My, what big eyes you have!
Jackson Pearce's modern retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood." In Sisters Red, Scarlett March lives for two things, hunting werewolves and protecting Rosie, her younger sister. Rosie owes Scarlett her life and forgoes school and all the trappings of a normal life to join her sister in the hunt. But unlike Scarlett, who feels most complete when she's sinking her hatchet into a wolf's belly, Rosie longs for more.
The book alternates between the two sisters' perspectives. At first Scarlett was my favorite. She's the strong one, the fighter. But as I read, I kept rooting for Rosie's happiness, even if it was at the expense of her sister's.
It took me a second to adjust to the world Pearce created. The story takes place in our world, in Atlanta, Georgia. But Scarlett and Rosie aren't really a part of the world you and I know. They live in a cottage in the woods, and walk everywhere, and don't work or go to school, and have a woodsman for a neighbor, and hunt werewolves, and don't have cell phones. (do you have any idea how many of their problems would've been solved if they had freaking cell phones?)
But, once I figured out the whole fairy-tale world within our world thing, I was hooked. And that's a huge part of the story. Rosie wants to be part of our world so badly, while Scarlett is stuck in her own world of the hunt.
Sisters Red is bloody and ferocious as the two heroines kick some major wolf ass. Oh, I wish I could tell you my favorite ass-kicking part! But it's at the end. And a big spoiler. So, read it and you'll see.
I also loved the romance in this book. I liked how the love wasn't TOO forbidden. It felt right for the characters to be together and they didn't get all dramatic about the reasons they *shouldn't* be. I liked that. Their love felt real.
Ooh, and also, Ms. Pearce, you are the Queen of red herrings! I'm very impressed. At first, I knew. Then I was, oh wait, I'm wrong. But it turns out, I was right! Sneaky, sneaky. (Sorry Junkies, if you're confused, just go read it already).
So, if you like books with girls hacking up evil werewolves with hatchets, sisterly love, hot romance with kissing in the rain, and kick-ass girls who say, "I won't wait for the woodsman to save me." Then, what are you waiting for?
Oh, and have you seen Jackson Pearce's amazing blog? She does these great videos that are both funny and informative.