Book Review: Sisters Red (Sisters Red #1) by Jackson Pearce

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.
Jackson Pearce delivers a dark, taut fairy tale with heart-pounding action, fierce sisterly love, and a romance that will leave readers breathless.

I grabbed Sisters Red from the YA shelf on an impulse during my last trip to the library.  At first glance I knew nothing about it, but I recognized the cover from seeing the book reviewed on other blogs.  I didn't even read the summary---I just picked it up while I was waiting for my favorite librarian, Rebecca (sorry, Roxanne and Toccara, I like you a lot too) to pick up my library holds from the magical back shelf.  

When I got home, I read the summary and remembered why I've had this one on my TBR list for a while.  The premise is intriguing, isn't it?  The book started off strong, in my opinion, but then got kind of bogged down in repetitiveness when Silas, Rosie and Scarlett go to the city to hunt.  

Scarlett's obsession with hunting and the fact that she eschews sleep, a balanced life, relationships, and everything else for the hunt started to get old after a while.  What saved me from putting the book down at that point was the development of the love story, which was very tenderly written.  The last 70 pages saved the book as a whole for me, especially the twist at the end, which I have to say I did see coming.  

I will definitely read the next book in the series, and will seek out As You Wish, Pearce's debut novel.  I love the way she writes!

Just One Gripe: 
It was really hard to like Scarlett, until the end of the book, when she finally grew on me.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
The writing style.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 
No sex, but it does get pretty violent.

Characters: 3/5
Plot: 2/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  15/25


  1. Nice review :) I enjoyed reading this book!


  2. I enjoyed this book. I agree that Scarlett is hard to like. I understood her, but she's so closed off that it's hard to really relate. Kind of like Rose in Vampire Academy.
    Alison Can Read

  3. I just got Sisters Red and As You Wish and I can't wait to start them. From everything I've heard she has a wonderful writing style :)

  4. I can't read your review yet but I'll come back to it once I've read this book. I bought this book as a birthday present to myself (in June) but haven't gotten to it yet. I know it's a spin on Little Red Ridding Hood but I've seen mixed reviews on it. We shall see...

  5. I have to say I didn't enjoy this one much. I guess it just wasn't for me and I couldn't get Scarlett at all!

  6. I've gone back and forth on reading this one, hmmm.

  7. Fab review! I really loved this one myself!

  8. Great review Kelli, I've seen such mixed comments about this one that I wasn't sure if I should read it or not but I think I'll have to give it a try :o)

  9. Nice review! I'm still on the fence about this one :)

  10. I got this book on my list of books to get from the library. Thanks for the review!

  11. Keep staring at this book everytime I go to Indigo... hmmm temptation is setting in despite the mixed feelings I keep hearing from many reviews... still ... not ready to jump in though.

  12. After The Book Smuggler's review of this book, I kinda decided I'd pass on it.

  13. I really need to read this series-- I haven't read anything by Marr yet.
    Thanks for the review.


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