Google+ Reading Teen: Review: Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, and Cassandra Clare.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Review: Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Maureen Johnson, Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Kathleen Duey, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, Diana Peterfreund, Libba Bray, and Cassandra Clare.

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Buy the Book: Amazon

Author's websites: http://justinelarbalestier.com/, http://www.blackholly.com/, http://www.alayadawnjohnson.com/, http://www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com/index1.html, http://www.carrieryan.com/, http://scottwesterfeld.com/, http://www.megcabot.com/, http://www.garthnix.com/, http://www.kathleenduey.com/, http://www.temeraire.org/, http://amongamidwhile.blogspot.com/, http://www.dianapeterfreund.com/, http://libbabray.com/, http://cassie-claire.com/cms/home.

It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths—for good and evil—of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?


My Review(s):
     
     As I started to write my review for this (amazingly fantastic) book, I realized that writing it all together would be completely impossible.  It would be like trying to review twelve different books at the same time.  Therefore, allow me to present My Reviews in a Sentence:

The Highest Justice by Garth Nix (Unicorn): 

     I loved it and wished I could have had more of the story, but it was my first short story so I soon became acquainted with the fact that they often just end.

Love will Tear us Apart by Alaya Dawn Johnson(Zombie): 


     Weird, just weird... I thought the idea was crazy interesting, (a love story from a zombie's perspective) but there was excessive cussing (like every other word) and I just felt like that took away from the story.

Purity Test by Naomi Novik(Unicorn):


     This one was short, funny, and completely unique, I love a unicorn with spunk.

Bougainvillea by Carrie Ryan(Zombie): 


     Oh, my, gosh, this story was SO fabulous, it's definitely one of my two absolute favorites, I just seriously loved Isa, she was so strong and undoubtedly the most heroine-ly in the whole book.

A Thousand Flowers by Margo Lanagan(Unicorn):

     A short story is.. well.. short, so why would you want to spent the first five minutes on a guy just talking about where he wants to pee??? well that wasn't the strangest part... this one was... kind of disturbing.

The Children of the Revolution by Maureen Johnson <3 (Zombie):

     All time favorite, right here, sure it was bizarre, not to mention I read it while babysitting, (bad idea) but it was crazy and exciting and there was just something about the creepiness that I loved.

The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn by Diana Peterfreund:

     I think this was probably the most well-rounded story of them all, it had the thriller feel, but it also had a love story (I loved Eve, and yes, he's a guy), a completely satisfying ending, and so many tips for when I stumble upon my own baby killer unicorn.

Inoculata by Scott Westerfeld (Zombie):


     Oh Scott Westerfeld... will I ever find anything you've written that I don't love?? if only there was more to this story, I'd love to read what happens after the thousands of zombies start following their car...

Princess Prettypants by Meg Cabot(Unicorn.. of course):

     Cute, hilarious, and sweet in comparison to the rest of the stories, I loved it, but of course I did, it's Meg Cabot's.


Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare (Zombie):


     Sadly, I found this story kind of forgettable, in a sea of zombies and unicorns I guess it just didn't stick out in my mind... it was interesting and kept my attention, but wasn't astounding..


The Third Virgin by Kathleen Duey (Unicorn):


     This was the only story that was truly sad, it made me want to love a unicorn.. If only to save it's life.


Prom Night by Libba Bray (Zombie):

     Gah, this story NEEDS a book, I loved it, but I was just dying to read about what happened before.. before they were safe(ish).

"Anything random is inevitable."

So there you have it.  You should seriously read this book.


    Sexual Content: 
        In #2: Moderate/Heavy
        In #9: Mild/Moderate
        Others: None/Mild
    Profanity: 
        In Stories 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7: Minor
        Others: Heavy/Very Heavy
    Violence: Moderate/Heavy (All zombie and unicorn violence)
    Other Notables: 
        In Prom Night some kids are caught dealing drugs.
        In Princess Pretty Pants there's brief underage drinking by background characters.

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3 comments:

  1. This is such a unique and interesting book!
    Definatley gonna read it soon!

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  2. Great post, and amazing blog!

    Jessica from Booked Up!
    http://bookedupbloggers.blogspot.com/

    :) xxx

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  3. I borrowed this book last year but could only read a few stories due to my tight schedule ):

    but the ones I read were awesome! like Meg Cabot's (of course it was super cute and fabulous!) and Bougainvillea which was amazing too, and Cassandra Clare which was kind of dissapointing ):

    I hope I can get my own copy one day! (:

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