking will result in warnings followed by blacklisting upon non-compliance. But does she want to hunt unicorns? If so, she has to remain a virgin, which means no sex with new boyfriend Giovanni. The author creates a clever world where unicorns are evil beasts and only virginal descendants of Alexander the Great can slow them down long enough to kill them. I hated this book with a fiery passion. And the idea of a school in Rome with teenagers training to kill them was pretty neat too. I was very happy to learn there is a sequel coming out.
And the setting is pleasantly macabre: the training is held in a ruined convent filled with furniture made from unicorn bones. As a kid, I cross-stitched two unicorn pictures to hang on my bedroom wall. Astrid Llewelyn has listened to her mother's crazy stories about extinct man-eating unicorns for years. And then, the whole warrior thing, when Astrid isn't particularly athletic. A group of teen virgin huntresses in a secret Italian society hunting poison-horned, razor-toothed, merciless unicorns. And I wanted Rampant to join those ranks.
. And not just any old sparkly, frolicking through a meadow unicorns. Rampant is a deeply layered, richly historied universe, with lore within lore and plans within plans, as they say in Dune. All of this is relevant to the machinations of minister Ja-joon played by , but when Prince Cheong played by gets back from a long sojourn in China, all he sees is an empty wrecked town and no royal guard to meet him,.
Cory was bipolar and vicious even considering her situation. So why does it have a generic picture of a teen girl on the cover? As I read the book, I couldn't help but be amazed by how fully detailed it was--and how carefully Peterfreund thought out the implications of her ideas. I was surprised at the mix of unicorn fantasy and serious issues regarding girls' sexuality in this book. The idea of killer uniforns is completly original and I love how the author intertwined mythology into the plot and it centers around strong women! Plain and simply this book was awesome. At least, I wish I did going in. I barely finished this one.
However I have to say that for me, this book was the literary equivalent of a Peep. In fact, if you're sick of Twilight angst over soul mates and forever love, this compares favorably as a realistic look at girls and sex. What I don't like is for a message to be beaten over my head about a thousand times. First of all, killer unicorns? She is a horrible mother, a slut-shaming and victim blamer. I've read a lot of bad reviews on this book but the premise was too interesting for me not to give it a try. It made me so mad.
This is a really sensitive area, so make sure you use the lowest vibration setting as he gets used to it. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to its potential. She didn't seem like the cool, strong female at all. I'm kind of a nerd, so when this book get's deep into the myth of the unicorns I was utterly fascinated.
Turns out her mother was right all along--unicorns do exist, and they're out for our blood. The best thing I liked about this book is that it is just one book! At the very least, I want them to hold onto it, because then it's like a friend who feels the same way you do. Right away I knew I'd like this book. When one of the girls does lose her virginity, and not willingly, it is shocking.
Plus you get to watch and learn how they like to get themselves off too, and see how much you turn them on. She's imperfect, but admirable, courageous and just a normal girl tying to figure out who she is. But there is a sequel I can't wait to read. I wanted the story to keep going. It is too dark, too serious a thing to do to a character.