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Monday, June 6, 2011

Book Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red (Sisters Red, #1)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  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?

My thoughts:  This book was a very different and dark version of Little Red Riding Hood.  I was hoping this book would blow me away and sadly, it did not.  I did enjoy it and it was a pretty fast read but it won't go on my top 10 list ever.

Scarlett was attacked when she was younger by a Fenris, a werewolf type creature, while saving her younger sister's life.  Now, 7 years later, it is Scarlett's passion to find and kill Fenris so they can't hurt other girls.  Like with so many other YA novels, there are no parents in this book.  Oma March (the girls' grandmother) was killed during the Fenris attack and the girls' mother has run off so it is just the 18 and 16 year old girls.  There is some explanation though as to why there is no CPS involved so at least it wasn't loose ends. 

I found Scarlett to be quite annoying with her obsession of killing Fenris.  It was an all-consuming obsession that left her thinking of no other life for herself but also no other life for her younger sister (whom she believes should hunt with Scarlett since Scarlett saved her life) and her partner and neighbor, Silas.  I thought she was selfish and just downright bratty at times. 

Rosie, is Scarlett's younger sister.  She feels greatly indebted to her sister for saving her life so long ago but also craves a real and "normal" life.  She is not content hunting Fenris day and night, year after year.  She also discovers she is in love with Silas but doesn't want to act on it due to Scarlett's feelings.

I really liked Rosie.  While she felt guilty for leaving her sister, she still went behind Scarlett's back and took classes at a community center and let her feelings for Silas grow.  She didn't let Scarlett hold her back and I'm am glad for that.  Otherwise I probably would have thrown the book out the window!

Silas is the neighbor boy.  His dad, Pa Reynolds, helped take care of the girls after Oma March died and so they have all grown up together.  Silas comes back from a vacation to help Scarlett hunt but also to do "normal" things.  He is also finding himself falling in love with Rosie and I loved to watch that whole romance unfold. 

I loved the description of the Fenris!  These were not your typical hot and sexy werewolves.  These were disgusting, soulless, scary creatures!  Nothing soft and cuddly here!  I also liked the twist at the end although I honestly knew it was coming almost right away.  A bit predictable but still a great twist all the same!

Overall, this is a decent book to read, especially if you like fairytale retellings but it wasn't anything I would want to buy to have forever. 

**Okay, blogger's picture uploading is not working so I would give this 3 out of 5 stars**

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