Wednesday, March 17, 2010

YA review: 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 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. (simmary from Amazon)

My thoughts...I have gotten in the habit lately of NOT reading the book summary for fear of spoilers.  So I went into this knowing the cover is brilliant and the author is bubbling with personality, a bit risky I know.  The prologue, which quickly reveals this is a sort of Little Red Riding Hood tale, instantly sets me on the edge of my seat, chewing on my lip.  It is scary, edgy and intense-and that's just the prologue. 

The actual story starts years later, when the March sisters, Scarlett and Rosie live in a small cottage where they live as hunters.  They search for and destroy the creatures that destroyed their former lives and their innocence.  We also meet Silas, the young woodsman who lives up the road.  His fate has let him on a similar path, although it is clear early on he does not embrace his fate like Scarlett March does.  I felt that all of the characters were brilliantly written.  I could sympathize with each of the March sisters and their unique situations. 

I have to admit once I discovered this was a fairy tale remake, I was a bit concerned.  Fortunately, there was no reason for concern.  Sisters Red takes some of the themes from Little Red and uses them to create a very exciting paranormal tale.  The story is full of suspense, the kind where you want to warn the characters to "turn around" or "don't talk to them".  Aside from the action, this blooms into a love story, a bittersweet one.  I found myself torn between heart and head, wanting peace for all the characters involved.  I did find the twist a bit predictable, but this just allowed me to enjoy the details of the story more.  It actually built my anticipation, waiting to see how things would unfold. 

Overall, this is a wonderful book for fans of YA of any age.  I did not notice an abundance of foul language or sexual situations (just some mild kissing).  The book is rated ages 15 and up, I imagine due to the violence.  Some of the scenes are pretty grizzly.  For my first fairy tale retelling, this one set the bar pretty high!

Cover LOVE?  Just now, I realize the wolf's face in the picture.  All I noticed before was the two sisters.  Brilliant.  This is one of my favorite covers. 

For more information about Jackson Pearce and her books, visit her on her website
Sisters Red will not be available until June 7, 2010, but you can preoreder your copy from Amazon

*I received this arc through Around The World Tours.


Juju at Tales of said...

Great review. I like tales with sisters. I may need to check this one out. Thanks :)

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SciFiGuy said...

I keep hearing good things about her books but haven't any in my TBR stack yet. Guess I need to correct that.

Maria the Bookworm said...

This book looks interesting :) Nice review!

ninefly said...

I've been following Jackson Pearce's blog posts and youtube and I'm so glad her book is as awesome as herself =D
thanks for the review!

J.T. Oldfield said...

Thanks for reviewing this. It was the weirdest thing but yesterday I was trying and trying to think of the name of this book and couldn't when I was reviewing Fables. I looked on Amazon under some other fairy tale remakes to see if people who bought those had bought this one, but just a picture to go on made it hard. And I agree w/ you--the cover is awesome!

Book Monster said...

Ooh this looks good. Amazing , detailed review :)

GABY said...

Wow, I didn't expect this book to be so cool.

And the cover is amazing, with the wolf on it (if you didn't tell me, I would't have see it)

Sa Toya said...

Glad to see another rave review because I really WANT THIS ONE!

Nice blog btw!

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