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.
The whole story comes together with the chapters both being told by Scarlett and Rosie. I could read it over and over and never get board. With small clues along the way to reveal the conclusion towards the end you have to pay attention. You can instantly see the links with it and Little Red Riding Hood but you can tell that this isn't your normal fairy tale either.
There are a lot of werewolf stories out there... but this is something else. Sisters Red is a fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The chapters alternate between the two main character’s points of view. These two characters—Scarlett and Rosie March hunt creatures called Fenris (i.e. werewolves).
Both of these sisters are portrayed beautifully, with each one having their own unique voice. The older sister Scarlett is the harsher, tougher sister. She believes strongly in the hunt and because of their past takes it very personally. Her main reason for hunting is revenge.
Rosie on the other hand is the softer, gentler sister. She doesn’t like hunting as much, and cares more about her sister and their good friend Silas. Her main reason for hunting is guilt. Even though these two are very different, both of their actions get influenced heavily by how it will affect their sister. They also share a mutual interest towards Silas. How they react to their feeling, and act on them is just as interesting and unique as the way these two girls balance each other perfectly.
Jackson Pearce did a beautiful job painting her characters in this story, and giving them dimension. The balance of action to romance is just as perfect as her portrayal of Scarlett and Rosie. You won’t want to put it down.
The next most impressive thing is the idea and writing style of this story. The idea of turning around a fairy tale and turning it into a paranormal romance kind of story really blew me away. This version of Little Red Riding Hood is one that you've never read before. In the prologue the wolf makes its first appearance and the girls, Scarlett and Rosie, both narrowly escape and their grandmother dies. In the next seven years, the girls are hunters and there is a friend of theirs who returns from visiting his siblings. Its Silas, who happens to be the woodsman. They go on fighting these werewolves looking for the Potential (can't elaborate without spoilers, so I'll just leave it at that.) until the relationship of the three of them is tested when Rosie and Silas fall for each other.
I also liked the use of fairy tales. For example, the setting was modern day Atlanta but it was also a fairy tale world that only a handful of people knew about. Then there was the mentioning of the other fairy tales, like Scarlett saying Rosie looked like Sleeping Beauty while she slept. And I liked the fact that she stayed so true to the original Little Red Riding Hood. All the characters were there; the wolf was even saying "The better to see you with my dear." I thought that was pretty cool.
However, there were a few things that didn't impress me as much. For instance, when the romance came into play it was a kind of insta-love. Also, when the plot twist came in, she knew it instantly. Like there was no thinking about it, guessing, or anything it was like BINGO! I guess what I'm saying, is there were no surprises. I always knew what was coming.
I also didn't like the characters. Rosie was too afraid to stand up to her sister and do whatever she wanted to do. Granted her sister saved her life, but she doesn't have to spend the rest of her life doing whatever it is that she wants her to do. Where does that leave you to be happy? Then there was Scarlett... I definitely didn't like her because she was too obsessed with the hunt. Although she may have a reason to (i.e. the scars and eyepatch), the things she was doing was way tooooo much. She didn't give her sister or Silas a chance at having a life. She wanted them to be just as unhappy as she was. I understand why she was the way she was, but I also didn't like the fact that she wasn't listening to their side. Only complaining about why they weren't on hers.
Lastly, I didn't like the plot the entire time either. I kind of felt like there wasn't much going on. Don't get me wrong, the scenes where Scarlett, Silas, and Rosie are fighting are soooooo cooooolll, and there was alot of kick ass moments and bloodshed, but other than that I was like "........Oooookkkkkk.... What's next?" It seemed a little boring in the middle. I seemed to only like the story when there were Fenris around. Then when the romance came up, it was like all Rosie could think about. I understand that you like him, but he should NOT be your only concern.
Overall, it was a good read. I definitely like the era of fairy tale retellings, and this one didn't disappoint!
I freaking LOVED the idea behind this one. Of course, I'm always super excited about anything purporting to be a fairy tale retelling. That's definitely one of my favorite genres of literature. However, there are also a lot of horrendously bad, or at leas unoriginal, fairy tale retellings out there. Sisters Red is gloriously new to me. I loved the idea of red riding hood luring the wolf to his doom, rather than the other way around; that's such a wonderful spin on the tale.
