Zombies vs. Unicorns Release Day and Giveaway

(First: the winner of the Worldbuilding Q&A giveaway is alaska! Alaska, email me and tell me your address and whether or not you want Rampant or Ascendant.  To everyone else, I’m still answering questions, but I’ve been a bit tied up. so I’ll answer the rest of them in separate blog posts instead of the comments thread. Keep an eye out.)

Now…for the new giveaway!

Today is the day that ZOMBIES VS. UNICORNS, my new anthology, releases! Yay!

ZVU was a total labor of love for everyone involved. I remember when Justine first told me about the idea, and I was holding my breath and crossing my fingers that not only would she be able to sell it, but that I might be able to contribute. Last spring, I was given the go-ahead, and I wrote my first short story since college (not counting the Secret Stories). “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn” is an origin story for one of my unicorn hunters. I got the idea from a line in RAMPANT, though you don’t need to have read RAMPANT to enjoy “Care and Feeding…” and the story doesn’t actually have anything to do with that line.

And I’m glad that so many other people love the story as much as I do. To date, the collection has received two starred reviews, from Publisher’s Weekly and now, from School Library Journal:

“Diana Peterfreund wows readers by delving again into the dark world of Rampant (HarperTeen, 2009) with “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn,” proving Astrid is not the only strong female hunter out there.” — SLJ

And the bloggers have been weighing in as well:


“I am ashamed to not have read any of Diana’s work sooner.  It’s funny.  And interesting.  The world of Your Killer Baby Unicorn is totally awesome, and I have missed out.  Unicorns with fangs and secret unicorn-killing-squadrons run by nuns in Italy?  HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THAT? … One of the best unicorn stories in the set.” — Dreaming in Books
“My favorites were Maureen Johnson’s “Children of the Revolution”, which is about a girl minding the children of an eccentric celebrity, Scott Westerfield’s “Inoculata”, which takes place on a southern farm surrounded by zombies, Libba Bray’s “Prom Night”, about kids trying to have a prom night in the after math of a zombie apocalypse, and Diana Peterfreund’s “The Care and Feeding of Your Killer Baby Unicorn.”” — The Bodacious Pen

“Now, Team Unicorn, don’t get your panties in a twist. I loved the Unicorn stories too. How could I not when authors like Diana Peterfreund and Meg Cabot are writing them. Anyway, Ms. Peterfreund wrote about a young girl who saves a baby unicorn. I enjoyed Wendy so much that I hope we see more of her. Maybe in book 3 of the Killer Unicorn series?! We NEED more! Also, awesome, but totally hilarious was Meg Cabot’s Princess Prettypants. Which was about a typical unicorn that farts rainbows and smells like a florist shop. So funny! So if you fall into either category, unicorn or zombie lover, you’re sure to find something that tickles you fancy in Zombie vs. Unicorns. I highly recommend it for a good laugh, or a good scare. Keep it on your bookshelves for a rainy day, you’ll love it!” —  Cry Havoc Reviews


“The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn by Diana Peterfreund. Team Unicorn. 4 ♥ / 5 ♥
I need to go read Rampant as soon as possible. Killer Unicorns, and the girls that hunt them…it’s like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with unicorns. Wen is a unicorn hunter (not that she’s practicing) that suddenly finds herself caring for a newborn unicorn. The indecision that she feels comes through loud and clear. Clean writing and some awesome new unicorn lore and background makes this story of taming a killer unicorn an incredibly interesting one.” — Escape Through the Pages

“Favorite Unicorn Story: The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn by Diana Peterfreund.  I’ve been wanting to start this killer unicorn series after raves from Lori and Candace, and this just makes me want to read it even more.  Scary, action-packed, and wonderful.” — Reading Angel


“I loved the commentary that was between Black and Larbelestier. It was full of snarky and funny remarks. It also gave a brief glance into what the story was about, before you read it. I liked that it switched between Unicorn and Zombie stories. “The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn” by Diana Peterfreund was my favorite story, but I love her novels about killer unicorns.” — Sarah’s Random Musings

“The stories I did really enjoy were The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn by Diana Peterfreund, Princess Prettypants by Meg Cabot, and Cold Hands by Cassandra Clare.  I really got into all of the characters and the plot in just the short stories that they were in….In The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn, I loved Wen.  I loved how she followed what she felt was right, even though she had been raised to believe that unicorns were evil.” — So Many Books, So Little Time

“I devoured this story with fangirlish glee. I also have a bit of an obsession with exotic animals and their training, especially animals of the intelligent variety (y’all know I have Chocobo, an African Grey parrot, right?) so this story was a total win” — Cassandra Yorgey for Examiner.com

“The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn” by Diana Peterfreund hopefully is a segue to her new book! It was awesome!” — Bitten by Books

“After reading this short story I really want to read Rampant and find out more about the unicorn lore and the world of unicorn hunters.” — Dreaming of Books

And now for the giveaway. As simple as can be — just leave a comment here, and you, too, can win a copy. Have at it!

Posted in anthologies, Justine, unicorns, vainglory, YA, zombies

43 Responses to Zombies vs. Unicorns Release Day and Giveaway

  1. phyllis towzey says:

    Congratulations on release day, Diana, and on the great reviews.

