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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Published by Little Brown and Company

Pages: 336

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers 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.

“‘You have weird eyes’, she added…

“Shh, Rosie!” the older sister scolded, backing away.

“Ah, it’s all right,” the man said, stepping forward, “The better to see your lovely faces with, my dears…”
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In true Little Red Riding Hood form, The Sisters Red begins with the familiar tone and disguise of the wolf come to devour the little girl; or in this case, little girls. The March sisters, having lost their only stable parental figure, their grandmother, in a brutal attack by a werewolf are now left to seek out those that so completely opened their eyes to the horrors around them. They hunt together; red capes, long locks of beautiful hair, dazzling smiles and lethal hands ready to attack at a moments notice. Along with their close friend Silas, the March sisters are a deadly combination for wolves in search of their next kill.

As a child I remember hearing the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the story of the young girl deceived by the cunning and lying big bad wolf and it horrified me. It was only recently, while reading Sisters Red, that I remembered it was the woodsman who saved the little girl in the end. Of course, he does this by chopping the wolf open and rescuing her and her grandmother. I have often wondered…why do we tell these tales to little children? Even as an adult it’s quite terrifying to think of.

In Sisters Red the big bad wolves are werewolves, and equally as terrifying. As in the original tale, the werewolves in Pearce’s story seek attractive young girls so that they can devour them nearly whole. Living for the next kill and seeking out only the very brightest among the many. Much like the original tale as well, they are also highly attracted to red, something the March sisters use to their advantage when seeking their next target. Each sister wearing a beautiful red cloak to catch the eyes of the hunters.

Truly though many of the similarities beyond those I’ve already mentioned are only passing mentions. What stands out though, is the relationship between the March sisters, Scarlett and Rosie. After having saved her life Rosie feels indebted to her older sister Scarlett and not only that, but they have both always laughed at the idea that they “share” a heart. Each knowing the intentions of the other and complimenting each other so well that they often act as one person during a hunt. Although, there are quite a few things that separate them and define their individuality, including their differing opinions on hunting. The amazing part though about the March sisters is how each, though very different in ways, are both strong, confident young women in their own way. Neither truly depending on someone to “take care of them”.

If I had any qualms about the story, it would be that within the first 50 pages or so I already knew exactly what was going to happen and the choice the sisters would embark on. Although, it wasn’t a big enough problem for me to stop reading. In fact, after arriving at the conclusion in my mind, it made me eager to see the path Pearce would take Scarlett and Rosie on to get to their destination. In which case, I ended up staying up all night to finish it, about three and half hours actually. So, definitely not a very large problem I might say.

In this new take on an old favorite fairy tale, Sisters Red grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go until the very end. Hints of the original fairy tale enhance the incredible story of how the March sisters came to be and how they decide to carry on with their lives and friendship with their only other friend Silas. This is a fantastic story with action that leaves you glued to the pages and romance that makes you grin from ear to ear. Scarlett and Rosie are two sisters you don’t want to run into in the forest alone, especially, if you happen to be a werewolf. You don’t want to miss this great new “fairy tale“!

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The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 15 and up. Fans of the Little Red Riding Hood stories of their youth won’t want to miss this new take on their old favorite. An adventure from beginning to end with just the right amount of romance to keep your heart fluttering.

For the comments: Are there fairy tales now, as an adult, that when you look back on them you wonder why we tell them to small children? Which ones?

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12 Responses to Book Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

  1. Darlyn says:

    This book is utterly amazing.I really want to read it but i’m waiting for the paperback to be released..But the whole idea of the little red riding hood is very catchy and interesting. =)

  2. Great Review. I found it a bit too predictable too, but I did enjoy the characterization none-the-less.

  3. Annie says:

    I just started this one! Can’t wait to get further into it!

  4. O
    I want this!
    Why oh why haven’t I read it yet?

  5. Amused says:

    For some reason I didn’t realize this was a retelling of The Little Red Riding Hood! Now I am super intrigued!

  6. Gina says:

    Great post! Interesting twist on the classic fairytale. I can’t say that I really wonder about the telling of these tales to younger children….strictly because the way they are received is different depending on the audience. Younger children don’t necessarily grasp the violent nature of the tale and hone in on the magic and whimsy, whereas elder readers can see the acts behind the tale. Either way, they are a classic for all ages, and this one sounds like one of the many recent “redos” that seems to have done it justice and then some. Happy reading!

  7. Shannon says:

    Great recommendation. I can’t wait to read it for our site.

    In response to your question, it is true there are many classic stories that are kind of disturbing for children. The first one that comes to mind is actually Red Riding Hood, but how about Hansel and Gretel? That one scared me to death when I was a child!

  8. You think the English ones are bad, you should read the originals in German. Holy cow.
    (And not just the Grimm Brothers’ tales, either. German tales are freaky across the board.)

    Really, they served 2 purposes traditionally– scare the kids into behaving, scare the kids enough that they’ll stay out of the forest. 🙂

  9. NotNessie says:

    Glad you enjoyed the book!

    i agree… why do we tell our kids stories like that? Although, it doesn’t seem to have traumatized me in the long term.

  10. Lydia says:

    Fantastic review!

  11. Oh I want to read this one! Fantastic review!

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