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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 Reviews
"Lushly romantic ... Readers of Stephenie Meyer, Donna Jo Napoli, and Shannon Hale will enjoy the excitement, romance, supernatural elements, and fairy tale references."―Booklist
"This modern, urban interpretation...skillfully develops the unique voices of two strong heroines at a crossroads in their lives."―Horn Book
"Darkly powerful and razor-sharp."―Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, New York Times bestselling authors of Beautiful Creatures
"Unforgettable." ―Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of Evernight
"A captivating blend of sisterly devotion, new love, old secrets, and a vicious enemy."―Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth
"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 --This text refers to the Paperback 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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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.
The story began with the first attack that opened the young girls' eyes to the existence of the Fenris (aka werewolves). Not only did they lose their grandmother that day, but Scarlett (the older sister) also lost her right eye and gained a whole lot of scars marring her face defending her little sister Rosie. Fast forward years later, Scarlett's whole life is now hunting, luring and killing the Fenris. I was quick to side with Scarlett early in the book--as the older sister she is tough, loyal, independent and fiercely protective of Rosie. But as the story goes on, readers will see that she's also demanding, obsessive and a "my way or the highway" sort of person that you almost want to hate but then she shows her vulnerable side, her insecurities, her fears and she becomes this sympathetic character you really feel for. Then there's Rosie who is the opposite of Scarlett but an exceptional hunter herself. She wishes for a life besides the of hunting Fenris but feels obligated to her sister, who saved her life when they were younger, to stand by Scarlett's side. Rosie finds herself falling in love with Silas, a young woodsman and Scarlett's hunting partner and best friend but she knows this love can tear her and her sister apart. Rosie is a likable character and you root for her find the courage to step out of her sister's shadow and to live her life with her love.
This book is filled with tension, action and quite violent (lots of fighting scenes and blood!) but it's also filled with sisterly love and bond and friendship. I really like the whole idea of a "single, shared heart" between the sisters. There's actually a lot underlying themes to this book like finding your self identity, familial obligation and knowledge and responsibility which makes it an absorbing read. The romance between Rosie and Silas (who is a "nice guy" hero by the way) is really sweet and believable. The final battle scene and the ending was well-done with no loose ends which makes Sister's Red a satisfying read.
4.5 out of 5 stars [I received this book from the publisher for review.]
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 just...wow. 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+
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.