Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sisters Red... finally.

Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Year Published: 2010

Synopsis: The story of Scarlett and Rosie March, two highly-skilled sisters who have been hunting Fenris (werewolves) -- who prey on teen girls -- since Scarlett lost her eye years ago while defending Rosie in an attack. Scarlett lives to destroy the Fenris, and she and Rosie lure them in with red cloaks (a color the wolves can't resist), though Rosie hunts more out of debt to her sister than drive. But things seem to be changing. The wolves are getting stronger and harder to fight, and there has been a rash of news reports about countless teenage girls being brutally murdered in the city. Scarlett and Rosie soon discover the truth: wolves are banding together in search of a Potential Fenris -- a man tainted by the pack but not yet fully changed. Desperate to find the Potential to use him as bait for a massive werewolf extermination, the sisters move to the city with Silas, a young woodsman and long time family friend who is deadly with an axe. Meanwhile, Rosie finds herself drawn to Silas and the bond they share not only drives the sisters apart, but could destroy all they've worked for.

Why?: Paul chose this book way back in August because he follows Jackson Pearce on YouTube and thinks she's hilarious. I'm reading it because I have to.

Expectations: I expect this to be a nice, modern take on a classic fairy tale. I love all of the different ways Little Red Riding Hood can be interpreted, and I like that the girls aren't helpless & innocent and actually hunt the wolves instead of being hunted by them. I expect that, like all YA novels, the romance will be a pretty big part of the plot. The sister thing will probably be a central theme as well. Otherwise, what's the point of even having sisters? Why not just have one Little Red?

Judging a book by its cover: Like Paul, I really like how the cover is constructed. It's fantasy enough to attract the crowd that loves the supernatural vampires/werewolves/etc genre, but it's also got enough to draw in the crowd that's so over all of that. I think the fact that all three characters are mashed into one drawing mean that there is some deeper connection between the two girls and the wolves. Or something.

Judging a book by its cover is way more difficult when you've already read the book. As is trying to remember your expectations. I really need to do this first blog before I start reading the books I'm blogging about.


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