Release Date: June 7, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Review Source: 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 loved the feel of this book... it was set it modern times, yet sometimes I forgot, because the writing had a timeless fairytale quality to it. I really adored Rosie, and I almost wish the whole thing had been from her perspective. I felt for Scarlett at times, but I couldn't really connect with her. She was too hard and too driven to hunt in a way that I couldn't understand at all. I also wish we could have connected a bit more with Silas and his thoughts, since we only get to see him from the perspective of each girl. The themes in 'Sisters Red' reminded me a lot of the concept of the TV show Supernatural. There are two siblings who hunt supernatural creatures, one of whom is totally committed, and the other who is flirting with having a normal life, separate from hunting. There is also a similarity in how a small group of people (the hunters) know the truth about these creatures, and the rest of humanity (the ones who the hunters are trying to save) are in the dark.
I agree with some reviewers who felt the whole thing dragged on a bit... because despite a lot of fights occurring there wasn't a whole lot going on. I liked the twist at the end, although I saw it coming for miles, and I'm usually the worst person ever for guessing "whodunnit" or seeing things coming in books or movies. Despite these things, for a short while I did feel myself engaged with the book and its characters, and I really cared about what happened to Rosie and Silas. As I mentioned, I found it very hard to connect to Scarlett, and I didn't really like her much at all, but I still appreciated the bond between the two sisters. I think anyone who enjoys re-tellings of fairy tales and stories with themes of good versus evil involving the supernatural would like 'Sisters Red.'
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