Sisters Red

It’s no secret that I love the young adult genre. I also love fairy tales, especially when there is a new spin on an old traditional favorite, which is one point that prompted me to read Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red.

In this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, the main characters take matters into their own hands. As children, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March are attacked by a big bad wolf right after he slaughtered their grandmother. Scarlett, being the oldest, shielded Rosie from the Fenris’ attack, losing an eye and gaining many scars in the process. As they grow up, they train to hunt these beasts, along with their neighbor, Silas.

But something is causing the Fenris in the area to work together, the packs combining to form a greater strength. Together, Scarlett, Rosie, and Silas move into the city, where the numbers of Fenris are higher, hoping they can make more of a difference. But the monsters have other things on their mind besides hunting young girls. The girls soon discover that conditions are just right for the wolves to add a member to their numbers. They are searching for a specific guy, designated as “the Potential.” A single, well-timed bite is all that’s required to change him into a soulless monster.

Scarlett is single-minded in her desire for the hunt, feeling it her responsibility to protect others, because she knows the truth. Silas and Rosie, on the other hand, want more out of life besides just hunting. They are drawn together and eventually fall in love. When Scarlett finds out about them, she takes to the Atlanta streets feeling too betrayed to stay at the apartment. During her brief absence, she discovers the identity of the Potential, which definitely changed her perception on what matters in life and those she cares about.

Packed full of action, there was not a dull moment in the novel. It’s as charming as an original fairy tale, but has modern elements that do not disappoint. I’m looking forward to reading Sweetly, Jackson Pearce’s most recently published book in the Fairytale Retellings set.