Monday, March 29, 2010

Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: June 7, 2010
Genre: Young Adult
336 pages

Scarlet 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?
(Summary from amazon)

Sisters Red is a young adult fairy tale remake by Jackson Pearce. The prologue starts off right in the action and you quickly learn this to be a Little Red Riding Hood tale. Skip to the main story seven years later with Scarlet and Rosie March hunting Fenris. Fenris, werewolves, attacked them when they were younger, taking Scarlet's eye, and killing their grandmother. The girls also have help in the form of Silas Reynolds, who grew up in a family of woodsmen, and has became Scarlet's hunting partner until he left for a year to get away from it all.

Scarlet lives and breaths for the hunt. Nothing else matters for her, and she can't imagine how it could for anyone else. Rosie loves her sister above all else, so she hunts for her, though it isn't really what she wishes she could do. Part of her wants to live a somewhat normal life. Silas feels the same way. So it's no wonder that the two of them quickly form a bond, that's a new dynamic to the group.

This was my first fairy tale remake, and I'm happy with my choice of books. Though Scarlet's jealousy and refusal to understand others really irritated me several times, overall I enjoyed her character. Rosie was fabulous, and it was great seeing her realize how strong she was. Silas is my teenage self's kind of guy. The plot was rather predictable for the most part, but that didn't hinder the story. It just left me wondering how exactly things would unfold.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and all the Little Red Riding Hood references were fabulous! There were red capes, baskets, a cottage, a grandmother, woodsmen, axes, and wolves of course. These two girls in red, however, are not two girls I would recommend messing with unless you want a knife or dagger lodged in your chest.

Sisters Red comes out June 7, 2010. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon.

To learn more about Sister Red or Jackson Pearce, you can go here.

There are two companion books to Sisters Red in the works:
-Sweetly is a modernization of Hansel and Gretel. More details here.
-Fathomless is a modernization of The Little Mermaid.

*Received this ARC as a part of Book It Forward Tours.

1 comment:

elaing8 said...

I've been seeing this around.Its sounds like something I'd like to read.great review.