By Diana Peterfreund
Hello! Killer unicorns. Yes, this is exactly what grabbed me about this book. I snatched it up after reading the back cover. The book centers around Astrid. She has never believed her eccentric mom’s stories about killer unicorns but when one attacks her boyfriend she soon discovers her unwanted role as a unicorn hunter. I love a book with a unique idea or theme and this one certainly has that cornered. Honestly, I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did.
What I liked about this book:
- Unique idea.
- Myths about unicorns are woven into the story and that gives it an unexpected depth.
- Astrid is a strong, believable character who does not want to be a unicorn hunter or killer. She has a strong voice that pulls the reader into the story.
- Unexpected plot twists keep the pages turning.
- Tackles tough but relevant to the story topics like rape and virginity in a believable manner.
- I loved Bonegrinder. She is the resident pet killer unicorn. Some characters treat her like a pet and others see her as the enemy. The writer does a great job making the reader see the unicorn for different perspectives.
What I disliked about this book:
- The romance element. Giovanni and Astrid did not seem to have the right chemistry. I was not invested in their romance. Plot wise, the romance element was needed but it did not make me emotionally invested in the two of them.
- While I enjoyed that unicorn mythology was woven into the story it did seem to slow the story down at some points.
- I never fully understood why the throne of unicorn bones was important to the story.
- Astrid’s mother. I just did not like her or her role in the story.
My overall personal rating for this book is 4 stars. It earns this rating based on its unique concept, the way the writer pulled me into the story through the eyes of a strong believable character and there were only a few times I was tempted to skim or skip. I can’t give it a five because the romance failed me.
Who should read this book?
- Anyone who enjoys first person point of view fantasy with a strong female character.
- Unicorn and mythology fans.
- Readers who will not be offended by dealing with topics like virginity and rape. *This book deals with mature topics but is not explicit.
Have you read it? What did you think?