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Young Adult Fiction 1730
Fairy Tale Retelling
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
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 ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?


~ From the back cover of SISTERS RED

Scarlett March is a vividly drawn, innately strong, and yet a flawed female heroine. She's fighting against the sorrows of her past, determined not to let them bleed into her future. She's tough on the outside, maybe a little scary even, but there's a whole mess of broken behind the outer facade. This makes her infinitely interesting. I know a companion novel to SISTERS RED, SWEETLY, is coming from Jackson Pearce next year, and I deeply hope we get to see Scarlett again.

Rosie March is fresh and full of hope, caught up in the blush of first love. She doesn't have the same haunting memories Scarlett does, and because of Scarlett's sacrifce, Rosie lives life physically unscathed.

But both girls are emotionally scarred, and their tenderness with each other is what makes this story stand out for me. It is a love story in a traditional sense, but it's largely a tribute to the transcendent love that can grow between sisters.

Add to that a hot woodsman, a twisty plot, some serious fight sequences and a breakneck speed, and you've got yourself five stars.

Way to go, Jackson Pearce.
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