Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Sisters red by Jackson Pearce

Release date: June 3rd 2010Published by: Hodden Childrens books

Number of pages: 346
Series: Sisters Red #1

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 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?

For most part of this book, I thought it was good. 
I thought it was a good story, with good characters and good writing. It didn't really stick with me though, sometimes while sitting down to read, I had to skim through the previous chapter because I couldn't really remember what happened. 
But the last one hundred pages, bumped it up from 'good' to 'great'.

I did not like Scarlett at all in the beginning. If I were to describe Scarlett with one word (made up by myself) it would be Katniss-y. She's in total survival mode and hard as a rock, focusing only on hunting and killing. Now, towards the end, we get to see more of Scarlett's softer side, she's not just a sick, hungry-for-the-kill beast but merely a young girl, and all she really wants to do is protect her sister, and other girls, from being eaten by the Fenris. And that, is alot more interesting to read about.

I didn't really like Rosie all that much in the beginning either, she's portraied as 'The Prim' of the story (Sorry for all the Hunger Games references people :S). 
But, later, we find out that, she's really not. 
She is a strong girl, capable of defending herself, and a great hunter. She just doesn't want to spend her life killing Fenris.
Rosie had a hard time convincing herself that this was okay, that she didn't have to follow her sister around everywhere and do exactly what she does. She needed loads of convincing by a certain boy.
This leads us to my favorite character in Sisters Red.

I liked Silas from the first chapter. He's strong, independent and willing to fight, but he's convinced that there's more to life than just hunting. And he's right, the world will not end if he takes one guitar class, or if Rosie takes origami class, or if you spend an hour talking, kissing and giggling with your girlfriend-an hour that in Scarlett's mind should be spent hunting.
He's not just physically strong but also mentally. Silas suffers through alot of pain, his siblings being very angry at him, his father not remembering him or his brothers and sisters names (or anything else, for that matter), and Scarlett being angry with him for leaving her and Rosie to live in San Fransisco for a year. But he deals with it in a great way. He's not whiny, in fact, he's the opposite of whiny, spreading sunshine everywhere he sets his foot down.

The suspense, action, love, drama and exitement that is the latter part of the book is simply astonishing. Scarlett, Rosie and Silas all really grow as characters and all of them become much more likeable towards the end.

I reccomend you reading this book with an open mind. Sure, sometimes the cheesiness got overwhelming, sometimes you'll want to punch Scarlett in the face, but the ending makes up for all of that ten times over.

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