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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
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Aug 04, 2009

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Recommended for: fans of Diana Peterfreund, Dia Reeves, Maggie Stiefvater
Read from March 03 to 04, 2010

You thought you knew all there was to know about Little Red Riding Hood and her wolf…well, you were wrong. Told from the alternating viewpoints of sisters Scarlett and Rosie, Jackson Pearce’s second novel, SISTERS RED, is an incredibly entertaining and deliciously dark twist on an old, fairy tale-esque story.

This novel has got many things going for it: strong female characters with great voices, a fully realized and frightening antagonist, and a clever storyline. Scarlett and Rosie are fantastic females who prove that you don’t have to be a tomboy to kick ass. The sister bond is powerful in a realistic way; both of them would do almost anything for each other, and yet there are also the usual tensions one would expect between sisters, of being the same person versus developing one’s own identity.

The Fenris are delectably creepy, a shiver-inducing combination of fantastical monster and your sadly usual male predator. Jackson Pearce develops their mythology well throughout the novel. These are the kind of werewolves that will haunt you long after you put the book down, and I appreciated that the villains of this novel were not cartoonish or overdramatized.

The story I mentioned is clever, albeit occasionally slow and predictable. It builds up to a tremendously satisfying finish, the kind that only the best paranormal authors can pull off without seeming either too expected or out-of-nowhere. A careful reader, however, will be able to pick up the clues as to what will happen way before Scarlett and Rosie do. This by no means detracts from the success of the story and its ending, though I do honestly prefer my books to be able to outsmart me.

Overall, SISTERS RED should not disappoint readers looking for a paranormal action story containing independent females, a sweet and believable romance, and well-developed villains. It’s a unique blend of the old-fashioned (their rural cottage, their cloaks, hatchets as weapons) and the modern (Atlanta, the dialogue, what they wear under their cloaks). I won’t be surprised if Jackson Pearce has a long and successful career writing a variety of YA. SISTERS RED is perfect for a delightful weekend or vacation read!
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6.4% "Whoa! Excellence already. @JacksonPearce is incredible." 1 comment
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Sherry It's sooo good, I loved it!! :)

Brooke Oh, now I'm even more anxious to read it! Loved the review.

Steph Su Brooke wrote: "Oh, now I'm even more anxious to read it! Loved the review."

Thanks, Brooke! :)

oliviasbooks I have preordered it, but the time until it's being sent my way is still endless ...

Steph Su oliviasbooks wrote: "I have preordered it, but the time until it's being sent my way is still endless ..."

I'm actually always quite surprised at how fast a seemingly endless period of time flies by. Always other good books to read to pass the time.. :)

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