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?
Did not know if I would enjoy this book, but I did.
In some ways, the romance of this book is reminiscent of Quarantine: The Loners. You know. Smart, cool older sibling that doesn’t want their little kiddy to get in trouble. Annoying love/hate inducing younger sibling that crushes on the older “we’ve been friends forever” guy/girl that is crushing (or is being crushed on) by the (or on the) older sibling. It makes sense if you sort it all out.
And then there’s the Fenris. THANK YOU SO MUCH JACKSON PEARCE. I was silently praying that Pearce would not introduce some paranormal Fenris man who crushed on Scarlett or Rosie. Point is, he would’ve been the next Taylor Lautner or Keenan or whatever. This book could’ve been terrible in a lot of different ways. But it wasn’t.
If nothing else, I simply enjoyed Jackson Pearce’s writing style. For paranormal writing for me, Julie Kagawa and Anna Banks is where it’s at. If you can write like them, I’ll be interested in what you have to say. 99.9% chance. And even though Jackson Pearce doesn’t write like them, I still liked her writing a lot. The same way I liked Elizabeth Richards and Cassandra Clare. Even though they’re different, they really grew on me.
Characters though. I enjoyed Scarlett so much more than Rosie. At least, in THE LONERS, Will actually had a personality. Rosie feels like she’s just wading in the background for most of the book. Rosie felt like she would’ve done better in a Sarah Dessen book than in a Jackson Pearce story. She wasn’t neccesarily a bad character, she just paled in comparison to Scarlett.
But ah hah! That’s where the issue comes in.
Overall, Will is a better character than Rosie. In terms of where he stands in the story, the role he plays the younger brother, the ways he thinks and moves; he’s just better developed. But David never brought his younger brother up like Scarlett did.
David was unrequited. Not necessarily love, but in caring for his younger brother. Will was blinded by jealousy, but he did care about his brother. Because of that jealousy though, because of the setting they were in, because of the actions that were made and the person David had to become to lead the Loners, David wasn’t in any position to be able to be the person for Will that Scarlett was for Rosie. Scarlett loved Rosie. She was willing to die for Rosie. And Rosie owed Scarlett her life. Because of that bond between the two girls, Rosie was made a better character.
All in all, I did enjoy this story. I’m interested to see what else is in store for this series… 3,5 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 328
Series: Fairy Tail Retellings
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