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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 7th 2010
Buy it from: Book Depository (free shipping worldwide!)
Silver star (3.5/5 stars)
Synopsis: 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.

Review: Sisters Red was an intriguing paranormal mystery filled with a cast of engaging, dynamic characters. Pearce managed such an innovative twist on story of Little Red Riding Hood and turned it into an absorbing read with sinister wolves.

Pearce’s writing was remarkable and she portrayed Scarlett’s and Rosie’s relationship in a convincing light. I was initially doubtful of Rosie’s gratitude to Scarlett but the guilt she faced was enough to convince me. My favorite character would be Rosie as she was three-dimensional as compared to her sister. From her growing feelings for Silas to her guilt for occasionally going against her sister, they were all done in a very realistic voice. Scarlett, on the other hand, had only one goal and that was to kill all wolves. It wasn’t that I disliked her but she came off too artificial to me. I was hoping she’d have more of a personality. But I did like several chapters in her POV, especially in the beginning, which showed how her past deeply affected her.

The wolves were well done and literally sent chills down my back. I liked how Pearce would describe the wolf’s transformation, from an ordinary human to a ferocious wolf. Scarlett is a very ruthless person when it comes to the wolves and she would never let one escape. Be warned that the killings were gory but cleverly done.

Although the story started out action-packed, the plot started to get draggy in the middle of the book and Sisters Red was in danger of losing readers. Luckily, it wasn’t long until the pace quickly picked up. The ending was a bit of a let down as it happened too quickly and I was expecting a much bigger showdown and Pearce to surprise me. But no, I predicted the climax and the conclusion. Nevertheless, Sisters Red was a wholly satisfying read and good enough to be a standalone book (although Pearce has a sequel to it that is titled: Sweetly).

Review copy provided by publisher.