Rampant – Diana Peterfreund

Two words: Killer Unicorns.

If you’re
a)      tired of vampires, werewolves, and zombies, and
b)      a fan of kick-ass heroines like Buffy

Then, this is the book for you.

Astrid has never really believed her mother’s crazy tales about the bloodthirstiness (or existence!) of unicorns. But one night, her date is gored by a creature with a single horn. When Astrid saves him, she discovers that her mother has been telling the truth. Not only are unicorns real and out for blood, but Astrid is a descendant of one of the greatest unicorn slayers of all time. Now Astrid must travel to a crumbling cloister in Rome to learn the finer points of unicorn hunting. (submitted by GH)

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

There are people who are deeply offended by this concept: a mash-up of a beloved classic with monsters.  I am not one of those people.  Quite the contrary, I have never read Pride and Prejudice and never intend to.  The movies are about as close as I get to classic literature.

Jane Austen?  Boring.  Jane Austen plus zombies?  Hilarious and action-packed!   Also, very commercially successful – a new genre has been spawned.

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Everlost – Neal Shusterman

So, what happens to you if you die before you turn 17, perhaps in a head-on car crash, and something interrupts on your journey toward the light?  You might end up in Everlost.  Quite the afterlife universe.  First book in a trilogy, the sequel is called Everwild – and it is a lot darker than this first book.  Everfound is set for release in May 2011.

Fresh vision, wonderful story-telling, and an increasingly dark and unpredictable tale.

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The Last Dragon – Silvana De Mari

If you like well-written fantasy and humour, this is the book for you.  Recommended to me by a children’s librarian,  I laughed out loud several times, and yet it was also very sad too.  A familiar set-up – an elf, a dragon, an orphan, and a prophecy to save the world, but an original execution of this plot – which I thought was wonderful.  As an adult science fiction/ fantasy fan, it was great to be surprised by children’s fantasy fiction.  Delightful! 

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