by Jackson Pearce
Rating: 5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I loved it!
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 a 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 Scarlett’s only friend, Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax. But does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?
I’m absolutely in love with this book. Sisters Red is a modern re-telling and continuation of the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood. If you want some kick-ass heroines, dark werewolves, and romance than Sisters Red will have you glued to your chair until you’ve finished the book.
Sisters Scarlett and Rosie are incredibly close but very different people. Scarlett is the hunter of the family. She’s brave, tough and ruthless towards the Fenris she hunts. Her hunting has left her not only physically scarred, but mentally scarred as well. Hunting is her life. Yes, she loves her sister and her hunting partner Silas, but hunting is in her blood and soul. She’s slightly bitter and more than a little envious/jealous of those girls who live in the dark about the danger surrounding them. Rosie, the younger sister, is also a hunter but nothing like her sister. She’s still relatively innocent (thanks to Scarlett) and finds joy in the simple life outside of hunting the Fenris. She loves her sister, and will do anything to help her, but Rosie grows throughout the book and with Silas’ help realizes she has to live her life for herself, too – not just for her sister. Silas has such an impact on each sister. He’s Scarlett’s rock, her hunting partner. One who has grown up with the hunt like the sisters have. To Rosie, he’s Scarlett’s partner, and her friend – until he becomes so much more than that.
Told in alternating points of view, the storyline for Sisters Red is, for lack of a better word, awesome. Jackson Pearce starts out with the well known tale of Little Red Riding Hood – the wolf arrives at grannies house in the woods. In Jackson’s story, the woodcutter doesn’t arrive on time and Little Red suffers for it. She gives Little Red a sister, and continues the story of what happens after the wolf, or in this case, the werewolf. The story is a darker look at the fairy tale and it works. The writing is engaging and fluid, and the characterization is great. Even without the handy chapter headers detailing the POV switch, I would still have known which sister I was reading about. Their voices are so distinct, and Scarlett is definitely darker than Rosie. There were a few parts detailing how Scarlett views the women they help save that were a little worrisome, but I see it as Scarlett acting out her jealousy toward physically beautiful women (since she sees her scars as highly disfiguring), and she knows she shouldn’t have such thoughts. Everything seems to become darker and more rushed, more anxious, once the sisters and Silas hit the city, and everything spirals down from there. The ending…it’s bittersweet. Definitely fit the story well.
While Sisters Red is an action/adventure story at its base (some of the fight sequences between the three hunters and the Fenris are epic, if not a little unbelievable at times), the real story is the personal interactions of the sisters and Silas. It’s a story about what it means to be family, and being true to yourself. It’s a story of love, loss and new beginnings.