Rampant 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.
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.
Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
Astrid Llewelyn is now a fully trained unicorn hunter, but she can’t solve all her problems with just a bow and arrow. Her boyfriend, Giovanni, has decided to leave Rome, the Cloisters is in dire financial straits, her best friend’s powers seem to be mysteriously disintegrating, and Astrid can’t help but feel that school, home, and her hopes of becoming a scientist are nothing but impossible dreams.
So when she’s given the opportunity to leave the Cloisters and put her skills to use as part of a scientific quest to discover the Remedy, Astrid leaps at the chance. Finally, she can have exactly what she wants—or can she? At Gordian headquarters, deep in the French countryside, Astrid begins to question everything she thought she believed: her love for Giovanni, her loyalty to the Cloisters, and—most of all—her duty as a hunter. Should Astrid be saving the world from killer unicorns, or saving the unicorns from the world?
So, what are you wishing for this week?
I had not heard of these books, but wow! They do sound very different from anything I have ever read. I can't even fathom evil unicorns, and I kind of don't want to.ReplyDelete
Watching the video helped because it was interesting to know where the author got her idea from, using actual research she did on the lore of unicorns.
Honestly, I'm on the fence. Gonna wait for your reviews before I give them a try.
Unicorns aren't in many books these days - they can't compete with Vampires, zombies and weres but these books intrigue me. Although I still feel some love for the gentle unicorn - I loved The Last Unicorn book & film! - I will check these out! :)ReplyDelete
Melissa these are two on my wishing to read list also, hope you get them because would love to know how they rank with you!ReplyDelete
My Wishlist is for only one book
Love the covers on these... Great choices! I'm adding to my Wish List again LOL...ReplyDelete
I've been seeing these books around and they are definitely on my "must read" list, too.ReplyDelete
I've posted my Wishlist here!
Actually, I wasn't sure about the whole evil unicorn thing either, but it is something I haven't seen before, so I'm curious. Plus, there looks like there is some conflict with it too.ReplyDelete
@Missie, I agree, the vid helped me as well to decide to put it on my wishlist. :)
Oh, no, not killer unicorns! Unicorns are sweet, gentle animals...aren't they??ReplyDelete
Rampant's on my wishlist too. Here's what I'm wishing for this week.ReplyDelete
@STephanieD... what do you think that pointy horn is for? No one ever said... ;)ReplyDelete
Oooh Ascendant looks good. . . I think I will add this to my wishlist as well!ReplyDelete
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This series sounds like a great read. I have it on my list here. But now I have to find time to read it. Hhhh, just not enought time in the day. :) Thanks!ReplyDelete