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Jackson Pearce , Erin Moon , Michal Friedman , Suzanne Toren
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June 7 2010
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?

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* "This well-written, high-action adventure grabs readers and never lets go....A satisfying read with a fantastic cover." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

"Unfolds with steadily increasing tension and unexpected twists to a shocking climax...may well appeal to Melissa Marr's readers and teens who like their fantasy on the gritty side." -- Kirkus

"Lushly romantic ... Readers of Stephenie Meyer, Donna Jo Napoli, and Shannon Hale will enjoy the excitement, romance, supernatural elements, and fairy tale references." -- Booklist

"Fairy tales take a modern twist with this action-packed story of strong sisters, deadly wolves, and risky love." -Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

"Darkly powerful and razor-sharp, Jackson Pearce's voice cuts like an ax." -Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling authors of Beautiful Creatures

"Suspenseful, scary, and romantic, Sisters Red is unforgettable." -Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Evernight series

"If you love your romance hot, your bad guys downright dirty, and your heroines real enough to bleed, this is your book!" -Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of Hush, Hush

"Stunning; the cleverness of the mythology is equaled only by the heartstopping action. The characters become real-life friends that you never want to let go." -Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Captivate

"Sisters Red is a captivating blend of sisterly devotion, new love, old secrets, and a vicious enemy that threatens to rip everything apart." -Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

"Chock-full of re-imagined monsters, heroic girls, and a very delicious romance, Sisters Red is not to be missed!" -Michelle Zink, author of Prophecy of the Sisters

"Sisters Red really has it all: two strong female characters, a sweet romance, tender sisterly love, and nonstop action. . . . It's just plain amazing!" -Cyn Balog, author of Fairy Tale

"[Sisters Red is] a sweet and terrifying story I couldn't put down. I would like to apply for the role of March sister number three, please." -A. S. King, author of The Dust of 100 Dogs --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jackson Pearce is twenty-four years old and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her first novel, As You Wish, was published by HarperCollins in September 2009.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommended Oct. 18 2011
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
From the start, this book grabbed my attention. I loved the action fighting parts. Scarlett really knows how to kick some real serious Fenris butt. The descriptions of the Fenris is realistic and I like how they're portrayed as vicious feral creatures who can't seem to control themselves (which is the way how it should be!). The plot itself was really good and it certain did keep the pages turning. The characters were good although I'd have to say Scarlett is my favorite.

I liked her toughness. It's such a complete contrast to Rosie - and I have to admit I really didn't like Rosie (still don't) sure, Scarlett really did her best to protect her and that's probably why Rosie's got this air of vulnerability around her. (Although she can pull her own weight in a fight as well). However, there's just something about her I don't quite like. Maybe it's because she's just so sweet it gives you cavities reading about her. She gets a little better later in the book, but not enough to make me change my opinion. Another thing about her is her lovey dovey relationship makes you want to cringe. It's too sweet for my taste.

I also thought this was a great twist to the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. It certainly adds a more darker twist to it and like mentioned previously, the description of the Fenris and their society is really well done, and I hope there's more to it than just this book because it feels like this isn't going to be last we've heard from these sisters.

I most definitely recommend this. YA Readers will enjoy this, those with a like for urban fantasy or a twist on Fairy Tales will also appreciate this. It's a great read and you'll be done in no time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too May 21 2010
If you're a giggly, attractive young girl, then the last thing you should do is talk to that guy outside the club who's cute and is paying so much attention to you. What you should do is get into a very large crowd of people and don't leave with anyone, but to Scarlett March's dismay, the world doesn't work that way. Scarlett vows to protect her sister, Rosie, and the rest of the world from the dangers that lurk around every corner, and in every shadow...Fenris.

Scarlett has not only vowed to protect their small town and large cities from the Fenris, but she's also vowed revenge on the Fenris that took her eye, while she was protecting her sister when they were kids. With Scarlett armed with a hatchet and Rosie with her knives, the girls use bright red cloaks and their feminine charm to lure and destroy any and all wolves who take a step into their small town.

Rosie has always stood by her sister; she's always had a bond that made them seem more like one heart, one soul, and not two separate people. But now, Rosie is starting to want more out of life than hunting Fenris. When Silas, a young woodsman and their lifelong friend, returns to town, Rosie is drawn to him in a way she never thought possible. The problem with that is, if she falls in love with Silas, it means she's betraying her sister and going against everything they've spent their lives fighting for.

