Saturday, August 8, 2009


If you have stopped by Kepler's this summer you've witnessed our unicorn obsession. We have uncicorn yarns for all ages from the sweet to the adventurous. But here at last rides in our Teen Unicorn Title . . . and it is not sweet at all. VL

By Diana Peterfreund

I have to be honest here, but since reading this book I have been unable to look at Unicorns in the same way every again. This book first came to my attention over a year ago, long before publication, when Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier visited the store and raved about it. Then I simply had to get my hands on a copy, and I just loved it. I mean really, Killer Unicorns--how can you go wrong!

Here are some things you need to know about Unicorns: They are real. There are several different breeds (similar to dogs and horses) .They have an uncontrollable blood lust when faced with all humans--- except of course the virgin descendents of Alexander the Great. And therein lies Astrid's problem. She doesn't believe that Unicorns are real, until of course she sneaks out of her babysitting gig with her boyfriend, who is then attacked by one of the small variety and gored by the Unicorn's poisonous horn. Astrid can only halt the venom by calling her mother to tell all and to get the last of the antiserum that she has from who knows where.

....And this is only the beginning of her problems because her mother decides to pack her off to Rome to join the training school for Unicorn Killers and then the real trouble begins!

Reviewed by Antonia S.


Rachel said...

I liked the other cover for this. I just read a review for this like two minutes ago. It looks good and I'll have to get it since everyone is saying its so good.

Anonymous said...

Antonia, I'm so pleased you loved it as much as I do. It's out this month at long last. It's been very frustrating raving about a book that people can't get their hands on yet.

The cover has changed by the way. You can see the new one here.

Justine Larbalestier

Diana Peterfreund said...

Hi, Antonia, thanks for reading! And is it okay to say that I'm happy I've expanded your unicorn horizons? ;-)

Hi, Rachel. Actually, the "other cover" you're thinking of is the official cover. This is the cover that will appear on the printed book.

Vivian said...

Indeed, withing minutes anotnia wrote me abotu eh cover. we LOVE the new one. The reflection on the blade is just brilliant. VL

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