Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sisters Red - Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red (Sisters Red, #1)

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?

I adore fairy tales, and this tale is centered around the classic Red Riding Hood--but with a twist...WEREWOLVES!  I love werewolves.

The story begins with a very literal retelling of the Red Riding Hood tale, and then picks up again seven years later--Scarlett, the older sister, scarred from the attack as a child, and Rosie, the younger sister, forced into a life of hunting that has consumed her older sister's world. 

The sisters, together with their friend Silas, hunt the werewolves that attacked them and their grandmother as children.  Then they realize that they have to do more than just bait their enemies one by one, they must instead go after what the werewolves want...the human they're looking to turn into one of them.

This story is full of legends and Pearce has created an entire backstory and world behind the werewolves.  She's also created some very unique characters who I enjoyed a lot.  Scarlett, who was nearly killed as a child protecting her sister, and now lives for the hunt, because she cannot just sit aside and do nothing as the werewolves target innocent girls.  Rosie, the younger sister, who owes her life to Scarlett, and repays her by following her on the hunt, even though she longs for a sense of normality.  And finally Silas, a great male character, who is flawed but strong.  He is a hunter like Scarlett, but he doesn't want it to take over his entire life, as it has her's.

This was a great read.  Can't wait for more from this author!

-geekgirl

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