The blurb: The story of Scarlett and Rosie March, two highly-skilled sisters who have been hunting Fenris (werewolves) – who prey on teen girls – since Scarlett lost her eye years ago while defending Rosie in an attack. Scarlett lives to destroy the Fenris, and she and Rosie lure them in with red cloaks (a colour the wolves can’t resist), though Rosie hunts more out of debt to her sister than drive. But things seem to be changing. The wolves are getting stronger and harder to fight, and there has been a rash of news reports about countless teenage girls being brutally murdered in the city.
Scarlett and Rosie soon discover the truth: wolves are banding together in search of a Potential Fenris – a man tainted by the pack but not yet fully changed. Desperate to find the Potential to use him as bait for a massive werewolf extermination, the sisters move to the city with Silas, a young woodsman and long time family friend who is deadly with an axe. Meanwhile, Rosie finds herself drawn to Silas and the bond they share not only drives the sisters apart, but could destroy all they’ve worked for.
My review: This book came to me as a review copy from the publisher and I was immediately struck by the cover, the red foil is extremely striking and in a genre saturated with red, white and black covers this really stood out.
I also really liked the fable imagery that was employed. This is a refreshing new take on the Little Red Riding Hood we’re all familiar with. Granny indeed does get eaten but the little red riding hoods of the story don’t take it lying down. They bide their time and come out fighting. I was happy with the empowerment of the sisters, they weren’t resting on their laurels and relying on defense they were in full commando attack mode!
Scarlett is your typical anti-hero. She’s not always likeable and sometimes I found her sole focus on hunting somewhat two dimensional. Even for a scarred character there should be some hope for redemption and release from overwhelming responsibility. The contrast between herself and Rosie was almost too overstated. But I did love the new take on the werewolves, there may be almost as many books on werewolves now as there are on vampires so a new take should always be applauded.
This was a catchy read, which I enjoyed, reminded me a bit of Robin McKinley who is one of my favourite authors.
7 out of 10 stars! *******
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