by Diana Peterfreund
Review by Cathy Green
HarperTeen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061490002
Date: 01 September 2009 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
It's never easy for a teenager who has a parent who insists on reliving past glory or the glory that should have been but never was through his or her offspring. However, Astrid Llewellyn has it worst than most. Most parents just make their kids practice the piano until they hate the instrument they used to love or practice making jump shots for so many hours that the formerly fun activity becomes a chore; Lilith Llewellyn wants her daughter to become a unicorn hunter and have the glory that Lilith was denied due to unicorns allegedly having been wiped out. And these are not the cute unicorns that went through an unfortunate My Little Ponyfication in the 1970s. No, these are vicious, venomous, carnivorous, fanged, man-eating unicorns. From official release/information:
Product Description: 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. Or not.
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.