Ë Sisters Red Ó Download by Ó Jackson Pearce The beginning was good, then I got impatient and it just felt like Rosie was whining a little to me And the age thing with her and Silas Dude No She s basically still a kid, no matter how different she looks physically A lot of people look older than their age, does that mean that it s okay She s underage Not legal He s an adult Plain and simple And I felt so bad for Scarlett Didn t she deserve SOME sort of romantic interest Jeez, just because she s scarred that makes it okay for guys not to be interested in her This is fiction I think she d be entitled to a knight in shining armor I felt cheated for her In that regard, I was rather disappointed.
I can t even read through the entire thing fully I keep skimming it and finally reading the end.
Okay, Sisters Red, we need to sit down and have a little chat.
I love strong characters I love strong female character I especially love strong female characters who happen to kick a lot of arse You think there isn t a difference, but actually, there s plenty Because sometimes writers try to have strong, kickass female characters, but only end up with the kick ass part and leave the strong one out.
To put it in another way, whenever I read books like Sisters Red, I feel like the writer wanted something like this But end up with something like this In other words, they try to make a badass character but they think that the only thing that makes them badass is the fact that they well, fight a lot unbelievable how many times you can use the word ass in a sentence The actual plot of the book is a revamp of the original story Little Red Riding Hood Sisters Scarlett and Rosie March were attacked by a werewolf called Fenris, in this world when they were little, and they haven t been the same since Scarlett, badly injured and bitter, spends all her time hunting, while Rosie is torn between her duty and her desire for somethingThings change when their childhood friend and fellow hunter, Silas, comes back from San Francisco, and Fenris start popping around every corner Suddenly, Scarlett and Rosie are forced to look at all the things they were ignoring, and to acknowledge that things need to change.
But hey, you say, that s not all fighting, is it Excellent ground for character development.
Yes, it is And the March sisters do grow into that ground, but not quite in the direction I wished they would go in.
Scarlett was probably the most problematic of the three characters, because she has all the markings of a bad ass character, but her whole story arc seems to be less about her andabout supporting the Silas Rosie romance Let me explain Scarlett s evolution as a character revolves around the fact that she is the older sibling and that she has always protected her sister She also fights a lot, but not just because her grandmother s philosophy stuck it s made clear early in the story that she uses the hunt to make herself feel complete.
And that s all well and good, except in the end, she hasn t moved much past that She s let her sister go, but she can t let go of the hunt out of some weird sense of duty The problem with this is that Rosie isn t the only sister who wishes for a normal life Scarlett does often wonder what might have happened if she hadn t been scarred, but cannot afford the same happily ever after as Rosie in the end, because she doesn t fit in the normal mould in the same way her sister does And it bothers me, because it is such a lazy move The pretty sister and her boyfriend arethan happy to let Scarlett handle all the responsibility while they re out in the world living their normal lives, and they re fine because well, that s what she wants, and doesn t mind being left alone.
Bullshit I know how the story is, but they just come off as a couple of assholes Why couldn t the scarred sister get the guy Why couldn t her character be givendevelopment other than loves to fight and bring justice And don t even get me started on Silas view spoiler So what, he loved Scarlett, but thought she didn t love himthan the hunt And he only thought to tell her after he hooked up with her sister Did it never occur to him to oh, make an effort Try and make Scarlett feel better about herself rather than alienate her and feed her obsession hide spoiler 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 Ferociously Alongside Her But Even As Girls Bodies Pile Up In The City And The Fenris Seem To Be Gaining Power, Rosie Dreams Of A Life Beyond The Wolves She Finds Herself Drawn To Silas, A Young Woodsman Who Is Deadly With An Ax And Scarlett S Only Friend But Does Loving Him Mean Betraying Her Sister And All That They Ve Worked For This was a fun read, without being fluffy Strong characters with flaws, and realistic emotions The story pulls you in quickly with a scare, intrigues you with the unbreakable or so they ve always thought , bond of sisters, makes you sigh with a bit of tenative romance, then wraps you up with a mystery What else could you want A were wolf Ahhh, then meet Ms Jackson s Fenris Sisters Red a book with a little bit of everything that I love in a good book Enjoy.
