Book Review: Zombies Vs. Unicorns

Book Review: Zombies Vs. UnicornsZombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on September 21st 2010
Pages: 418

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?


Stories: There is a diverse and brilliant group of writers in this anthology. Each of the stories amazed me and ranged from love stories to brutal horror stories. I loved each of the stories and it makes me wonder why I don't read more anthologies.

Dialogue: The commentary between Justine and Holly was hilarious. I was guffawing like mad and my husband gave me the "You are weird look" as I read this book. Justine was the more brutally honest, competitive commenter – one that rooted hard for the Zombies. Holly was definitely a bit nicer with her comments and even admitted that she does like zombies – a little bit. As of fan of both creatures I found it highly amusing to read.

Favorite story: This was a tough choice, but I'd have to go with Prom Night by Libba Bray.

Team Unicorn or Zombie: Still undecided – I just like both way too much to decide.


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3 responses to “Book Review: Zombies Vs. Unicorns

  1. Girl on a Mission

    I’m not a huge fan of anthologies just because they seem like such teasers. Though I’m glad it was something fun to read. I haven’t read it yet but I’d have to say Unicorns! Zombies creep me out lol.

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