YA for Wine Lovers – Rampant

We were talking here on Rampant Reads the other day about how we named our blog after the book Rampant by Diana Peterfreund, but had not actually written a post about it! Ridiculous, I know. Fortunately for us, I run a book club, which means that I get to pick what we read. Bwahahaha!!!

For our October meeting, I wanted something with monsters, as it is October and Halloween is my birthday, so I like to celebrate monsters whenever possible. I feel that killer unicorns are really under appreciated nowadays, and I wanted to introduce more people to the glory that is a fanged, blood-thirsty beast of a unicorn.

It was really nice to have a mix of opinions on this book. While overall, every seemed to have a lot of fun with Rampant, we were able to have some interesting discussions about unicorn myths, virginity, and more.

This month’s drink is a basic daiquiri, with a twist. Combine all of liquid ingredients below and then put a spoonful of Pop Rocks in your drink for a nice little kick! Watch the video below to see it made step by step!

The Remedy


  • 1.5 oz Rum
  • .5 oz Lime Juice
  • .5 oz. Agave (or other sweetener)
  • .5 oz Prickly Pear juice
  • Pop Rocks

So now that you have your drink in hand (you do have your drink in hand, right?), let’s dive into Rampant!

Now it is no secret that we ladies of Rampant Reads love us some killer unicorns. I mean, we named our blog after the book for goodness sake! But it wasn’t always like that. When we first read the description of this book – unicorns are real, are killers, and can only be stopped by the virgin descendants of Alexander the Great – we were skeptical. This is the sort of thing that can be either awesome or horribly horribly awful. So we were very excited when buzz around the ‘net was that the book was fantastic. When we finally got a copy for ourselves, it traveled around our little circle faster than any other book before or since, and we all loved it.

At our book club on Wednesday, there was a mixed bag of reviews, but most people dug the book and the concept of killer unicorns. Because… come on. KILLER UNICORNS. That’s just a good time waiting to happen. I personally (and this is now RS here, btw – hi!) love the book because in the midst of all the craziness, there are some very real characters with some very real feelings toward being unicorn hunters. I love that Astrid does not want to become a hunter and really struggles with it throughout the book, even as she has to watch herself transform from ordinary teenager to killer. Her little moments of realization throughout the book as she caught herself doing or thinking things that would never have crossed her mind months earlier really drove home how much this experience had changed her. One point that was brought up during our Monday discussion was that when everyone thought she was dead, she had the perfect opportunity to escape and that almost every teenage girl would have taken that opportunity rather than return out of a sense of duty. I would argue that this just further proves how much this experience has transformed her into someone who is NOT a normal teenage girl. Throughout her months at the Cloister, she became a soldier, and it affected every decision she made after.

Though there are definitely a lot of deeper topics within the book , I also love that the book is just fun. Phil, one of my favorite characters, is a trip. Astrid herself can be delightfully snarky. And then there’s, you know, killer unicorns. I’m sorry, I know that there are some people out there who don’t want to read about teenage girls hunting down and killing mythological creatures, but I think my years of Buffy-watching will prove that I am not one of those girls. The book does not shy away from sending these girls out into a bloodbath, and despite their lack of training, they prove themselves to be damn good hunters.

Of course, there are lots of things to discuss with this book, but we don’t want these monthly book club posts to just be like any other review. Book clubs are all about discussion, and we can’t wait to discuss this one with you guys! So hit us up in the comments with your thoughts and opinions. What are your thoughts on the fact that the hunters must be virgins? What do you think of Phil’s stance on wanting to protect and study the unicorns rather than killing them into extinction? Do you now want a little Bonegrinder of your very own? We want to hear from you!

And we also want to see you, either virtually or in person, at our next meeting of YA for Wine Lovers. Head over to our Facebook page for all the details. Our next selection is City of Thieves by David Benioff. See you next month!


About SwordMistressofMeleeIsland

I am a pirate princess and Governor of Melee Island. I live a quiet life of looting and pillaging with my plunder bunny, Guybrush Threepwood. (I also enjoy reading. A lot. Any book will do.) View all posts by SwordMistressofMeleeIsland

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