Best red riding hood retelling ive ever read I loved the wolf hunting it reminded me of supernatural And the two sisters relationship is strained and broken but still so strong I loved the semi love triangle and the friendship between the three of them,So strong and connected and secretive all at once Alot of it actually reminds me of supernatural which might be why i like it so much Looking for the potential and plot twist.
I also really like both points of view Each sisters POV kept me entertained and i enjoyed reading both but i liked Rosies a bit better.
originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers back in 2010 a few months later this review caused a shitstorm online and you can read about it here Ana s take Listen.
I could tell you that for the first pages of this book I was completely engrossed in the story How could I not I mean, a dark, violent even, retelling of Red Riding Hood in which two sisters are the hunters who kill the wolves I am in It helps that the first pages were very gripping back in the past when the kids lived with their grandmother and were attacked by a passing werewolf and Scarlett, the oldest sister, protects the younger Rosie almost to her own death losing an eye in the fight and becoming scarred for life Then, as teenagers they fall in the roles that they have taken for themselves that day Scarlett, the protector, Rosie the prot g e both equally fierce Hunters but with a striking difference Scarlett sees nothing but the hunt, Rosie wants something else for her life.
I could tell you that I like the prose But also that the tale and the alternating chapters between the two sisters get repetitive very soon I could tell you that when the next door neighbour, a woodsman hunter named Silas comes back to town that I knew Rosie would fall for him and that their story was actually quite sweet.
I could definitely tell you that part of what makes me like the book to begin with is the fact that making the two girls the ones who go after the werewolves to kill them is rather an empowering take on the original tale.
I could tell you all that.
But what I really want to tell you is when I hit page 108 of the ARC I went nuts You see, it is part of this retelling that the werewolves are predators who are after young, pretty girls As part of their hunting routine, Rosie will dress up, put on make up and perfume because she usually doesn t do that as she is a natural beauty Obviously, Scarlett, being the ugly, scarred sister, just sits back to attack when Rosie has played the role of prey So, page 108 Scarlett is outside a nightclub observing the girls in the queue to get in They re adorned in glittery green rhinestones, shimmery turquoise and aquamarine powders streaked across their eyelids Dragonfly girls Their hair is all the same, long and streaked, spiralling down their backs to where the tiny strings holding their tops on are knotted tightly Their skin glows under the neon lights amber, ebony, cream like shined metal, flawless and smooth I press harder against the crumbly brick wall behind me, tugging my crimson cloak closer to my body The scars on my shoulders show through fabric when I pull the cloak tight Bumpy red hills in perfectly spaced lines The Dragonflies laugh, sweet, and bubbly, and I groan in exasperation They toss their hair, stretch their legs, sway their hips, bat their eyes at the club s bouncer, everything about them luring the Fenris Inviting danger like some baby animal bleating its fool head off Look at me, see how I dance, did you notice my hair, look again, desire me, I am perfect Stupid, stupid Dragonflies Here I am, saving your lives, bitten and scarred and wounded for you, and you don t even know it I should let the Fenris have one of you No, I didn t mean that I sigh and walk to the other side of the brick wall, letting my fingers tangle in the thick ivy It s dark on this side, shadowed from the neon lights of the street I breathe slowly, watching the tree limbs sway, backlit by the lights of skyscrapers Of course I didn t mean it Ignorance is no reason to die They can t help what they are, still happily unaware inside a cave of fake shadows They exist in a world that s beautiful normal, where people have jobs and dreams that don t involve a hatcher My world is parallel universe to their the same sights, same people, same city, yet the Fenris lurk, the evil creeps, the knowledge undeniably exists If I hadn t been thrown into this world, I could just as easily have been a Dragonfly I felt extremely uncomfortable with this passage, but as much as this is some serious twisted thinking, I can understand Scarlett feeling this way She is an angry character, full of regret, jealousy and being scarred and ugly does get to her seeing as how she keeps going on and on about it So, the text above is in keeping with this character.
