Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Series: Fairytale Retellings, #1
Genres: Fairy Tales, Retellings, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Little Brown (Imprint of Hachette)
Date Published: April 5th, 2011
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?
I picked up Sisters Red for a couple different reasons. First, I generally love fairy tale retellings and I was in the mood for one. But I also picked this up because Jackson Pearce is an absolutely hilarious woman. If you haven’t already, you really should check out her YouTube Channel and Twitter because she is just funny and sarcastic and it’s just great fun. So I thought I’d pick this up because if she has a great personality then hopefully that would show up in her writing and characters.
I think I was kind of hoping that this would have a bit more humor like her videos and tweets have, ya know? Not necessarily a laugh out loud comedy, but that one of the sisters would be this sarcastic badass chica or something. Unfortunately, there isn’t really humor or sarcasm in this like I was (I suppose unfairly) expecting.
Despite that, the relationship between the girls and their friend Silas was interesting to read about. I found Scarlett kind of hard to like sometimes though. She’s just this very hardened and scarred (both mentally and literally) person. Because of this, she has sort of a one track mind and cannot be swayed in any way. That was a bit tough to relate to. But Rosie was very sweet and Silas was a good guy.
The plot was interesting and at times it had some good action. The only problem with the plot though is that it was a bit predictable. I pretty much figured mostly everything out less than 50 pages into the book. Thankfully there were a few surprises, but I was kind of hoping I was wrong with my predictions the whole time, and unfortunately I wasn’t.
Overall, this was cute and an interesting take on the classic Red Riding Hood tale. I think it would’ve been cool if we could’ve gotten a better history of how the werewolves came about and such. I always like to hear the mythology behind these kinds of books. So that would’ve been cool. I also think it would’ve been nice if Jackson Pearce would’ve added a bit more of her own humor and sarcasm to the book since she has such a great personality. But this was still a cute read and if you’re a fan of werewolves, fairy tale retellings, and Red Riding Hood, then you’ll probably enjoy this.
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