Astrid Llewelyn always thought her mother was more than a little nuts. Besieged with a childhood of graphic tales about killer unicorns and ancestors responsible for the extinction of the race, Astrid has never been able to see the fanciful creatures as cute and cuddly. Scepticism about her mother’s quirky research obsession turns to belief in one terrifying moment as Astrid’s potential prom date is gored before her eyes by a so called mythical beast.
Thus begins the adventure in Peterfreund’s Rampant. A bit Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a bit Roman Holiday and yet very much it’s own unique creation, Rampant leads it’s readers on a journey into another land. The city of Rome is it’s own character in the novel, along with girls from around the world who gather there to train to do battle against the reemergent Unicorns. As for Alexander the Great, you’ll just have to read the book to see how he fits in. You won’t regret it. Rampant is the best new YA book I’ve read this year.