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Review: Zombies Vs. Unicorns Anthology

Title: Zombies Vs. Unicorns

Editors: Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

GenreYA Paranormal/Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: September 21, 2010

Format: Hardcover, 418 Pages

ISBN-10: 1416989536 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1416989530 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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?

Quick & Dirty: This was a hilarious read.  You have the scary, yet misunderstood zombies, and then you have the legendary, beautiful unicorns, where can you go wrong?

Opening Sentence: Since the dawn of time one question has dominated all others: Zombies or Unicorns?

Excerpt: Yes

The Review

Are you Team Unicorn or Team Zombie?  This anthology is filled with stories about some of our favorite paranormal creature’s: unicorns and zombies.  It has been a long heated discussion between Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier about which creature is better.  So they decided to gather all their writing friends and put together this anthology that will help you decided which one is the superior race.  Who will rein supreme in this epic competition only you the reader can decide.

Holly Black is the captain for Team Unicorn, and she has gathered quite the street team.  With members like Diana Peterfreund and Garth Nix how can she fail?  The authors cover all the different aspects of the legendary creatures known as unicorns.  In some of the stories the unicorn is a pure creature that can help to heal, but in another story it is a vicious killer that no one is able to stop.  Another aspect of the creature is that it is a superior race compared to likes of kings and queens.  In another it is a protector and is not something you want to mess with.   The authors try to convince you that unicorns are way more interesting than zombies.  If you like unicorns these stories will be perfect for you.

Next we have Team Zombie lead by the fierce Justine Larbalestier.  Her team consists of authors like Cassandra Clare, Meg Cabot, and Scott Westerfeld.  Ranging from the vicious killers, to lovers they cover everything to do with zombies.  Scary zombies are way more fun to kill than scary unicorns, and they are a way better villain.  But are zombies only scary undead creatures?  Of course not, they can also be the good guys, the love interest, or the crime solver.  If you are a fan of zombies these stories will be totally awesome.

For me, I will have to give the win to the Unicorns.  I am fascinated by the mythological creatures and all the different skills that they posses.  But Team Zombie also did a very good job as well.  This is a really funny read.  With every story you have an introduction by the two captains explaining why that story makes their creature the better choice.  With some amazing authors and amazing topics how can you go wrong?  If you are a zombie or unicorn fan I would highly recommend picking this one up, or if you are just looking for a fun entertaining read you would like it as well.

Notable Scene:

It isn’t a fake.

I can tell the instant I’m inside the tent, though I can’t even see it yet.  But it smells like last fall in here, the weird scent that at the time I thought was someone burning leaves, or plant matter rotting after the October rains.

The interior of the tent looks like a museum gallery, with a dark, winding path snaking past individual exhibits that stand out like islands of amber red light in the gloom.  Noah has already pilled Katey into a dark corner behind the sea serpent bones to make out.  I can see them even better inside the blackened tent than I could in the glare of the midway.

It’s the unicorn that does this to me.  Its evil tingles along my nerve endings, waking them, turning them like a drug so that everything is clearer, stronger, slower.

FTC Advisory: Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Zombies Vs. Unicorns. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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