Written by: Diana Peterfreund
Release date: August, 2009
Part of: Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge
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.
Yes, indeed, forget everything you ever knew about these creatures, they certainly are not friendly. I had this book for a while now, and thought I would give it a shot. Did I like it? I did, but it took me a while.
I had a hard time getting into the story. The first few pages where a bit too much. The author introduces us into the world of the unicorn, which is good, but a little too descriptive for my taste. But finally when the action kicked in I was glued to the pages.
The story takes place in Italy and it immediately sets the whole vibe for it. And if you haven’t been there I can guarantee after reading this you want to pack you bag and go. The plot got a bit of everything, romance, action and mythology. The perfect way to start a series!