Published: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Little Brown
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal
Scarlet 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 more 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?
Fairy tales are generally never re-told well. In this case, Jackson Pearce should have been the one originally telling the fairy tale! I was blown away by this story! This is not "Little Red Riding Hood" - it is Sisters Red. The March Sisters, to be exact, and they are on a mission to destroy all Fenris. The Fenris are the proverbial "Big Bad Wolf", only these are mean wolf packs, who prey on innocent people.
The March sisters are orphaned as young girls and live with their grandmother, Oma March. One night, they are savagely attacked by the Fenris, and Scarlett is left scarred and with only one eye. As Scarlett and her sister Rosie mature into young adults, the girls train and learn to fight the wolves and save others from being attacked.
A series of disappearances and unsolved murders leads the girls and their old friend, the woodcutter, Silas, into the big city, looking for the Fenris responsible and the Sisters Red are forced into a new world of fighting and adventure they have never before faced.
Jackson Pearce has a magical pen when she writes! This one novel managed to be dark, humorous, romantic, witty, enchanting, and at times, even a little frightening. The suspense begins on page one and literally does not end until the very last page. I could not bring myself to put this book down once I had started.
I am eagerly looking forward to Jackson Pearce's next novel, Sweetly (a re-telling of the classic Hansel and Gretel), which is due out next month.