BUTTwo lines down and Silas joins her as she observes him His eyes narrow in something between disgust and intrigue, as though he s not certain if he likes looking at them or not I want to comment, but I stay quiet Somehow it feels important to wait for his reaction Silas finally turns to look at me in the shadows It s like they re trying to be eaten, isn t it he asks pointedly Can I tell you how glad I am that and Rosie aren t like them No kidding I grin, relieved Rosie could be if she wanted, though She s beautiful like they are Beauty has nothing to do with it Rosie could never be one of them Do you really think they d dress and act like that if they knew it was drawing wolves toward them No NO NO NO NO JUST NO.
By then, I was beyond uncomfortable, I was downright angry The meta is thus the girls should know better If they knew better, they would change their behaviour and would not be attacked This is what I read But this is not what I should be reading.
NEVER, EVER blame the victims The blame always, always lies with the criminal or predator.
And just like that I am done with the book Because I can t respect the characters who think like this, because I lost respect for their motivation for being hunters it s not about REALLY about protecting the girls is it It is almost about proving a point and if I can t relate with their plight then the book is nothing to me Because the bottom line is this the book empowers women yes, but ONLY certain types of girls, not all of them And I am sick and tired of books that associate girls that are self confident and beautiful with being shallow and superficial and deserving of bad things happening to them SICK AND TIRED.
That is not ok I did read till the bitter end in the hopes that another character would come in and say yo, stewpid, GET A GRIP but alas, no such thing has happened I can t even be bothered to rate this book I will only say FAILThea s Take Clearly, Ana feels VERY strongly about this book, especially about the excerpt above Now, I ll admit that when I first read this passage, I didn t immediately see what Ana picked up on I tend to get annoyed with flitty girls in general, and Scarlett s anger at the dragonflies seems well founded and in line with her character, regardless of whether I liked her character or not As a scarred, bitter young woman dedicated to destroying all Fenris at any cost, this sort of thought process makes perfect sense for someone like Scarlett.
But then, after Ana pointed out the next section, it made me think about the overall message and I stand firmly with Ana Enraged.
Just because a girl is pretty, and likes to look pretty just because a girl goes out to the club in revealing clothes just because a girl likes the attention that comes with being young and attractive, this DOES NOT MEAN she is stupid, or a whore, or fucking asking for it pardon my French, but this is a disgusting mindset and pisses me off to no end It is frustrating no, infuriating beyond belief that the women in Sisters Red are so stereotyped and marginalized Don t get me wrong I love warrior women strong women badass fighter women, as much as the next person But this gross generalization that girls that go out to have fun and be noticed are somehow billions of times inferior to their too tough to look pretty but OF COURSE are effortlessly gorgeous eyes rolling counterparts Nu uh Not cool.
Now, you might be telling yourself, well, these two seem to be taking a single passage a bit far or something to that end Well, folks, unfortunately Sisters Red has a whole lot of other problems too.
1 The characters are mind numbingly repetitive and boring.
Initially, I found a lot to like with Sisters Red The opening scene with Grandma valiantly holding off the big bad wolf to save the children, and then Scarlett s desperate last stand to save Rosie, is EPIC I loved that Scarlett is abrasive and tough, that she s missing an eye and is both terrified of the wolves, yet completely in love with the hunt I love that Rosie is a different person that she cannot remember the past too clearly, and that she clearly loves Lett, but needs to grow to be her own person.
BUT All of this All this promising characterization is exhausted in the first thirty or so pages of the book From then on it isof the same Scarlett gets mad at Rosie for being careless Scarlett goes hunting for Fenris Scarlett gets mad again and wallows in her pit of eternal self suffering Meanwhile, Rosie wants to be taken seriously and thinks Silas is freaking HAWT But she wants to be taken seriously She tries to make peace with Scarlett and Silas is HAWT And so on and so forth.
