Monday, December 20, 2010

Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (ARC)

Title: Sisters Red
Series: Sisters Red Series
Book #: One
Author: Jackson Pearce
Published: 2010
Source: We Love YA Tours
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Scarlet 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? (taken from goodreads.com)

What happens when you take a novel about the fierce bond between sisters and throw in a couple of blood-thirsty werewolves and a dreamy woodsman? Well, you get Sisters Red. This original take on the age-old tale of Red Riding Hood is addictive and entirely delicious. 

The characters were wonderful. The POV switches between Rosie and her older sister, Scarlett. I couldn't ever decide which sister I liked more, but I enjoyed seeing the world through both of their eyes. I have a younger sister, and I can completely relate to Scarlett's protectiveness of Rosie. It was refreshing to read a book about such a closely-knit family, even if it was just the two sisters. And Silas, if you can count him as family. 

The romance between Silas and Rosie was a steamy addition to the already captivating novel. I really appreciated that their relationship progressed slowly. You can see their bond growing, and eventually Rosie is head-over-heels for Silas. So was I, actually. 

Overall, out of all the fairy tale retellings I've read, Sisters Red is definitely one of the best. This book had me hooked from the beginning and kept me in its clutches until the very last page. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a dark, edgy novel filled with werewolves and forbidden romance. Oh, and incredibly hot woodsmen :) 

*I received this novel on tour from We Love YA Tours