Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Review: Sisters Red (Sisters Red #1) by Jackson Pearce

Synopsis (via 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.
My Take: I went into this book knowing all of three things- The story was a riff on Little Red Riding Hood (which is one story I really, really like), the cover is extremely arresting, and Jackson Pearce has a very quirky sense of humor.  The last I learned from Twitter.  So I went into this book with no expectations and it pretty much blew me away

Scarlett is damaged in more than just body.  She's obsessed with hunting the Fenris.  She's obsessed with protecting her sister at all costs.  For her, there is no gray- you're either a hunter or you allow the Fenris to kill indiscriminately.  She can't fathom that Silas and Rosie want a life outside of hunting.

Rosie allows herself to be swallowed and swept away in Scarlett's obsession.  Part of it is the guilt she feels that Scarlett received the first and most devastating of her scars protecting her.  As young as she was when the Fenris first attacked, Rosie knows very little outside of this life of death and blood.  Not having experienced much of the world, she doesn't know what she wants, only that sometimes her heart sings at things that have nothing to do with hunting.

In the end, the book is about the bonds that tie us one to another.  The bonds of memory and love and all the little things that make life worth living.  Was the book hard to read?  Sometimes.  It was hard watching Rosie push her wants aside time and again because of Scarlett.  It was hard knowing that the reason Scarlett held on so tightly was because she was terrified of Rosie becoming like her.  Would I recommend this book?  Absolutely.  It was well written and engaging.  You wanted to know how the sisters were going to get out of their predicament.  You wanted to know if love really could conquer all.  You want to watch this fairy tale unfold.

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  1. I enjoyed this book as well though I found Scarlett to be extremely frustrating at times. I related much more to Rosie and loved watching her relationship unfold just like you said:) Can't wait for book two!

  2. I have this one checked out from the library but I don't know if I'm going to be able to read it by the time it's due :(