Author: Jackson Pearce
Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy and currently works for a software company even though she auditioned for the circus (she juggled and twirled fire batons, but they still didn’t want her). Other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.
Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Fairytale, Fairytale & Folklore, Young Adult
Read… one weekend at home while… recovering from a cold and watching the snow fall over Seattle.
Title: Sister Red (Fairytale Retellings #1)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
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Review: 3 out of 5 Stars
Summary (from 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 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?
Review: Sisters Red is a fairly dark fairytale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The novel begins with the “fairy” tale part of it; when the wolf comes to visit Red Riding Hood’s grandmother’s house, or in this case, the March sisters’ grandmother’s house. But the bulk of the book deals with the aftermath of the wolf attack.
As a result of the wolf attack they survived as young girls, Scarlett and Rosie suffer life-long emotional and physical scars. Scarlett is physically scarred and disfigured but focused solely on hunting and killing wolves, known as Fenris, as a source of revenge and solace. Rosie feels she owes a life debt to Scarlett for saving her life during the wolf attack, as well as guilty for surviving the wolf attack physically unscarred. As a result, Rosie accompanies Scarlett on her hunts even though she craves more for her life.
While I enjoyed the premise of the book and its dark nature, there were a few elements that prevented me from really loving this book. First, the romance between Rosie and Silas was incredibly predictable and forced onto readers without any real background or development. It also did not help that Silas, as a character, fell flat when compared to Rosie and Scarlett. Second, the major plot twist of the book was super obvious! I won’t spoil anything, but I called the big twist fairly early into the book.
Overall, Sisters Red is not a bad book, it is just a predictable book without a lot of imagination beyond the opening fairytale twist. If you are looking for a fast read, a fairytale retelling, and a young adult romance, then look no further; Pearce will give you a treat and a good read.