Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2011.
Scarlett and Rosie March are hunters. They eat, sleep, and breathe hunting. We’re not talking about rabbits & ducks; these girls hunt Fenris–wolves. These monsters take on men’s forms to lure in young girls who they devour. After a horrific Fenris attack that left Scarlett horribly scarred with an eye patch & their grandmother dead, the girls began training with the Pa Reynolds, their neighborhood woodsmen. Growing up with Pa Reynolds’ son Silas, the girls do their duty to protect their homeland.
When another wolf ambles by looking for the Potential, all three teen’s senses are on alert. They decide to move to the city in search of better luck tracking the Potential & taking down the wolf population in the process. But Rosie isn’t really in to it all. Silas, who has just returned from a year long hiatus in San Francisco, can see it in her eyes and encourages her to explore other activities. Rosie discovers that not only does she enjoy these other activities, but she actually has an aptitude for something besides throwing daggers. Scarlett is determined to put a stop to the turning of the Potential. Silas is torn between his heart’s desire & his duty.
One thing is for sure, none of these three will ever be the same & the Fenris don’t stand a chance against them united.
This was an interesting twist on the Little Red Riding Hood tale. This time though, Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t necessarily need the woodsman to save her. These girls are tough and determined. They are presented as two parts of the same heart which is very understandable given their traumatic experience as children. Put together they really would make a dynamic person, but as two individuals they can’t possibly remain together forever. Silas really is just there to throw hormones into the mix. I feel like he didn’t really add much to the story other than being a catalyst for Rosie & acting as eye candy.
The Fenris were an interesting group. They really were wolf-possessed men with no souls instead of a traditional werewolf. That was an unexpected element as it made the Little Red Riding Hood background make more sense. I really liked the mythology behind the Potential and how the wolves sought him & found it quite enchanting.
Jackson Pearce is really onto something with this kind of storyline and I look forward to her future works as they seem to be heading down the fables & fairy tales path.
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Reviewed by Laura R from Duraleigh Road Community Library.