Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (June 7th 2010—Little Brown)
Grade: 3 stars out of 5
Source: HipLit (Little Brown)
Summary: “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.”
Review: After reading Pearce’s debut novel, As You Wish, I knew that she was capable of writing romance so I looked at Sisters Red more closely for the action than anything else. I love the action—very kick-butt modern-day hero—that still managed to incorporate the beloved fairy tale aspects—hatchets, capes, countryside and grandmas. However, it was the romance that I felt brought the level of the book down. It felt so forced that I had a hard time buying it.
Jackson Pearce does a great job of creating two very contrasting characters that still has close ties; how one event can change so drastically that these two sisters have very different personalities. Rosie is the romantic while Scarlett is the cynical realist. This is a visible attribute with Scarlett’s scars and missing right eye. In essence Pearce does an amazing job creating symbolisms and ironic situations. There are times when dramatic irony becomes, well, not really dramatic nor ironic and just plain ol’ predictable.
Overall: Sisters Red while original, despite it being a fairy tale retelling, proved to be sluggish at points. It is still a good step in the right direction that I think will bring a new group of readers.