Saying that I loved Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce would be like saying I only sometimes like to breathe oxygen. I really, seriously, completely, absolutely loved Sisters Red.
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?
As you could have guessed from the titled, Sisters Red is about sisters. Scarlett, the older sister, and Rosie, the baby, have a super strong, special bond that gets tested throughout the story.
Being a middle sister myself, I was in the unique poistion to truly see/understand each of their emotions/motives. The chapters do alternate between their points of view, but I think it might be harder for the baby of the family to truly understand that instinctual need to jump in front of a younger sibling. (As seen with Rosie wanting Scarlett to stop treating her like a child.) At the same time, it’s hard for the eldest sibling to really understand the younger’s need to prove themselves while still wanting their protection – like a security blanket. (As seen with Scarlett forever remembering that fateful day she had to make her first Fenris (a.k.a. werewolf) kill to protect Rosie.) There is no doubt it my mind that Jackson Pearce has a sister, because without a sister, there’s no way she could have conveyed their relationship the way she did without personal knowledge.
Apart from being amazing sisters, Scarlett and Rosie are powerful heroines – smart, strong, and unyeilding in their quest to rid the world of Fenris. While I’m usually pro werewolves, I loved seeing the March sisters kick some Fenris butt. There were many intense, pulse-pounding fight scenes, sometimes with the sisters working together, and other times on their own. To balance the story was the seductive, yet bumbling, first love between Rosie and Silas, their neighbor/lifelong friend. Between all of that, there was never a dull moment in Sisters Red.
Sisters Red made me laugh, cry, jump for joy and, at one point, throw the book across the room. It also gave me the urge to go hug both my sisters, but since neither was anywhere close by at the time, I had to settle for calling and saying, “I love you.” Anyone with a sister should read this book. Everyone else should read it because it’s that awesome.
Also reviewed by: I Like These Books, Kathy’s Book Blog, YA Reads and Wondrous Reads
Those are the books I must have, the ones that cause another reader to go bonkers and rave. Thanks for the cranium’s up.
I enjoyed Sisters Red. I think it’s one of those books that you either love or hate.
Sounds fun! The cover is also gorgeous. Thanks for sharing :)