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Sisters Red

(Fairytale Retellings #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  19,291 ratings  ·  2,576 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published June 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Fern I recommend first either Sisters Red and Sweetly (which ever one) and then Fathomless and afterwards Cold Spell. It adds to a really cool experience w…moreI recommend first either Sisters Red and Sweetly (which ever one) and then Fathomless and afterwards Cold Spell. It adds to a really cool experience with the reading of the books.(less)
Sasha Zatz it wasn't very good in my opinion. but you may have completely different book tastes to me. id recommend it if you are younger.…moreit wasn't very good in my opinion. but you may have completely different book tastes to me. id recommend it if you are younger.(less)

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still one of the best movie posters ever.

still one of the best songs ever

so i understand why barnes and noble has this filed under "teen paranormal romance," but that is really a terrible designation. frankly,it is terrible that such a category even exists, or that there are such a substantial number of books in the section. to my way of thinking, it should really only be like half a shelf, like the agriculture section in our store. (because, really, in nyc, who needs that many books about how t
Emily May
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it

"I am confident, I am capable, and I will not wait to be rescued by a woodsman or a hunter. I will escape."


Hmm, this is a very difficult book to rate. One one hand, it contains most of the elements I consider important in a good urban fantasy novel: tough heroines, nice love interest - but with the story focus being on bigger things than whether or not they'll get together, mean and nasty supernaturals, touch of grittiness... yet I still had a few problems. I thought Rosie was a very
jv poore
This was a fun read, without being fluffy. Strong characters---with flaws, and realistic emotions. The story pulls you in quickly with a scare, intrigues you with the unbreakable (or so they've always thought), bond of sisters, makes you sigh with a bit of tenative romance, then wraps you up with a mystery. What else could you want? A were-wolf? Ahhh, then meet Ms. Jackson's Fenris.

Sisters Red---a book with a little bit of everything that I love in a good book. Enjoy.
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers back in 2010 (a few months later this review caused a shitstorm online and you can read about it here).

Ana’s take:


I could tell you that for the first pages of this book I was completely engrossed in the story. How could I not? I mean, a dark, violent even, retelling of Red Riding Hood in which two sisters are the hunters who kill the wolves? I am in. It helps that the first pages were very gripping: back in the past when the kids lived with their
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Best red riding hood retelling ive ever read! I loved the wolf hunting (it reminded me of supernatural). And the two sisters relationship is strained and broken but still so strong. I loved the semi love triangle and the friendship between the three of them,So strong and connected and secretive all at once. Alot of it actually reminds me of supernatural which might be why i like it so much! Looking for the potential and... plot twist.
I also really like both points of view. Each sisters POV kept
Le sigh. This book should be called Sisters Miss The Point.
Prabhjot Kaur
This was due on my shelf for a long time and after reading this, I wouldn't mind if it had stayed on that shelf for a while. A long while.

Sisters Red started out really hypnotic. I was just sucked into that world. Love of two sisters for one another and their bond was amazing until the younger sister falls for the older sister's best friend. They do get mad at each other for different reasons and even then their love doesn't lessen for one another which is exactly what happens with majority of t
I loved Pearce's debut novel, As You Wish.... and while I loved the idea of Sisters Red.... I just enjoy it quite as much as I did As You Wish.

I loved how Pearce portrayed Rosie and Scarlett's world... it was almost like they lived in this fairy tale realm that was on the outer edge of a world much like our own, there was something very notable about that. And I loved the relationship between the sisters. Having two sisters of my own, I understand how strong of a bond sisterhood can be. Not to m
Sep 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: idgaf, a-let-down, dnf
The beginning was good, then I got impatient and it just felt like Rosie was whining a little to me. And the age thing with her and Silas. Dude. No. She's basically still a kid, no matter how 'different' she looks physically. A lot of people look older than their age, does that mean that it's okay? She's underage. Not legal. He's an adult. Plain and simple. And I felt so bad for Scarlett. Didn't she deserve SOME sort of romantic interest? Jeez, just because she's scarred that makes it okay for g ...more
C.G. Drews
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It had heaps of problems! But who cares? I loved it!

