Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
(first published June 3rd 2010)
0316068683 (ISBN13: 9780316068680)
Atlanta, Georgia (United States)
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?
Little red riding hood suddenly becomes a pair! Two sisters have been through hell and back, watching there grandmother be devored by a wolf, and one of the sisters being brutally beaten by it as well that leaves her with a missing eye and a lot of scars. The story is somewhat moving and powerful because you really get to feel for the two main characters in this novel, the sisters. You get to understand their story, what they want and what drives them in life. It is evident that scarlett hunts because she wants to distract herself from thinking about what has occured, why it has occured and what has happened. Whereas Rosie, wants to move on and live. she wants to be a normal teenage girl who experiences life and does what other teenages do.
The novel itself was basic, and simple, and perhaps could have been expanded on a little, but it was a somewhat enjoyable and modern version of the fairy tale. I loved the way that the wolves were displayed and how there was mystery and cliche within the pages. It was expressive in many ways because it draws you in, makes you wonder what the wolves are after, and why they are after it.! I loved the expression of the words, the way the chapters flowed from one to the next, and liked the way in which you really got know the characters personally.
It was probably not my best read of the month, BUT it was an entertaining one that I was happy to read and am happy to say I have read. There was a ,lot that I felt could have been changed or elaborated on, there was space for more adventure and excitement, but I am not the author and we are all going to see things differently.