Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Sisters Red By Jackson Pearce

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 a blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.
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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 axe - but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for.
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Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless.
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Sisters Red is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood but also a continuation of the story. In this story, the big bad wolves are known as the Fenris and can look like your average human being until they can't hold back their hunger and end up turning into savage wolves. However Scarlett has a knack of spotting Fenris even when they still appear to be human. Scarlett and her sister Rosie are left to defend themselves when an attack occurs, leaving their Grandma dead, Scarlett marred, and the sisters all alone. Scarlett ends up taking it upon herseld to rid the world of as many werewolves as she can.
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Scarlett as a character appears fearless and ruthless when it comes to the Fenris. She's got this power that keeps pushing her. It's almost as if she has this hunger inside for death and savagery like the Fenris, but in her case it's the need to protect the innocent not to destroy it. Rosie, unlike Scarlett, doesn't have a clear goal. She feels obligated to hunt the Fenris because that's what Scarlett wants and she feels guilty not wanting the same because of how Scarlett saved her life and took the brunt of the attack from the Fenris when they were younger. Also, the romance between Rosie and their friend, Silas, was really sweet and endearing.
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I think Jackson Pearce did a good job with recreating werewolves. They came across as frightening and cunning. Pearce's writing was smooth and easy to read and at times completley absorbing. The actions scenes were fantastic and kept me on the edge of my seat and there were even a few violent and grizzly scenes. She also managed to capture the bond between sisters really well. How they may want completely different things and lifestyles, yet they don't want to be apart and still want what's best for each other in the end.
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I really enjoyed Sisters Red even if I did see the twist coming. It was a fresh take on a classic fairy tale. I hear there is going to be a companion novel to Sisters Red, but with this one based on Hansel and Gretel. I can't wait!
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Random Passage: Would I trade that in, give it away for the hunt? I stumble down the stairs of a subway. No. I couldn't trade it in again. Not now that I know what it is to be loved. Not now that I've stepped out of the cave and into the sun.

1 comment:

mummazappa said...

I would like to read this one, it's on my list!