I was so excited about this book but ended up wanting to set it on fire. The concept was so cool, but the execution was an epic fail. The book was supposed to be about strong females but NO! It somehow twisted it into something horrible. I am getting a head of myself, the review of the book is below the synopsis. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT even both borrowing this book from the library.
Author: Jackson Pearce # of pages: 328
Star Rating: 1 out 5 stars—-should really be a ZERO but I wont be that mean because at least they tried.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
Wow this was absolutely not at all what i was expecting. I love books with strong female leads and I thought that was what this book was going to be, heck i expected 2 strong female leads….not at all what happened. Right off the bat the book starts off strong. A grandmother sacrificing herself in order to protect her young granddaughters. Alas the werewolf is still alive so the older sister breaks a mirror and uses the glass to fight the work…sounds like it will be a strong book right? Wrong.
The book moves forward 7 years later and you find out that the older sister, Scarlet, is luring and killing werewolves. Fantastic sounds great! But then a childhood friend comes back into town and the story takes a turn for the worst. Rosie, the younger sister’s character is reduced to nothing more than a girl with a crush. I am not kidding, it is 90% of her thoughts and dialog. She is 16 but you would get the impression she was a 12 year old.
The story progresses and has you following Scarlett as she goes hunting which should have been great until you see how the potential victims are chosen. Girls become victims based on their bubbly personalities and the way they dressed. Yes, you read that right! I don’t know about you, but that sounds more like rape culture. Why is this even in a book for young teens?! SERIOUSLY?! Oh, and one of the wolves actually said “the younger the better”. So yes, the book is saying that the only reason these girls become victims is because of how they look, act, and dress. I HATE this. Young female readers should not be reading trash like that.
To make matters worse the book leaves Scarlett (the “less attractive” sister because of her scar) still hunting the big bag wolves all alone. There is no happy ending for her. She is just left traveling alone and her pretty sister ends up with her “happily ever after”.
So in the end this book was just wrong on so many levels. The way a girl acted or dressed was the only excuse the wolves needed to hurt and kill young girls. A girls looks are the thing that determines is she will meet the love of her life. And the last thing I felt this book said was “if you are different and aren’t pretty enough, your only option is to end up alone.” This book was infuriating for me. I expected so much from this book. I expected two sisters battling the big bad wolves who attacked their grandmother and ate her up. I expected strong females with a mind of their own. Instead, I got left wanting to set the book on fire.