Thursday, 28 September 2017

To DNF or not to DNF - Rampant

Rampant (Killer Unicorns #1)
by Diana Peterfreund

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.

My thoughts:
I've been picking this up, reading a bit, and putting this down a few times now.

The premise of this book is cool: killer unicorns! And some of them are even the proper goaty kind of unicorn. The story however feels much too slow and too focused on Astrid trying to get laid to escape her destiny. I want more killer unicorns!

I keep saying to myself to give it another try in hope there will be more unicorns if I just read a bit further, but maybe I should just give up and consider this book a DNF.

Anyone read this and can tell me if it's worth slogging through all the teen angsty stuff?

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B.E. Sanderson said...

I read it years ago and remember thinking it was pretty good. But yeah, loads of angst and not enough killer unicorns. I didn't read the sequel. Maybe it had more unicorns. Have you gotten to the training part yet? If I remember correctly, there was more evil unicorn slaying in there.

Sullivan McPig said...

Oh, I think I'm almost at that point. Will give it another chance.