Things get pretty dull, pretty quickly These characters never felt real to melike your standard cardboard stand ins Just because characters are troubled doesn t immediately mean they are well developed SHOW me Don t keep TELLING me 2 The Romance is the same predictable uninspired tripe.
From the second Rosie sees Silas, and vice versa, it s all he looks different, his jaw is so angular and manly and she looks different, all grown up and beautiful I m paraphrasing of course To be honest, I m sick of it Could this book just have been about the sisters without one of them needing the catalyst of falling in love with the studly boy next door ARGH.
Of course, this could just be me and how burned out I am with YA paranormal romance Lots of people love this stuff I, unfortunately, am at the end of my rope.
3 The hunting element of the story is STUPID Caps lock engaged WHY THE HELL WOULD THESE SISTERS BE HUNTING WITH HATCHETS AS OPPOSED TO I don t know GUNS If Scarlett s true ambition is to take out every single Fenris on the planet, wouldn t it make sense to take out a bunch of them with a semi automatic weapon, as opposed to the good ol woodsman hatchet technique And while scampering around in a blood red cloak is awesome and all, this book doesn t exist in a vacuum The story takes place in MODERN DAY The red riding hood cloaks, while they go great with the idea of the story, aren t exactly congruous with the time period Not to mention, you d think the stupid wolves would remember two chicks one with an eyepatch hunting around not so incognito in bright red cloaks Also, in my opinion the term Fenris is stupid Is it plural Singular Yeah, yeah, I get that it derives from Fenrir but Fenris just looks stupid and forced to me If you re going with Norse mythology, stick with the root name That is, if you re not going with thefamiliar werewolf terminology, which doesn t make sense in the first place given how muchprevalent werewolf is in modern vernacular These were my issues with Sisters Red which arose long before the club scene and they were enough to make me put down the book.
I loved Pearce s debut novel, As You Wish and while I loved the idea of Sisters Red I just enjoy it quite as much as I did As You Wish.
I loved how Pearce portrayed Rosie and Scarlett s world it was almost like they lived in this fairy tale realm that was on the outer edge of a world much like our own, there was something very notable about that And I loved the relationship between the sisters Having two sisters of my own, I understand how strong of a bond sisterhood can be Not to mention that the plot twist was AWESOME, even though I kinda sorta saw it coming And Pearce s writing was top notch just as it was in As You Wish.
But I guess that is where my love for this novel ended I had a really hard time getting into the story It just didn t seem like much was happening Sure there were some kick ass fights every once in a while, but it just wasn t all that interesting I found Scarlett s passion of killing the Fenris to be annoying She was too selfish of a character, and her abilities where just a little too unrealistic for me did she honestly think she could go on with it being just the three of them like this forever Perhaps I would have enjoyed the storyif it would have been told solely from Rosie s point of view Scarlett started to grow on me a little bit there in the end, but I was still bitter with her from all of her crap at the beginning The romance between Silas and Rosie was something that I did enjoy It was sweet and endearing And I almost wish Scarlett might have had a little bit of love to soften her rough edges.
not that love is the answer to everything wrong in Scarlett s world but I think the healing of power of love might have done her a little good.
So to break it down I loved the story, the writing and some of the characters It was a little bit slow for me, and had a hard time getting into, but I am glad that I stuck through and made it to the end.
Le sigh This book should be called Sisters Miss The Point.
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still one of the best songs everso i understand why barnes and noble has this filed under teen paranormal romance, but that is really a terrible designation frankly,it is terrible that such a category even exists, or that there are such a substantial number of books in the section to my way of thinking, it should really only be like half a shelf, like the agriculture section in our store because, really, in nyc, who needs that many books about how to raise chickens teen paranormal romance gross seriously, why are girls so into falling in love with corpses or werewolves kids got some sick kinks these days.
but my point is this is not a paranormal romance it is just a twist on the little red riding hood tale two sisters, with three eyes between em, battle fenris with the help of a dashing woodsmangod, that sounds stupid.
