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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Release Date: June 7, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown
Age Group: Young Adult, more suited to older readers
Pages: 346


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 fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for.

Twenty-five-year-old Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless.

My Review:

Before reading this book I read a few reviews, all were indicating that this book was a modern retelling of the classic fairytale little red riding hood which sounded really interesting to me however this book really blew my mind I never expected it to go in the direction it did.

Sisters Red is told in two alternating points of views between Scarlett and Rosie March, two sisters whose love of each other is so strong. The start of the book begins seven years ago when Scarlett was attacked by a Fenris (basically a werewolf) while trying to save her sister, Rosie, leaving her with a missing eye and scars all over her body. From this moment both Scarlett and Rosie’s lives will never be the same, their eyes have been opened to a sinister new world. Seven years later we find that both sisters have dedicated their lives to saving other girls and women from a similar fate to Scarlett by actively hunting the Fenris, however in order to lure the Fenris the girls must act as bait wearing a red cape (apparently red attracts the Fenris) and strong perfume. Soon we are introduced to Silas who was once Scarlett’s hunting partner but left for a year to stay with his uncle in San Francisco. Scarlett saw this as Silas abandoning her and the hunt, she couldn’t understand how he could have a life that did not include hunting Fenris. Now Silas is back and rejoins the girls in their hunt. What follows is a thrilling and suspenseful story that kept me glued to the pages, I don’t want to give too much away but the final fight scene was intense, wow Jackson Pearce’s writing is amazing!

Both Scarlett and Rosie were such captivating characters with so much strength, I loved them both. Whilst the sisters fought together with the same goal, to kill the Fenris, they did it for two completely different reasons. Scarlett actually enjoyed hunting the Fenris it was like a life blood for her, when she wasn’t hunting she was restless and unhappy. Scarlett believed that because they knew of the Fenis’ existence they had a responsibility to hunt the Fenris, once you find out something exists you cannot simply ignore it. Whereas for Rosie hunting the Fenris was not all consuming, she still wanted to do other things, she waned to have a life apart from hunting, however she felt that she had a responsibility to fight because Scarlett saved her and when the two sisters fought together it brought them closer, their hearts becoming one. Towards the start of the novel I found myself not understanding Scarlett’s black and white view on fighting the Fenris, and felt sorry for Rosie because she was so torn between duty to her sister and living the life she really wanted to live, however I soon felt myself softening towards Scarlett because of what she has gone through. Whilst she is strong she has insecurities just like everyone, she is not made to steel. Of particular concern is Rosie leaving her because apart from hunting Rosie is all she has.

For all you romance lovers there was also a developing romance between Silas and Rosie. This was not a sudden romance it took time for the relationship to develop especially because Rosie was so torn between what Scarlett would think and what she wants. But Silas was patient, I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt Scarlett either. Silas was a great character who loved both sisters. He may have hunted with Scarlett but he was not as obsessed with the hunt as Scarlett was. I especially loved how Silas took the time with Rosie to show her that hunting is not everything and gave her the little push she needed in order to do something for herself.

I definitely recommend this book, it was full of suspense, intrigue and a bit of romance. The relationship between the sisters was so powerful and beautiful. I also enjoyed reading the characters develop especially Rosie who realized she could have a life other than hunting and Scarlett who also realized that she needed to let her sister go her own way.

I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, Sweetly, which is due to release next year. Fantastic book, well done Jackson Pearce.


Heather said...

Sounds like and interesting read. However, I don't think werewolves are going to be my thing.

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