After my sister threatened my life if I didn't read it (funny how that works, eh? Considering it's about sisters....) I finally borrowed it from the library. I read it in a day. I was totally engrossed with the characters and world, but utterly bored with the plot.

Characters? The sisters are Scarlett and Rosie. They're a mash up of Little Red Riding Hood -- but two instead of one (which I think is absolutely wonderful).
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From the second page of this book when a man's smile simultaneously faded and grew more forced, to the 321st page when the sister's entangled their arms around each other and sniffed each other's hair, I hated every single thing about this book.

Clearly, the writing was a problem. It was awkward, contradictory, and stilted. I wasn't expecting the plot to break barriers, but the big "twist" was so badly telegraphed that I saw it 150 pages be
Jun 01, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, 2010
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“Knowledge does have a way of making you an outcast.”

This story isn't very similar to Little Red Riding Hood though the concept is. Wolves. Or in accurate words, Werewolves. And they are completely mean and nasty and gritty and... Oh, they are just your typical mean bad wolves.

If you want me to describe this book in one sentence then this is what I would have said:
This book is action - packed.

Each action filled event is described in so much detail that it doesn't get repetitive or boring to r
Hannah ◇ReaderintheRough◇
-"People might get the wrong idea, a pretty girl like you alone on a corner like this."

My lips curve into a grin as I draw the hatchet from my belt. There's a swish as his clothes hit the ground, then the clicking sound of claws on pavement. "I'm not worried," I answer, unable to suppress a sly grin. "I'm not that kind of girl."

Based on the prologue and first chapter I thought this book would have ended up as at least a four-star rating.

It starts out dark and sultry, but when the reader is in
No, just no. The book started off so well! We have two sisters (Scarlett and Rosie) who are at their grandmother's home when a Fenris (werewolf) breaks in and attacks her. Scarlett puts herself between the Fenris and her sister and ends up killing it after being attacked and losing an eye. That beginning was everything. Then the rest of the book was just a slow slide to a total letdown. There's a lot of problematic things in this one and I didn't even sleep well because I had to finish this and ...more
Mary ♥
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

My sister has the heart of an artist with a hatchet and an eye patch. And I, we both now know, have a heart that is undeniably, irreparably different.

Something to listen to while reading this

Two sisters. One world crumbling. Monsters lurking in every shadow. One mission, to kill them all.

I'm running in the forest. My cleaver is tied in my belt, and my hands are itching to use it. Behind me, two girls run. The one wears a red hood, and an eyepatch, and she moves like bloodshed and lig
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book suffers terribly from that "target age of readers is smarter than the plot of the book" syndrome. Never do that. (view spoiler) It's not fun to watch characters go on and on for 2/3 ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tammy by: Midu Hadi
Shelves: shifters
Sisters Red is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. There's a wolf and a grandma but that's really all the two have in common. In this version there are two sisters, Rosie and Scarlett, and after their encounter with a werewolf they become hunters.

Dislikes: I don't understand why the girls dropped out of school. I think it would have been totally possible for them to hunt and go to school. Buffy finished high school while guarding the Hellmouth. Why are they wearing cloaks? They could wear an
Before I started to read this book, I had kind of mixed feelings about it. Whereas I have only heard good things about Jackson Pearce's debut, As You Wish, Sisters Red has received mixed reviews.

A cruel attack of a Fenris, a soulless wolf-man craving young women's blood, has destroyed the lives of the two March sisters Scarlett and Rosie. Now Scarlett, heavily scarred and thinking of herself as an outcast, is committed to hunt the monsters and revenge her grandmother's death. Her younger sister
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
First let me explain that a wonderful friend shared her ARC copy of Sisters Red, so I had the pleasure of reading prior to its release date on June 2, 2010.

I often think that re-told fairy tales can go only one of two ways: slightly dull or brilliantly twisted. Sisters Red is definitely in the latter category.

