Thursday, October 7

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

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Scarlett and Rosie March have always felt like they were two halves of the same heart. They were left to fend for themselves after their grandmother was killed by a Fenris - a werewolf - and Scarlett was left scarred. Now they dedicate their lives to killing the Fenris.

When Scarlett's hunting partner, Silas, re-enters their lives, he captures Rosie's attention and the two halves of the same heart begin to tug in different directions.

Which is more important - saving the lives of others or living your own?

My first thought was: This is a book where the werewolves are not sex on legs? Scandalous! Surely this must be a crime. A welcome one.

The premise of this novel is great. I love how the author has interpreted the tale of Little Red Riding Hood into something more modern, complex and plausible. That and the fact that it doesn't revolve around one little girl who dons a red cloak, but two sisters. The thing that interested me most about the novel was the relationship between Rosie and Scarlett. I love a good book that while it has an interesting plot, focuses on some good character dynamics.

The novel is well written, and my interest in exploring the reinvention of the old tale was another factor that kept me hooked. I loved reading the hunting scenes and I felt like I got a good insight into the characters. Scarlett and Rosie more so than Silas, but they are the two main characters, and I really felt Silas' significance in their relationship, and how it developed throughout the plot. All three characters were wonderfully written.

The novel is narrated in first person, present tense, by both sisters in alternating chapters. Scarlett and Rosie both care for one another but their desires are conflicting. Not just with one another but within themselves. Scarlett is obsessed with the hunt and desire to kill the Fenris, but also aware of what she has lost: her innocence and her chance for normality. Rosie is tired of being a victim. She feels that she owes her sister her life, but yearns for love and a normal life.

I would recommend this book to those looking for a wonderful reinvention of a classic fairy tale.

1 comment:

Rezden said...

Great review, sounds interesting. I look forward to seeing the twist the author put on the old story. :)