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Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

June 8, 2010

Like Scarlett and Rosie’s red cloaks are to the Fenris, Sisters Red is irresistible. I can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about the novel. With great descriptions, excellent characters, and fluid pacing, the novel fails to disappoint and all of this is due to Jackson Pearce’s amazing writing.

The story is told from both Scarlett and Rosie’s perspectives. Pearce gave them clear and distinct voices, which allowed me to keep reading without stopping to see who was narrating. With Scarlett, I understood where her fierce need to hunt the Fenris came from, but I didn’t relate to her as much as I did with Rosie. Despite this, I really enjoyed Scarlett’s chapters. Hers supplied more action and struck a balance with Rosie’s, which are more centered on her growing feelings for Silas.

I liked that Pearce doesn’t call the wolves werewolves. Instead, she uses the term “Fenris”, which is known from Norse mythology. Pearce’s descriptions of the wolves were vivid and creepy. Being a lover of Twilight and Shiver, I was worried I wouldn’t like the fact that the wolves were the bad guys, but I had no problem with them.

Fairytale retellings can either be really good or really bad. Sisters Red is extremely good. Jackson Pearce threw in a few well-known parts of Little Red Riding Hood and did so perfectly, especially in the prologue. I can’t wait to see what Pearce has planned for Sweetly and Fathomless, particularly Fathomless because The Little Mermaid is my favorite Disney movie/fairytale.

Please do not let Sisters Red slip under your radar. It’s an amazing novel that I absolutely loved reading and can’t wait to read again. The novel has a little something for everyone: sisterly love, werewolves, romance, action, and enough realism to ground the story. If you would like more information on Jackson Pearce and her writing, including Sisters Red, please visit the following websites:

Jackson Pearce’s LiveJournal
Jackson Pearce’s Twitter

(cover image taken from Barnes and Noble’s website)

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