Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

August 14, 2011 2 stars 0 ★★

Review: Sisters Red by Jackson PearceSisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Series: Fairytale Retellings #1
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on June 7, 2010
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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 was more excited to read Sisters Red than I was while actually reading it. It was that shiny beautiful cover art that sucked me in. It started out great but then it fell short in so many areas that I was pretty agitated by the end.

I do like the glimpses into Lett’s feelings when you definitely see her battling with herself. I felt the book was a bit repetitive in how Lett and Rosie kept justifying to themselves why they had to fight for one reason or the other.

The sisterly love was great and I loved the idea of the one heart split between the sisters. Big no no to me was, I didn’t feel like they built up the romance between Rosie and Silas well enough to make me really think there was a reason there for the romance other than just physical attraction – I hate insta-love. Insta-lust I can understand. I mean come on – give me something more to dig into..and onto the underage girl with 21 year old guy. I personally really don’t care – but I know this will likely catch a lot of flack. The reality is – this really does happen all the time.

Quick list of things that bugged me, the classes she took (really?), the red capes ( modern fairy tale – this seems out of place), the money (no way could they survive on only pawning stuff), oh and did I mention the insta-love…yeah I guess I did.  Ok, so even with all that – I thought Jackson Pearce does show definite potential to someday write books I will read – so I’m open to reading more, I hope I’m not being too harsh.

However, the last third of the book was so obvious I just wanted it to be done. I am sad that I didn’t like it more. I really would want to read the next book Sweetly because I really try to give new authors a chance but now I don’t think I will unless I check it out from the library – but its so low on my list that the chances of that are slim to nil.

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