When I got my hands on SISTERS RED, I couldn't wait to tear into it because I just knew I was going to love it - but a couple of chapters in I found myself terrified of it. A few chapters later, I decided I could love it and be terrified of it at the same time, and that's how I felt the entire book through.
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3.0 out of 5 stars werewolves, sisters, and odd choices March 24 2011
By Mara E. - Published on
The premise of Sisters Red is fabulous. This is Little Red Riding Hood modernized as two girls hunting down ravenous, girl-eating werewolves. What isn't to love about this? Besides the fact that I think it's incredibly ridiculous for people to wear cloaks in today's society (what is wrong with blood red hoodies? certainly those would have done the job and been less conspicuous?), I love modernized fairy tales and the first few chapters of the book don't disappoint. It's bloody and violent and the characters have some personality. Vim. Vigor. Whatever you want to call it.

Until they didn't.

Scarlett is the eighteen-year-old older sister, scarred from a werewolf attack that left her without an eye and a serious chip on her shoulder. Rosie is the sixteen-year-old sister, a hunter in training whom Scarlett loathes to let out of her sight, for good reason since Rosie seems to forget her weapons half the time or takes ill-timed walks in the woods. Silas, the 21-year-old love interest, has his moments, but really where this book starts to stumble all over itself is when Silas and Rosie start making eyes at each other while Scarlett is over there sharpening her weapons whilst looking down her nose at the girls (glittery "dragonflies," as she calls them) she's putting her life on hold in order to save.

I get Scarlett's anger, and her unrestrained jealousy toward girls who have the gumption to act however they want. Although, there are some scenes that do, in fact, read like she'd rather just slice a few girls up to teach them a lesson about where they can and can't go, or do, or be and this left such a sour taste in my mouth that I felt nothing for her. The scene in which she's "too late" to save a girl is particularly damning. Silas's eventual victim blaming takes the attitude the three have for those they're trying to save to a new level (those girls wouldn't dress the way they do if they knew werewolves were out to eat their hearts...surely! just why is it that people keep manufacturing short skirts, anyway? or make-up. or low cut blouses. or high heels. or perfume. or clothes.) It left me wondering...why the hell do they even care? Why are they so desperately putting their lives on hold to help people they seem to have such a low disregard of? Half the time, Silas and Rosie would rather be taking dance classes and Scarlett seems to literally hate everyone around her. What is the point? Why don't they just get jobs and hunt for sport?

Which brings me to the plot. Rosie and Scarlett drop out of school and are unemployed because hunting werewolves is apparently a full-time enterprise. I fail to see how this even works. Moreover, their quest to find the werewolf "potential" is convoluted, at best, and the whole concept of the potential doesn't seem to work. If the wolves can smell, or otherwise somehow figure out where the potential is, and he's basically one bowling alley down from them, shouldn't the wolves, who are specifically out looking for him have managed to kind of figure out he's eight feet from them? This little plot point is also tritely dealt with, and made me roll my eyes. How...convenient. That is exactly what I thought upon the end.

And the love story. Sixteen-year-old girl, with no resources to speak of other than a supposedly handy knife throwing technique, and a 21-year-old man. Very little time is spent on the age difference here, which disappointed me. Rosie could, at times, be a surprising character in that she manages to save herself instead of crumpling into a ball and waiting for the cavalry to save her, but otherwise her character seemed wasted on the love story. Scarlett, just in general, I disliked.

That all said, I thought the writing was far superior to many other recent young adult books I've come across recently. The bond between the sisters, while melodramatic, was touching. It should have been the component that helped ease the path of the love story, but ultimately Scarlett's demands were too much (seriously, who forces your sister into a lifetime debt because you saved her life when you were eight?) and Rosie's rebellion was a little too hilarious to take seriously (community dance lessons! OMG you can't learn how to tango, we need to hunt werewolves!).

And don't worry. In the end, kids, you'll learn that you actually can't have it both ways. It's either tango or kill monsters. Take your pick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want more from Jackson Pearce! Oct. 28 2012
By Princess Deb - Published on
Oh. My. Goodness. This book was so flipping fantastic! I don't think I have words that can adequately describe my feeling!

I think my favorite part of Sisters Red was seeing how the sisters interacted with each other. There aren't many sibling duos out there is YA lit, and those I have found seemed to despise each other, so I was happy to find some sisters who actually kind of got along (most of the time) and worked together. It was also interesting to have the dual narrations, and seeing how one sister would perceive the other, and vise versa.

Even those who don't like paranormal (like me) will be blown away by the plot. It was fast-paced, full of surprises, and hinted at it's Red Riding Hood roots, while being very much it's own story. Some parts were a tad predictable, but so mind-blowing I didn't care.

The history behind the Fenris was fascinating, and it was interesting seeing which parts were influenced by mythology and what was solely the author's imagination. Without giving too much away, I want to say that I think that the way the one becomes a Fenris was genius, and it was so cool seeing how they went about solving that mystery.

The writing was So deliciously wonderful I can't even come up with the right words. I couldn't get enough of it! Luckily, she has more books. I can't wait for more from Jackson Pearce!