    Re your nextg upcoming release, today I got an email from Borders letting me know there’s something “new from an author I love,” Diana Peterfreund, releasing Ascendant later this month. 🙂 So cool.

  2. kai charles says:

    great contest, I loved rampant and I cant wait to see more of the characters from “care and feeding”

    kai charles

  3. Enna Isilee says:

    I saw this book in the bookstore! ME WANT!!

    ~Enna Isilee
    SqueakyBooks@yahoo.com

  4. I think this antho sounds amazing, and I’d love to win a copy. There. 😛

  5. Reena says:

    I feel like I have been hearing about this book forever. Now it’s here and I am unemployed and cannot buy. The fabulous reviews are not making it better. Woe!

  6. Alexa says:

    Congratulations on release day and the wonderful reviews!

    my anti-spam word was flayer, yikes! very killer unicornish

  7. Raelena P. says:

    Congrats on the release!

  8. Tiff says:

    Congrats! Pretty excited to read this and Ascendant next week – it’s a big month for you!

  9. PurpleRanger says:

    I saw ZVU at Borders over the weekend. Which means that that if I’m lucky, I’ll be seeing ASCENDANT this weekend. (Well, ASCENDANT and Jennifer Estep’s VENOM, but you’re probably not as interested in the latter, are you?)

  10. Chelsea DeTorres says:

    I have been dying waiting for this book!!! I just read your story in Kiss Me Deadly! I am a huge fan! Yay killer unicorns!

  11. Helgagrace says:

    I am really looking forward to reading this collection!

  12. Sarah Mae says:

    I can’t wait to read ZvsU and Ascendant!

    spam word: digger (how appropriate)

  13. abby says:

    i am loving that there are so many new Diana Peterfreund books out right now. i can’t wait to get my hands on ASCENDANT and ZVU.

    and p.s. my anti-spam word was astrid. a sign, methinks.

  14. Natasha says:

    I am Team Unicorn all the way! Thanks for a great contest!

  15. Samantha says:

    Gah, I want this antho SO BADLY. It looks amazing! 🙂

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  17. Amy Stafford says:

    Holy cow, I have been waiting for this anthology for F-O-R-E-V-E-R. Okay, it just seems that long.

    Also, I have RAMPANT sitting with my stack of “read these right away!!” books. 🙂

  18. Kerstin Wolff says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this! So many awesome authors, and I fully expect Team Unicorn to come out victorious.

  19. April X says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this so badly! Hehe I got a teaser of Cassandra Clare’s zombie story, but I want to know more about Team Unicorn!

  20. Christine says:

    One of my friends read this book and told me that it’s a MUST for me. Without having read it, I’m siding with the unicorns. They could take zombies any day. 😛

  21. Sara M says:

    I absolutely loved Rampant and can’t wait for Ascendent next week! So of course I’d love to win Zombies vs. Unicorns! I am definitely Team Unicorn!

  22. Izzy says:

    Can’t wait to read this ^_^

  23. Virginia says:

    Sounds like this is a big hit! Looking forward to it and seeing you on Friday. Can’t wait to hear the panel discussion. 🙂

  24. camille says:

    It sounds absolutely amzing. I just can’t wait to read it!

  25. jpetroroy says:

    I’m so excited for this one! Congrats on the release!

  26. Serena says:

    OOh it sounds fantastic, I must read. Though Im not sure hich catergory Id fall into, zombie or unicorn they both sound so cool.

  27. Yan says:

    I’m team unicorn 😀 …well, sometimes I’m team zombie. It’s so hard to choose! But OMIGOSH, my anti-spam word is UNICORN. It is fate!

  28. Brittany says:

    Pick me!!!!!

    Want.

    🙂

  29. Bailey says:

    I would love a copy!! 🙂
    baileythebookworm at gmail dot com

  30. alaska says:

    awww, my anti-spam word was “amy”. i miss bugaboo!

    second, please don’t enter me into the contest because my copy arrived yesterday (ee!) but i wanted to tell everyone that team unicorn is AWESOME, and the book is stellar (the book art! the icons! the snarkiness! justine and holly going back and forth!) and diana’s story is just as fantastic as you might imagine – i’m so glad these anthologies are bringing more people to the “rampant” world!!

  31. Jai Dacey says:

    yay sounds like a fantastic anthology

  32. Tanya Riley says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway This book sounds awesome and I can’t wait to get my hands on it

  33. booksNyarn says:

    So excited for this book!

  34. kisah j. says:

    i’ve heard such good things about this book….and c’mon, how can you NOT want to pick up a book titled zombies vs. unicorns? that’s friggin’ awesome!

    and i’m team zombie all the way!

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

  35. Lisa S. says:

    GO team Unicorns! So excited to read this book and your short story.

  36. Jessy says:

    Congrats on the release! Sounds like everyone loved the story. I’m looking forward to grabbing a copy.

  37. Caitlin says:

    Congrats on the release!! i’ve really been looking forward to reading all the different stories in this book! I have to pick a side at some point! 😀

  38. Christina G says:

    I saw Z vs U at the bookstore today. LOVE the cover graphics!
    🙂

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  40. Mariska says:

    am i too late to enter ? i would love to win your books ! 🙂 coz you are a new for me author.

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  42. Bookworm134 says:

    I wanna copy sooo bad!

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