April 29, 2010

Sisters Red (Jackson Pearce) Review

Book received from Book It Forward hosted by Dark Faerie Tales

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 7, 2010)
Hardcover: 336 pages
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. (Source)
SISTERS RED, by Jackson Pearce, is a modern version of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. Two sisters are on a mission to destroy the threat of Fenris werewolves, but will love and the lust for a life outside the Fenris tear them apart?

This story was incredible. The action and tension pulled me in from the beginning and it did not stop until the very end. I liked the differing viewpoints of the March sisters. I immediately sided with Scarlett because she was loyal, strong, and independent and would do anything to protect her sister. Rosie was strong as well, but she had more of a free-spirit that took her to a life beyond hunting the Fenris. Scarlett was very straight forward in her goals and always spoke the truth. Rosie held a lot back from herself and Scarlett which created suspense and tension between the sisters. I loved the idea of 'one heart' between these sisters. It was incredibly sweet that in all situations, good or bad, these two always shared their heart with each other, and that made them an awe-inspiring pair.

I really liked Silas. He was the rock for Scarlett and the inspirational nudge for Rosie. He loved both these sisters but wanted each of them to find their own in the big bad world.

Throughout this book I felt the need for these sisters to enjoy their lives no matter what path they chose. Scarlett's passion was the hunt and Rosie's passion was anything but. Their unselfish natures got the best of them when it came down to being truly happy with themselves. Silas became the middleman and coaxed these sisters to find and stick with their passion.

The action in this book was epic. I loved how these girls became the 'bait' for the Fenris then killed them.  The climactic fight for the Potential was nail-biting. Pearce created amazing visuals that pulled me right into the action. I liked the subtle similarities of 'Little Red Riding Hood' with the red cloaks and the hatchets (the hunter originally used it to save Riding Hood and her grandmother), this added a bit of nostalgia for the childhood classic. Overall this book was fantastic. It made me laugh, cry, and think about life and how every moment is precious, so enjoy it!

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