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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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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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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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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 Modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks blog review) June 2 2010
By michelle - Published on
I was very excited to read this book because 1) I fell in love with the cover and 2) it was the first time I was going to read a modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I am happy to say that Sisters Red did not disappoint. I love the clean and simple prose of the author and the alternating first person point of view between the two sisters. I felt I really got to know their thoughts and feelings and was able to connect with both Rosie and Scarlett in a way I couldn't have if only one of the sisters are narrating.

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.]
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Who's afraid of the big bad wolves? May 16 2010
By Erika (Jawas Read, Too) - Published on
The story opens in a rural country cottage which could be anywhere in the world, but some place quaint where two young sisters feel safe enough to play in their yard alone--safe enough where a strange man walking up the path doesn't immediately send them running indoors, but merely alerts them to potential danger. These girls are smart, I thought. They're wary and right not to be so trusting of a man with strange big eyes, the better to... well, you know the rest.

That famous line, truthfully, sent a little shiver up my spine. It was a nod to the familiar tale, but from a man--not a wolf. Already the fairy tale is changing. Ah, but with the story there is also a woodsman, the male savior--the Knight In Shining Armor, in other words. But what if Little Red didn't need to be rescued, but rather, does the rescuing herself with the help of a friendly neighbor woodsman? He's not even a very reliable woodsman. Silas, we discover, abruptly left small town Georgia for San Francisco, leaving Scarlett and Rosie to wonder if he'd ever return. Not to mention, they had to hunt down werewolves by themselves. Rosie the Riveter would be proud.

To stress how she's reclaimed female competence, Pearce emphasizes the way Scarlett and Rosie lure their enemies to their deaths. The girls apply make-up and don their famous red cloaks--arming themselves for battle with an enemy weakened and drawn by pretty faces, swinging hips, and the color red. Scarlett and Rosie are fenris (werewolf) hunters. From a thematic standpoint, I was impressed with Sisters Red. The fairy tale has been re-imagined to empower females who then protect other females when males are not only unreliable, but become problematic themselves (or have the potential to--pun intended if you've read the book). Scarlett and Rosie are not pawns. On the contrary, they orchestrate their own future and manipulate their femininity rather than allowing others to take control. The March sisters are strong in this way, earning physical scars that remind us literally how much is lost and changed by losing innocence. In other ways, they left a lot to be desired.

Rosie and Scarlett are two very different girls. Scarlett is obsessed with hunting; Rosie isn't. She's also eager to lead what she believes is a "normal" teenage life. Her obligation to Scarlett causes inner turmoil for Rosie when her efforts begin interfering with the hunt. This sets Scarlett off on an angry crusade which begs the question: Can Scarlett rise above her obsession and predictable characterization? The short answer is: no. The long answer is: of course she forgives her sister for being "normal." I'd be shocked if she didn't. There is, however, little character growth for Scarlett (who merely learns to live without her sister, but continues life as before)--Rosie, as the most convincingly conflicted and adventurous of the two comes across as the bravest.

With Rosie we see a girl truly divided by two worlds and two lives: live like Scarlett or pioneer a new path. Rosie's struggle for balance was the most compelling part of the book. Her extracurriculars may come across as blasé at first, but not when we consider how hard she attempts to ameliorate her hobbies. There is a point where Scarlett is supposed to be torn by betrayal and abandonment, but her convictions were lukewarm at best. I had trouble identifying with her, especially when she was so quick to betray her own friend and just as quickly forgive and forget a couple of chapters later. But if I found Scarlett to be rash and predictable, I found Rosie to be far too giggly. That's a minor point that speaks more to my experience as a reader feeding into a book that is meant for a much younger audience.

As a YA book, I think it does well, if a little implausibly at times. I was curious why their fake stories brushed off Child Protective Services and nosy townsfolk for so long, but as with many YA books, adults are messy and get in the way: make them the enemy or be rid of them altogether. Teenagers, at least in fiction, can take care of themselves. That independence makes for a whimsical and dangerous mix of adventure that doesn't always work, but in this case, I think it does, if only just. The red cloak the sisters wore were also a bit ludicrous, especially when I realized they would not be hunting in some historically alternate German countryside where cloaks are commonplace. Wandering the streets of modern Atlanta with a red cloak would definitely draw my attention. How those two remain unnoticed for so long is beyond me. It was a cute salute, but too anachronistic. I could have done without it. The girls could have improvised with other red clothing to the same effect, I think.

In any event, Jackson Pearce does some very interesting and wonderful things with the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. She plays with responsibility and independence, empowering Little Red beyond needing male intervention. The girls can now choose their help (if needed) and that choice makes all the difference. There's also a lot of action in which Rosie and Scarlett prove they can fight just as well, if not better than, any boy. I'm not sure how the rest of the series will play out (other than the inevitable), but I'm curious to find out.
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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+
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