but it s actually really enjoyable when the sisters were young, they were attacked by a fenris kind of like a werewolf, but not dependent upon the cycles of the moon, necessarily one sister sacrificed herself and one of her eyes eee to save her younger sister now they are all grown up, and they battle the fenris wherever they find them, with red cloaks and hatchets and knives and feminine wiles pretty badass scarlett is the older sister, horribly scarred from her years of single mindedly and obsessively destroying fenris rosie is the younger, novice hunter, who feels compelled to hunt because of the sacrifices her sister made for her, but who still yearns for a regular life like a regular girl.
silas is the dreamy woodsman who has known both the girls from childhood and lends his axe to the fight and by axe, i meanwell, axe but also some smoldering feelings.
this could easily be stupid, but it is a really great concept because, see, fenris are drawn to young girls young, pretty, good smelling girls who are too oblivious to the dangers around them girls who maybe get a little too drunk at a club in their miniskirts and tottery heels, who let themselves get into situations that end badly for them mmm marinated in vodka all the better to eat you with, my dear and scarlett is their protector the patron saint of dumb drunk chicks and it would be nice if such a patron saint existed, but they don t, so seriously, ladies stay in control there are all kinds of predators, and not all of them will have doggy breath some may even seem civilized.
the relationship between the sisters was particularly well done theirs is a bond based upon a chilling formative years experience, and a common goal that has to necessarily remain unshared with the greater world with silas, the three of them form this tiny insular circle, binding them ever tighter into what should be a claustrophobic situation, but throughout all of the danger and the petty squabbles and the misunderstandings, their sisterhood prevails it is a wonderful testament to sisters.
i m a little partial short and stout to fairy tale retellings, but even without that setup, it is a pretty cool story about some kickass young ladies and one guy but mostly the ladies i do recommend it to people who like the YA action books, but i honestly wouldn t stress the romantic elements they are not what is carrying this book.
and again, ladies mind the wolves.
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5Hmm, this is a very difficult book to rate One one hand, it contains most of the elements I consider important in a good urban fantasy novel tough heroines, nice love interest but with the story focus being on bigger things than whether or not they ll get together, mean and nasty supernaturals, touch of grittiness yet I still had a few problems I thought Rosie was a very dull character for 95% of the novel, but the worst part was that the whole big mystery would be obvious to anyone with half a brain cell from page 50 onwards especially if you read the blurb which gives everything away.
I find it actually quite odd that Jackson Pearce built it up as such a huge mystery, I was sure that there had to be some twist coming because, honestly, I am one of the densest readers out there and I saw it coming a mile off.
However, the story is very fast paced and easy to read The first 100 pages are just your standard fairytale retelling stuff, bit of background information that draws parallels between this story and the tale of Red Riding Hood, two sisters become hunters to avenge their grandmother s death and also to protect other girls from falling prey to the fenris Things really start to get interesting after the 100 page marker when the girls move to the city and start hunting the bigger predators There s a lot to be enjoyed in this book.
Perhaps the story s strongest aspect, for me, was the relationship between the two sisters It was a strong, convincing bond that people only develop through sharing unspeakable and horrific experiences But I found Scarlett the older sister to be the far better and interesting and just well rounded character After losing an eye and being left deformed in the attack that killed her grandma, Scarlett has become the scarred warrior She is obsessed with hunting and revenge, she loves her sister and would go to extreme lengths to protect her, yet at the same time she holds a secret envy of her sister s beauty and her ability to have a normal life and boyfriend She is the farcomplex sister Whereas Rosie is supposed to be the opposite, a romantic dreamer secretly longing for a normal life outside of hunting I found her boring That is, until she decided to turn out the best quote of the book see top of review.
I was pleased to discover that the description s emphasis on the romance in the novel is not particularly reflective of the story itself The romance is only a very small part of the plot with a male character who is kind and respectful, surprising seeing as Becca Fitzpatrick is quoted on the back of my copy.
So this was a good book, not a great book, but I may read someby this author in the future to see what else she cooks up This is good if you re looking for some light if slightly gory entertainment.