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.
I’m not a big fan of fairy tale retellings, and I’m tired of werewolves, and yet I really enjoyed Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. Although the fairy tale elements are there (red cloaks, woodsman, basket of cookies), the book feels original and is set in modern day Georgia. Sisters Red is an action packed book with strong female characters and werewolves that are scary and revolting. I loved the fight scenes between the sisters and the Fenris, and the pacing of the book kept me anxiously turning the pages to see what happened next.
The chapters in Sisters Red alternate between the two sisters’ point of views, but the transitions were never awkward. Sometimes when I read a book with multiple viewpoints I like one character much more than the others and get annoyed when it switches – but that never happened here. Every time the point of view changed I was happy to be with the other sister again, because I enjoyed both characters so much.
I loved the romantic subplot in this book, and found it to be both believable and exciting. Between the hunting scenes and the romantic tension this book will definitely make your pulse race! And in the quieter moments Sisters Red really highlights the bond between sisters and the importance of being true to yourself.
Sisters Red had a satisfying ending, and yet I wanted to stay with the sisters even longer – I especially wanted to hang out more with Scarlett and find her a handsome man to hunt with. Plus, the Fenris were so interesting I would love to learn more about their history and mythology. I’ve read that Jackson Pearce is writing two companion books (based on Hansel and Gretel and the Little Mermaid), so maybe we will see more of the sisters and the Fenris then. I hope so!
If you like fairy tales, werewolves, and kick ass heroines, you should definitely read this book!