Part of my Christmas Re-reading. Rather festive, don't you think?? :)
Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Release Date: June 7, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown
Pages: 326 (Hardcover)
Red Riding Hood's okay, but Sisters Red is way cooler, and way more bad-ass. ;) Like if Red could kick butt, wielded sharp knives, and was gritty as hell with a chip off her shoulder. And a little sister. I figured me and my sister could be like Scarlett and Rosie, if we had knives and could beat the crap out of Fenris when they tried to kill someone and Rosie was older. My sis can be feisty, she'd fit as Scarlett. ;)
Scarlett and Rosie March, sisters who feel like they each have one half of the same heart, live alone in a small cottage. Scarlett loves hunting Fenris, werewolves that lure young girls to them, and has hunted them since one scarred her for life while she protected her younger sister. Rosie wants to be just like her big sis, but dreams of a life away from hunting, away from weapons and buying 11 packs of gauze every few weeks. They've got an unbreakable bond, but their differences are threatening to drive them apart, especially when Silas, an old friend comes back, and different packs arrive to jack up the body count.
I kept thinking of my sister as I read this, mostly because she's the only sibling I have, and while Scarlett and Rosie were similar, they had their differences. Scarlett was rough while Rosie was soft and sweet. Scarlett was logical while Rosie's the dreamer. Their relationship was so realistic, so perfect. I could just see them arguing right in front of me, bright red cloaks swirling, Fenris blood dripping from Scarlett's hatchet.
The involvement of Silas was almost like a wedge slowly splitting them apart. His ability to get to Rosie shows here that her and her sister aren't the same person, that she doesn't have to spend the rest of her life hunting, that she doesn't have to bandage cuts and scars every other night and live in a small, dusty cottage, even if it's what Scarlett wants. It was a little sad, seeing their separation, but they'll always love each other. They'll always be linked together, even if they don't share the same heart.
This is a great book for sisters, for people who wants to see what a sister will go through to save the other, for people who like werewolves without being obvious about it and a bit more normal/regular character development, and all fans of Little Red Riding Hood stories.