Take the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and turn it around into a story about sibling bonds and rivalry. Now, mix in the mythology of The Wolf only make it darker and more modern. Then you'
I absolutely love fairy-tale retellings! So when I saw that this was about Red Riding Hood.. well, I dove right into this book!

Sister Red is obviously about Red Riding Hood.. I mean I did just mention it, right? This book definitely reminded me of an episode from Supernatural.. which yeah, it has been a while since I've seen that show but it still made me think of it! ...and now I want to watch an episode from that show!

Well I loved that this was a dual POV from the sisters, Scarlett and Rosie.
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sister Red is the modern day version of the timeless storybook; Little Red Riding Hood, only in this re-telling, it's much darker, deeper and desperate.

We begin our tale with two sisters, Scarlett and Rosie March.
Scarlett is devoted to the hunt, or more like obsessed, given that seven years before, a Fenris stole the lives of there grandmother and left her with countless battle scars, including an eye. Now, an eighteen year old Scarlett, with the help of partner-in-crime Silas, has made it her l
Carolyn  Storer
This isn't a run-of-the-mill werewolf book, but a very intelligently written story loosely based on the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. This is quite a special little book, from the depth of emotion felt by the characters to the attention to detail of their lives and surroundings.

I really enjoyed the relationships between the characters, Scarlett, Rosie and Silas. The relationships are quite complex and yet simple at the same time. Simple because they all love each other and would do anything to pro
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dark, gritty urban fantasy or fantastic horror
Jackson Pearce's dark retelling and continuation of Little Red Riding Hood is really good: Excellently written, cleverly adapted and highly original. So do not be put off by my rating. It's not the book, it's me: As I passed the first-third-mark I sensed that I was feeling more and more depressed and my sympathy for both sisters overshadowed my pleasure in reading the story. It must be a sign of Pearce's great writing that the tension, the guilt and the strange bond between the sisters, who have ...more
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce delivers a perfectly crafted, suspenseful modern twist on a famous fairy tale.

Pearce does not miss a beat when it comes to blending all the right elements to keep the reader engaged and riveted as two sisters, who are committed to protecting the world of the dangerous Fenris, risk what it takes to fight for what they believe in. Scarlett and Rosie’s sisterly devotion mixed with Silas’ bond to the girls was a captivating read that kept me engaged with page after pag
Jenn Harris (Reader of Things)
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like fairytale retellings or book about strng female bonds
Recommended to Jenn by: No one, been wanting to read this one for awhile,

“When they attack her, I scream until my voice is hoarse so I don't have to hear the shredding sounds.”

****3.5 stars****

That may be one of my favorite quotes of all time.

Plot synopsis: (view spoiler)
Kara Babcock
Sisters Red is the best kind of fairytale retelling, in that Jackson Pearce takes the kernel of a fairytale (“Little Red Riding Hood” here, obvs) and then … just runs with it. There’s no need to hew too closely to the “original” story—because what is the original story, anyway? Instead we get this cool, thrilling urban fantasy adventure about sisters who slay werewolves … like, yeah. I’m down with that.

Scarlett and Rosie March are young when a werewolf kills their grandmother, leaving them orpha
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And this book is like a great, top-notch episode of Buffy, sans vampires, but rife with werewolves. I don't want to give too much away about this novel, since it won't be released for a while. But, let me share with you why Scarlett March (and Rosie March, though to a lesser extent) is a way better superhero than Buffy.
Buffy has super slayer strength. Scarlett is strong, but there's no super powers here. Scarlett has years of consistent, brutal training and a po
This book was amazing. I've always loved fairy tale retellings, and this one was no exception to that. I loved the vicious twist it put on the usual Red Riding Hood tale> I'm always looking for books with vicious characters, so this was a hit for me.

The character that made this book for me was Scarlett. I loved her determination to rid the world of the Fenris, both for revenge, and to save others. Her love and jealousy of her sister was done super well, and I completely understood her. As a few
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