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Friday, August 20, 2010

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Published: June 2010
Source: The Library
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 fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for.

Twenty-five-year-old Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless.

I love fairytale retellings. Even though this one isn't obvious, it still has that magical quality that makes retellings so awesome. Little Red Riding Hood was never my favorite story, but I really, really liked this book! It gave the thinly veiled cautionary tale some edge. A lot of edge, actually.

Rosie and Scarlett are both really different, but they "share the same heart." Each of them would do anything for the other. Scarlett once saved the life of Rosie, something that Rosie thinks she has to live up to. That's why she hunts, even though it doesn't drive her the way it drives Scarlett. I connected more with Rosie, but it wasn't like I didn't connect at all with Scarlett. Scarlett was just more raw, where Rosie was soft.

There was a lot more action in this book than I was expecting. Quite a bit of gore as well. It was pretty awesome. After a while I felt that the hunting and fighting scenes got a little repetitive, but there was always something new to keep my interest. Something that I didn't really like was that I saw a major shocker WAY, WAY early. Like even before the characters had started to try and figure it out. I was happy to be right, but I kind of wish that I hadn't seen it coming.

Basically, this was an action packed, awesome retelling. I loved every second of it!

Characters: 9/10
Plot: 8/10
Originality: 10/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Overall: 45/50 A-
Cover comments: This cover is really cool! I hear that the UK version has shiny foil...that must be awesome!


  1. I really loved this, too. Definitely one of my favourites of 2010!

  2. I enjoyed this book a lot! Great review :)

  3. I just got this book - glad to see a good review for it.

  4. I agree that some of the fights were repetitive, but for some reason it didn't bother me. I think I loved it so much I saw nothing wrong with it until I thought about it afterwards. :-) Still, it's one of my favorites and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  5. This is on my to read list. Glad it got a great review :)

  6. I'm glad you liked this one! I started it, but never got past the first couple of pages, and since it's so good I need to get back to it!

  7. i need 2 read this one! love retellings :D


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