CONTENT WARNING *Beware of minor spoilers!*

Language: Moderate (Multiple d*** g** etc... (if there were "badder" words, I quickly forgot them) )
Sensuality: Moderate (Rosie has a difficult relationship with Silas. Rosie takes an art class which includes a nude male model. )
Violence: Heavy (Well, they're werewolf hunters. What do you expect? Lots of blood and gore. Scarlett's eye was ripped out as a child. Rosie is frequently used as bait for the Fenris. Lots of especially violent stuff near the end. )

Recommended age: 15+
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea not enough execution March 15 2012
By Tabitha @ Not Yet Read - Published on
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2.5 if that
I was more excited to read this book than I was while reading it. It started out great but then it fell short in so many areas that I was pretty agitated by the end.

I do like the glimpses into Lett's feelings when you definitely see her battling with herself. I felt the book was a bit repetitive in how Lett and Rosie kept justifying to themselves why they had to fight for one reason or the other.

The sisterly love was great and I loved the idea of the one heart split between the sisters.

I didn't feel like they built up the romance between Rosie and Silas well enough to make me really think there was a reason there for the romance other than just physical attraction. I mean come on - give me something more to dig into..and onto the underage girl with 21 year old guy. I personally really don't care - but I know this will likely catch a lot of flack. The reality is - this really does happen all the time.

Quick list of things that bugged me, the classes she took (really?), the red capes ( modern fairy tale - this seems out of place), the money (no way could they survive on only pawning stuff), oh and did I mention the insta-love...yeah I guess I did. Ok, so even with all that - I thought Jackson Pearce does show definite potential to someday write books I will read - so I'm open to reading more, I hope I'm not being too harsh.

However, the last third of the book was so obvious I just wanted it to be done. I am sad that I didn't like it more. I really would want to read the next book Sweetly because I really try to give new authors a chance but now I don't think I will unless I win a copy or check it out from the library - but its so low on my list that the chances of that are slim to nil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new take on Red Riding Hood Jan. 30 2011
By Laura R. - Published on
Scarlett and Rosie March are hunters. They eat, sleep, and breath hunting. We're not talking about rabbits & ducks; these girls hunt Fenris, wolves. These monsters take on men's forms to lure in young girls who they devour. After a horrific Fenris attack that left Scarlett horribly scarred with an eye patch & their grandmother dead, the girls began training with the Pa Reynolds, their neighborhood woodsmen. Growing up with Pa Reynolds's son Silas, the girls do their duty to protect their homeland.

When another wolf ambles by looking for the Potential, all three teen's senses are on alert. They decide to move to the city in search of better luck tracking the Potential & taking down the wolf population in the process. But Rosie isn't really in to it all. Silas, who has just returned from a year long hiatus in San Francisco, can see it in her eyes and encourages her to explore other activities. Rosie discovers that not only does she enjoy these other activities, but she actually has an aptitude for something besides throwing daggers. Scarlett is determined to put a stop to the turning of the Potential. Silas is torn between his heart's desire & his duty.

One thing is for sure, none of these three will ever be the same & the Fenris don't stand a chance against them united.

This was an interesting twist on the Little Red Riding Hood tale. This time though, Little Red Riding Hood doesn't necessarily need the woodsman to save her. These girls are tough and determined. They are presented as two parts of the same heart which is very understandable given their traumatic experience as children. Put together they really would make a dynamic person, but as two individuals they can't possibly remain together forever. Silas really is just there to throw hormones into the mix. I feel like he didn't really add much to the story other than being a catalyst for Rosie & acting as eye candy.

The Fenris were an interesting group. They really were wolf-possessed men with no souls instead of a traditional werewolf. That was an unexpected element as it made the Little Red Riding Hood background make more sense. I really liked the mythology behind the Potential and how the wolves sought him & found it quite enchanting.

Jackson Pearce is really onto something with this kind of storyline and I look forward to her future works as they seem to be heading down the fables & fairy tales path.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars. SO, SO good! Jackson, your awesome! Nov. 7 2010
By V Heartstring (Atlas Deen) - Published on
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I don't know why I kept holding off on buying this book, I guess it was because I bought and read AS You Wish, also by Jackson and didn't really care for it. But this book is great. No, seriously, really, really great! Rosie and Scarlett are fully fleshed and realized characters with real emotions and minds. Their realtionship is beautiful and well written and all of their actions are spot on. This book reminded me of Buffy, especially with the 'Potentials', though instead of kicking vamp ass, they destroy werewolves or I should say, Fenris. Though at times (1 or 3) its predictable, I was never disappointed. Jeez, I really like this book and can not wait for the sequels SWEETLY, FATHOMLESS and whatever comes next!!! Also, the Romance was near perfection.
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