6.09.2011

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown
Format: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 6.7.2010
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?

I have been itching to read this book for the past two months, so I was super excited when I won it on Twitter (thanks to Figment!). It came in the mail the very day after I finished another book, so there was nothing to do but pick it up and read.

The prologue immediately drew me in and had me interested in the story. Pearce took the story of Red Riding Hood, put it in a modern setting, and and it worked really well. I enjoyed starting off with such a strong beginning. I also liked the epilogue, although I know a lot of others didn't. It had a slight tragic feel to it, while remaining upbeat and showing hope...just like a Grimm fairy tale.

The world in Sisters Red is similar to ours, with the added addition of the bad kind of werewolves. Don't expect to find love with these guys; they are nasty minded and blood thirsty. Scarlett and a few other people in the story have learned how to identify these werewolves, lure them out, and kill them. There is a pretty cool prophecy element that added a lot to the plot, and a few other factors that made it an interesting story.

Throughout the story the chapters alternate between each sister. It was cool to be able to see the differences in both sisters, and see events from each of their points of views. This allowed me to better understand each of them and I ended up--not completely liking Scarlett, but feeling for her. And I don't think the reader is supposed to completely like her, either. After her traumatic first encounter with werewolves she lives for the hunt, and is a good example of a character who is driven by her past to the point of obsession.

The plot was a bit predictable. I guessed most of the events long before they happened. This wasn't too terrible, though, since I was still interested in the story, but I wish I had been more surprised with the it. I also wanted a little more character development, especially in regards to Silas, the love interest, who I never felt like I completely understood. I didn't understand some of the reasons behind him choosing the sister he chose, and I think I just needed a little more information about him.
    Overall, a fun and quick read with plenty of action and some nice romantic moments.


    Read this if:
    ...you want a different kind of werewolf story, you like fighting scenes, and you like characters with troubled pasts.

    Content Warning
    *This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
    Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
    {A few swear words, and some make out scenes.}

    3 comments:

    1. I so want to read this book, thanks so much for the review!

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    2. Ooooo, look at the purdy cover!

      *wants*

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    3. LIsa: You are welcome! I hope you get to read it. :)

      Laura: Thanks for stopping by!

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