The fairy tale told here definitely hearkens back to the origins of fairy tales, not to Disney's reworkings. If you like the perkiness of the Disney tales, this may not be your cup of tea. The Grimm's fairy tales for example include much more bloodshed, like the evil stepsisters getting their eyes pecked out at Cinderella's wedding as they perform their bridesmaid duties. Jackson Pearce has written a dark, lush, violent fairy tale. Scarlett, for example, is missing an eye and wears an eye patch. Sweet YA paranormal romance this is not, and I like it all the better for that.
As I've mentioned before, writing multiple first person perspectives can be very tricky to get right. Often, the characters come out sounding exactly the same. Scarlett and Rosie have some similarities (they're sisters and very close), but there was no point where I couldn't tell whose chapter I was in. Their narration is different; Scarlett is sharp, predatory and jaded, while Rosie is soft, sweet and hopeful.
Sisters Red has also given me a new ship. I completely adore Rosie and Silas. He's a bit old for her, but he's also an old family friend and a woodsman/hunter. At the beginning of the book, he has just come back to their small Georgia town from a long trip. Before he left, Rosie was still a child, but, now, they are both different people, suddenly attracted to one another where they were not before. The awkwardness of their trying to handle this change is so completely real; I could feel tentative butterflies for them. That whole romance line I want to give two thumps up and a big goofy grin to.
My one issue with the book is a seeming inconsistency that I noticed. I sort of saw the big plot twist coming. In fact, I would have been wholly unsurprised by it, had I not convinced myself that I must be wrong about that since what I was expecting couldn't be the case because of something that happened early on. In other words, they're trying to prevent a particular event, but, so far as I can tell, that event occurred near the beginning of the book. There may be something to explain that, and I do intend to ask Jackson about it, but, for now, it's going to skew my rating down to a 4. Sorry if that whole paragraph didn't make sense, but it was the best I could do without spoilers!
That last thing aside, I devoured this novel like a Fenris devours tasty lady flesh. Okay, that was too much, but I'm rolling with it. I urge those who love fairy tales and incredibly strong ladies to go pick this book up pronto. It is as awesome as this cover; I promise.
Gore defenitely satisfies.
Enough humor that you won't have a heart attack while reading.
Scarlette and Rosie are sisters. When they were younger they got attacked by a Fenris (werewolf), and the attack left Scarlette covered in horible scares (except over her heart). During the attack their grandma, Oma March, was killed by the Fenris.
They lived by theirselves, leaving Scarlette to raise Rosie by herself since their mother ran off. They now have to spend the rest of their lives hunting down the Fenris and making sure no one gets killed agian because of them.
The Fenris population is increasing and the girls, plus Silas (there family friend) must go to Atlanta to hunt. They then learn about "The Potential", a fledling Fenris. Now they must save the boy and protect themselves.
So, I rate this book 4.5/5. I didn't find the characters whiny at all (which was nice). I really liked Rosie's character, she was strong and independent. Scarlette is a very strong female character, she saved her sister from the attack. Silas is also a strong male character, he is the youngest of nine children.
The writing was very easy to read and understand. I actually enjoyed the writing style. I was glad to read something that had a writing style that was the way we talk, not something that included a lot of sarcasm that people hardly ever use.
I definitly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good romance, werewolf, or a book with strong female characters!
This was a gripping, dark, fully enjoyable read. Pierce turns a common
fairy tale into pure bloody awesomeness with her wonderful writing and
alternating points of view. It's not a re-telling though, instead it is
fully original and surprising story based in the popular folktale Little Red Riding Hood. Explores dark
desires, passions and dedications while yet having the right amount of
romance. Involves family, friendship and friendship becoming family.
characters were strikingly clever. Scarlett was a very strong
character, and even though she's frustrating and unbearable at times,
you can't help but love her and understand Rosie. The ending was
somewhat predictable, at some point you can definitely see it coming,
but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The cover is genius! Seriously one of the
most eye-catching non-pictured covers ever. If you enjoy urban fantasy
you will love this one!