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Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
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bookshelves: young-adult-fiction, fairy-tale, paranormal, given-away

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 Rosie is accompanying her on almost every hunt, but secretly she longs for a normal life.
Now that attacks on young girls are increasing again, the two sisters decide to move to Atlanta to try to stop the violence together with their childhood friend and hunting partner Silas. They find out that the wolves are searching for a Potential, a young man who can be made one of their own only during this month's moon phase ...

First of all, I really liked the characters in this book. Scarlett and Rosie are both fierce and strong in their own way, accepting their fate and trying to make the best of their situation. I found it rather depressing to read about their everyday life (they have no family left and had to drop out of school to be able to hunt the nights and are now slowly running out of money).
I sometimes had difficulties relating to Scarlett because of her obsession to hunt; I could understand where it came from though and why she had to do it.
Rosie was my favourite character, and Pearce really did an amazing job in showing her love for her sister on the one side, but also her longing for a different life and the guilt she felt because of this wish she couldn't share with Scarlett.

The romance between Rosie and Silas was very sweet, but not particularly thrilling in my opinion. But Silas's charater was a great addition to the two sisters. However, I have to say that the information we get about him from the summary is misleading: I found him in no way "brooding and mysterious", he simply is a great friend and someone the sisters can rely on. Of course he has his issues as well, but he is a fun guy and not focused on hunting too much.

What made this book only 3 stars for me was mostly the predictability of the plot (partly because the blurb on the back cover gives too much away; seriously, I hate that). I guessed how the whole story would turn out fairly early, and therefore it dragged on a little for me in between. There is a lot of hunting, the three run into Fenris in the most common situations, but otherwise the plot doesn't really move forward.

All in all, an interesting take on the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood with lovely characters. If you like darker urban fantasy and fairytale retellings, this could be a great read for you.

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Reading Progress

March 29, 2010 – Shelved
April 3, 2010 – Shelved as: young-adult-fiction
August 7, 2010 – Started Reading
August 8, 2010 –
page 99
28.61%
August 8, 2010 –
page 262
75.72%
August 10, 2010 – Finished Reading
October 4, 2010 – Shelved as: fairy-tale
February 2, 2011 – Shelved as: paranormal
April 26, 2011 – Shelved as: given-away

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