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?
For Scarlet life is all about the fight. She has given up everything to try and prevent as many girls as possible from being killed because she feels that because she knows about the monsters she has a duty to do something about them.
Rosie however feels its Scarlet she owes her life to. When their Grandmother was attached Scarlet fought to protect her and so she is also learning to fight because she knows it will make Scarlet happy.
When their best friend Silas returns however things begin to change. They all notice the increase of the monsters where they are and when the have a close encounter with an alpha they discover it is because they are looking for a new boy to join their pack. They decide to move to the city to try and attack the problem where they can do more. Life in a city is different though. Here there are plenty of girls luring the monsters so she can’t get close enough and even then they are trying hard not to hunt for prey but for the potential. While she is putting her heart into find who that is though Silas and Rosie are building a new relationship. He see’s than she wants something more like him and encourages her to try something new and slowly she falls for him.
Together however they continue to try and fight and to find out as much about the potential as they can. When Scarlet discovers about Rosie and Silas new relationship though she also learns a shocking truth that could change her relationship with Rosie even more than she scared of.
I found this an easy book to get into. The chapters alternates between Scarlet and Rosie’s point of view and this allows the reader to understand everything that is going on. The two sisters have always been close but Scarlet’s drive for fighting is clouding her decisions about Rosie. Rosie on the other hand is torn between her love for her sister and the normal life she dreams of. Their relationship is really important to the story and I think there is a cycle within it about how they have been shaped by their experiences with the monster however they are different experiences because Scarlet has wanted to protect her sister.
I have to admit I had pretty much worked out what was going to happen in the story but that didn’t make it less interesting to read. I think that although it is part of a re-telling series it is more a what-happened-next twist on Red Riding Hood. It had been well built up with different packs, myths and rituals that allowed there to be a good plot but the characters and their relationships with one another were also good.
This was a really good book and I feel that I haven’t really given it justice in this review but I feel if you read it you will understand that it is just one of those books that you put down feeling satisfied.