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.
Beth says 5 Stars...
This book totally rocked my socks off. First of all, I absolutely adore the concept. My high school's mascot was the unicorn, so I have a special connection with all things involving unicorns. I'm also completely serious about the mascot. There was a reason we didn't have a football team. I loved the different take on unicorns, particularly the fact that they are now vicious. If that gets into the mainstream maybe my high school's team will be feared. Back to the book, though. I loved Astrid. She kicks butt in so many ways. Plus, she's a science nerd like me. Chem major all the way! The characters were all very layered and unexpected, with none of them conforming to stereotypes. The jock was extremely nice and grounded, while the girls who appeared to be nasty ended up having hearts. Then there were the boys. Who doesn't love a guy that enjoys art and speaks Italian? (melt) I thought that the idea of the cloisters was interesting and allowed the relationships between the characters to become more intense without feeling artificial. The plot pulled me in and never let up. There was tons of action, but also a great deal of devellopment of ideas. I felt the complexity of the legend grow as I read, and I thought that was very clever. The book was well written also. There was a flow to everything, and even when things got a little choppy it felt like it should have been that way. It always worked with what was going on in the story. I think that everyone should read this book for its new take on unicorns and learn to fear them. Go Unis!