Cannonball Read V: Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
But as a lady and being one that probably will always consider herself a young adult so I can keep reading YA books, it was really quite enjoyable. My favorite story out of all of them was Carrie Ryan's "Bougainvillea." I could imagine it as a movie or a longer novel. Both beautiful and creepy I really just wanted it to be expanded and follow the protagonist into her future. I wont ruin it, but I think that was easily the best story in the collection. Of the unicorn stories I thought "The Care and Feeding of Your Killer Baby Unicorn" by Diana Peterfreund was the best. It featured unicorns that weren't fluffy and girly and it had some good humor. Turns out its actually a full series so I can get back to leaning about killer unicorns! Hurrah!
The only story I really did not enjoy was Margo Lanagan's "A Thousand Flowers," which also happens to be the one that hints at beastiality, although that wasn't the reason I didnt like it. The writing was along the lines of "ye olde English" to place it in the time of knights and princesses, but it just felt so out of place with the rest of the book. Plus I found it to be kind of boring and skipping around from t0o many point-of-views.
Being a unicorn girl myself, I figured in the end I would enjoy the more fantasy geared stories the best, but I was pleasantly surprised by actually enjoying the zombie fiction more. Thanks to this book I am now Team Zombie. They just happen to make the best stories and impressively had untold zombie situations. Whether you are Team Zombie or Team Unicorn, I would suggest this as a fun and light read. Plus you can always skip the stories that are boring or not on your team! Everyone wins!
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