SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce
YA - Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Unless you're Harry Potter (Yay, magic!) or Edward Cullen (ahem, guilty pleasure... due more to RPattz, than SMeyer), I don't often veer away from real-life-world, good 'ole contemporary YA. Unless the premise is too intriguing for me to ignore... and this one was. I instantly loved the thought of a modern Red Riding Hood with bad ass wolf slaying teen girls.
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?
After the prologue (which is intense and perfectly sets the stage for the story), the chapters alternate POVs between the sisters, Scarlett and Rosie March. I’m usually not a huge fan of different POVs, as I tend to get lost trying to keep up with who’s saying what, but that wasn’t a problem at all with Sisters Red. The sisters had such distinct voices, that I never doubted who was telling me the story at any given moment.
I loved how Jackson portrayed the book’s world. It was just realistic enough to feel familiar, but had this otherworldly, fairy tale-esque quality about it that kept things interesting and a bit unpredictable. The relationships between the three leads, the sisters and Silas, were interesting to watch throughout the story. It was obvious that the three of them cared for each other more than anyone else on the planet, but they loved each other in different ways and for different reasons, which caused all sorts of complications among their trio.
As soon as I finished the book I wanted to go cape shopping and call my sister up to start up a crime fighting duo (and the older sister in me was happy I’d get to be the bossy one).
Highly recommended! I read it straight through, as I could never quite find a point at which I was willing to stop. And then I bought another copy for my sister!
ADDITIONAL NOTES: If the promise of an entertaining read isn't quite enough, Jackson has a YouTube channel full of cute, funny, and/or informative videos that will make you want to read anything she writes. She could be your best friend (and you'll be sort of bummed that she isn't). Find her at Jackson-Pearce.com and on twitter at @JacksonPearce.