First of all, let's talk about the cover. Slightly creepy, which totally fits the book, and totally stinkin' AWESOME!! Gorgeous.
Now the story. A dark, contemporary retelling of Red Riding Hood, this book focuses on the March sisters, their woodsman friend Silas, and the Fenris they hunt.
Fenris is an awkward word.
Scarlett is the older sister. Scarred from an attach when they were children, she is obsessed with hunting and continuing to protect Rosie.
Rosie is younger and beautiful. She barely remembers the attack that changed their lives and hunts out of obligation to her sister more than because she loves it.
Silas is the son of a woodsman, but actually finished high school rather than dropping out for a woodsman apprentice. Which is half of why his siblings won't speak to him. Which, as far as I'm concerned, means his siblings are idiots.
I really really wish I loved this book. I wanted to, but Scarlett bugged me, Rosie was mildly annoying, Silas felt less solid as a character (though that's probably more just because nothing is from his point of view. The narration trades off between the sisters.), and I wish there had been some more explanations about why they know about the Fenris to begin with.
The romance was a bit predictable and a little lame, as were parts of the major fight at the end. And I really didn't love the epilogue.
It wasn't terrible and maybe I'm overthinking it, but it just didn't quite click for me.
Stay-tuned for a discussion (here and across other participating blogs) on Thursday!
(Counts for the Support Your Local Library challenge)