Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Publication date: June 7th 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Number of pages: 328
Series: Fairytale Retellings (1#)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retellings
Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.
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?
A much-loved childhood fairytale reimagined…into something better.
Just when you think you know and love the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, there comes Sisters Red. Forget cowering Little Red, when you have Rosie and Scarlett, who take care of their own wolfy problems. No woodsman here…oh wait. There is. Silas only made the story better.
Jackson Pearce seems to be a fantastic author and she doesn’t shy away from the detail, which was great and what the story needed. She knows just how to describe the bloodier scenes and catch the readers in her twisted net of fairytale retellings. And I’m not complaining one little bit. I especially liked all the tie-ins with the fairytale in the beginning.
I thought the whole idea for the story was cool. Pearce took the fairytale and twisted it into an epic fantasy story: two girls after revenge on the wolves after their grandmother was killed, with a little help from the woodsman of course. The Fenris (wolves) were described very well and the girls would lure them in before swiftly taking them out.
I found it very difficult to switch between character POVs because I didn’t think there was that much difference between the way Rosie and Scarlett thought and therefore I had to wait until they said the other one’s name. This happened to me pretty much every time.
It took me a long time to read Sisters Red. Usually I’m finished with a book 2-3 days after starting it but I almost DNF’d twice – I put it down after about thirty pages the first time and then I restarted it again. Technically it only took me three days but one of those days was on the weekend and I initially really wasn’t excited to read. That definitely changed, though. Once I got into it, I couldn’t stop.
I really liked Pearce’s writing, it was quite pretty and really reminded me of that of a fairytale. For example, here’s a quote I liked: “Strange how seeing the light can make a person feel so alone in the darkness.” – pg 165
I thought the epilogue was especially pretty and I was very content with the ending. In that sense, it’s very like a standalone – but then there’s of course the rest of the series.
I will definitely be continuing the rest of the series and think that anyone remotely interested in fairytale retellings should probably check this out! I really enjoyed it and if you’re thinking about DNF’ing it, stick it out.
Bye, bye Earth! Out of this world!
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Goodreads author bio:
Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy and currently works for a software company even though she auditioned for the circus (she juggled and twirled fire batons, but they still didn’t want her). Other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.
Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.