Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Publisher: Little, Brown
Hardcover, 324 pages 
Date Published: June 7, 2010

Description (Taken 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. 

Scarlett and Rosie March are two girls, two sisters, with one heart. They are each others world. They have been since their grandmother was slaughtered by a Fenris and Scarlett threw herself in its path to protect Rosie. Seven years later, they are still each others world, but Scarlett is damaged now. She devotes all her time and all her energy to hunting and killing the Fenris. Rosie can’t seem to muster the same devotion to the hunt, but she is mustering something for Scarlett’s best friend Silas. When the three leave their small town to hunt the Fenris in Atlanta, things begin to change for all of them. Their lives could forever by altered by what happens in Atlanta, in a month, under the moon.

Sisters Red looks like it has a lot to offer and it does not disappoint. The story starts off with a bang and an attack and doesn’t slow down too much. The chapters alternate POV’s between Scarlett, the determined, scarred, older sister and Rosie, the sweet, almost bubbly younger sister. Both girls are polar opposites of one another. Where Scarlett is all hard lines and grimaces, Rosie is softer and I could almost feel the life coming off of her. While completely different people, the girls are connected in a way that I can’t even describe. I suppose many sisters have a deep, seemingly unbreakable bond, but I don’t have a sister so I have nothing to compare this to. Pearce describes it as the girls being separate beings with one heart.
We have the same heart. Where I go, she goes, and where she goes, I go. ~ pg. 138
When they are together, hunting, they feel like one person because they are so entwined with one another. When Silas, the hunky woodsman, begins to take a shine to Rosie, that one heart begins to split.

The fight scenes in Sisters Red are action-packed and thrilling. Pearce makes the Fenris life-like and terrifying. Each fight scene had me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails. This is definitely not the Little Red Riding Hood from my childhood. This is fast-paced, dark and twisted. The wolves aren’t just going to eat you grandma, they’re going to rip you to shreds too. Scarlett, Rosie, and Silas go to Atlanta to make a difference killing the Fenris. Once they’re there, things begin to change and tension escalates. Silas and Rosie don’t want their entire lives to be wrapped around hunting, as Scarlett does. They begin to grow closer and in doing so, Rosie and Scarlett grow apart.

Scarlett has made it her life’s mission to protect others from the fate that she suffered at the teeth and claws of the wolves. I feel bad, and almost pity, Scarlett. At times, I found it difficult to even like her because of how angry and hurtful she can be. I can understand her feelings though. After the attack that left her with one eye, she has no desires but to hunt. Her entire life has become the hunt and that is truly a sad thing. Rosie still has the desire to live her life and to explore. She wants more than the hunt and wishes that Scarlett did as well. Their bond is the heart of Sisters Red. Their fight against the Fenris drives them to become individuals and to discover exactly who they are. The twist in the story is a bit predictable, but I still like the way Pearce went about it. Rosie and Scarlett grow stronger, in their own ways, and while it may be bittersweet, they grow up.

When I initially picked this book up, I expected it to take place in the early 1900’s or something. Instead, I was surprised by a present-day story with a creepy fairy tale twist. It’s exciting, scary, emotional, and heartwarming/heartbreaking in a way. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but I was pleased with the outcome.

Opening line (From prologue): Stranger never walk down this road, the sisters thought in unison as the man trudged toward them. ~ pg. 1
(From chapter 1): He’s following me. ~ pg. 9

Favorite lines: When we were little, Scarlett and I were utterly convinced that we’d originally been one person in our mother’s belly. We believed that somehow, half of us wanted to be born and half wanted to stay. So our heart had to be broken in two so that Scarlett could be born first, and then I finally braved the outside world a few years later. ~ pg. 46
 *This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.


Renae said...

Okay you have my attention! I have so many books to read already, but this one just jumped to the top of the list! The cover alone is gorgeous! Thanks!

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