Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tale/Retelling
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hit the shelves on: June 7, 2010
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Summary (from Goodreads)
Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris–the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She’s determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls’ bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett’s only friend–but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?
How’d it get on my shelf?
I purchased this book to complete one of my reads for both the 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge and the Color Coded Challenge 2013.
It took me a while to get into this story, I feel like I wasn’t really invested in what was going on until 3/4 of the way through. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t fall in love with the characters and the storyline. I enjoyed the way the story paralleled little aspects of Little Red Riding Hood while being a completely separate story all together. The girls wore red cloaks because wolves are drawn by the color red, they learned of the werewolves because of a huntsman, and Scarlet and Rosie were attacked while at their Grandmother’s cottage (although they lived there and weren’t just visiting). Beyond those few things though this felt like a whole new story to me. There was some action throughout the story, but I personally felt like most of it came towards the end.
I really liked Rosie’s character. She was so determined to be a good person and live up to the duty that she thought she had to her sister and innocent girls who didn’t know about the Fenris. She was caring and compassionate yet still ended up being a bad ass in the end. I felt like she grew a lot throughout the story and became the person that she wanted to be instead of what she thought her sister wanted her to be.
I started out liking Scarlet in the beginning of the book, and then by the middle she just got on my nerves a lot. I really just wanted Scarlet to stop making Rosie feel guilty so she could get her own way, I know she had good intentions and was completely driven by the hunt but it was still pretty irritating. Despite the fact that I ended up not particularly liking Scarlet, the two sisters had an amazing bond which I loved. Through everything Rosie only wanted to make Scarlet happy and Scarlet only wanted to keep her sister safe.
As for Silas, I’m still not sure how I feel about him. On one hand, I really loved the way he handled Scarlet… but on the other he never did anything that made me want to swoon and fall in love with him. I liked that he was protective of Rosie, but I didn’t really feel anything in regards to their romance. It got a little better at the end, but I was just left feeling a little *meh* about it overall. His character was amusing to me but lacked the sexy factor.
Jackson Pearce did a really good job of ending the story on a satisfying note. I liked this book, but there was just something that prevented me from loving it. I never felt like I couldn’t put it down until I got to the last 20 pages…. I actually set it aside to start a couple other books while I was reading it. I would only recommend this book to someone who really likes werewolf stories. It wasn’t bad, but I did feel like there was something missing.