Sunday, June 30, 2013
Hardcover 328 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
seriesFairytale Retellings #1
Rating 3 (2.6)
From Barnes & Noble:
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?
It feels good to be back. Things have been hectic lately but I have a review so let's get on with it. I liked the story. It is different enough to keep you reading and familiar enough that you don't lose sight of what story is being retold. The faniliar elements are the red cape, grandma, the woodsman, and the wolf. The wolf even repeats one of the lines of "the better to see you with". The new elements is that Red Riding Hood has a sister, they are wolf hunters, and there's a romance.
The original fairy tale is pretty dark; this one is no exception. The book is very sexual in nature from the reason the wolves chooses their victims to the romance between Rosie and Silas. Speaking of the romance between the two I am surprised by it. The age difference is technically statutory rape. I know other people have issues with the blame the victim aspects of the story (girls who are pretty and dress seductively are asking for it) but for me this was the surprising part of the story for me.
All in all, it's a good fast paced story that will keep you interested to the very end.
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I wasn't sure if I was going to like this. 'Great, another YA school paranormal trilogy' is what I was thinking to myself. I ended up like this though. Sophie does yet another spell that goes wrong. This time it lands her in a paranormal boarding school called Hecate Hall. From the moment she set foot on the island her life as she knows it changes. Never having met anyone else like herself, she is now surrounding by witches, shape-shifters, faeries, and a vampire. Throughout the school year she learns about her family and those who want to destroy people like her.
The story never stops in Hex Hall. I enjoyed getting to know the characters. Lately I haven't been connecting with the lead characters of these types of books. Sophie is a character that I could relate to. She isn't the type to sit around pining for friends who don't want to be friends with her. Though she has a crush, she is not obsessed over him. She is witty in the way she see the world around her.
Fast paced and interesting to read the only thing you can really say negative about this book is that it's not all that original. But hey, there are only so many story-lines to go around. What is important is that the characters are relate-able, the story is interesting, and there is no lagging in the read. Looking forward to reading book 2 Demon Glass
Trivia Question: What is on this cover that shouldn't be?
Hint: Sophie says the answer by name
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