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 dead.
Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for.
Twenty-five-year-old Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless.
I was initially a bit hesitant to read Sisters Red because I'm already tired of werewolf novels. However, this book has a leg-up on other "werewolf books" because it 1) really isn't about werewolves as much as it is about sisters and 2) is a delightfully unique twist on the story of "Little Red Riding Hood" and therefore has a whole different feel to it. It's more folktale than "werewolves are hot, dark, and dangerous." That isn't to say that I LOVED it, though; I am somewhere between "I liked it" and "I liked it a lot."
A mystery drives quite a lot of the book (I won't say what the mystery is, because I'm not really sure if it counts as a spoiler). This mystery would have been much better if I didn't figure out the solution right after they started searching. Their searches bored me because I only doubted my guessing skills once or twice- I was a bit frustrated that they spent so many pages trying to figure it out. However, their lack of sleuthing skills made for an exciting ending. I just wish the road getting there had a few more twists that made me doubt my guesses.
I was much more interested in the hunting aspect of the novel. Every time one of the girls would go up against some of the Fenris, there was tons of awesome, bloody action. I could totally see why the girls felt like she needed to kill as many as possible; though I wish a little more mythology could have been included somehow, there was enough to make me believe that the Fenris really are creepy and horrible. I was nearly as excited as Scarlett when one was killed because of how terrible they are, and because the killing brought some excitement among the dull mystery solving scenes.
Sisters Red was too boring at times for me. I'm sure that if I didn't figure out the mystery so early, it would have been much better. Still, I loved the juxtaposition of the sisters, their relationship, and all of the bloody action.
Book details: Little, Brown/Hardcover/$16.99