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.
This is a engrossing and totally original book: a completely new take on werewolves which I found to be quite refreshing. Jackson Pearce writing style is elegant and flows easily from one idea to the next, allowing her reader to imagine a wonderfully descriptive world and realistic characters. Rosie and Scarlett themselves are written very well as two sisters that both want different things, but still feel the need to always stick together no matter what. Scarlett especially intrigued me with her seeming fearlessness and scarred face she earned when protecting her younger sister from the Fenris, and Rosie possess a fierce loyalty to Scarlett she feels she must have to repay the debt of her sister saving her life. Both girls are tough and determined with a special connection that only siblings can have. The romance between Rosie and Silas, the girl's hunter partner slash best- friend, was sweet, yet not earth- shattering and all- consuming like some novel's are-- an aspect I find that gets a bit old after a while.
The plot moved along quickly, building up the tension and surprising it's readers with unexpected twists. The ending, which unfolded seamlessly, didn't really shock me, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. A symbolic story told by the girl's grandmother gracefully interwove a deeper meaning into the overall plot line, and really makes the reader think about its meaning. And the Fenris themselves were positively creepy the way they stalked out all the defenseless girls in the dark and corner them. I found myself holding my breath during all the violent fight scenes, hoping Rosie and Scarlett and Silas would manage to get out of there alive. Overall, a gritty urban fantasy that will satisfy picky readers and enthrall fans of fairy tale retellings.
About the Author: Jackson Pearce is twenty-six years old and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn’t make it; other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist. In addition, Jackson coaches both colorguard and winterguard at a local high school. Here are some more fun and totally random facts about this adorable author!