Sisters Red

Sisters Red

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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?show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • Little, Brown Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0316068683
  • 9780316068680
  • 259,714

Review quote

* "This well-written, high-action adventure grabs readers and never lets go....A satisfying read with a fantastic cover." -- "School Library Journal" (starred review) "Unfolds with steadily increasing tension and unexpected twists to a shocking climax...may well appeal to Melissa Marr's readers and teens who like their fantasy on the gritty side." -- "Kirkus" "Lushly romantic ... Readers of Stephenie Meyer, Donna Jo Napoli, and Shannon Hale will enjoy the excitement, romance, supernatural elements, and fairy tale references." -- "Booklist" "Fairy tales take a modern twist with this action-packed story of strong sisters, deadly wolves, and risky love." -Melissa Marr, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Wicked Lovely" "Darkly powerful and razor-sharp, Jackson Pearce's voice cuts like an ax." -Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, "New York Times "bestselling authors of "Beautiful Creatures" "Suspenseful, scary, and romantic, "Sisters Red "is unforgettable." -Claudia Gray, "New York Times "bestselling author of the Evernight series "If you love your romance hot, your bad guys downright dirty, and your heroines real enough to bleed, this is your book!" -Becca Fitzpatrick, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Hush, Hush" "Stunning; the cleverness of the mythology is equaled only by the heartstopping action. The characters become real-life friends that you never want to let go." -Carrie Jones, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Captivate" ""Sisters Red "is a captivating blend of sisterly devotion, new love, old secrets, and a vicious enemy that threatens to rip everything apart." -Carrie Ryan, "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Forest of Hands and Teeth" "Chock-full of re-imagined monsters, heroic girls, and a very delicious romance, "Sisters Red "is not to be missed!" -Michelle Zink, author of "Prophecy of the Sisters" ""Sisters Red "really has it all: two strong female characters, a sweet romance, tender sisterly love, and nonstop action. . . . It's just plain amazing!" -Cyn Balog, author of "Fairy Tale" "["Sisters Red "is] a sweet and terrifying story I couldn't put down. I would like to apply for the role of March sister number three, please." -A. S. King, author of "The Dust of 100 Dogs"show more

About Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce is the author of Sisters Red and As You Wish. She lives in Atlanta, more

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16,811 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 25% (4,247)
4 33% (5,548)
3 28% (4,645)
2 10% (1,723)
1 4% (648)

Our customer reviews

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. Silas. 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 more
by Janina Andersson Stridh§
If you're a giggly, attractive young girl, then the last thing you should do is talk to that guy outside the club who's cute and is paying so much attention to you. What you should do is get into a very large crowd of people and don't leave with anyone, but to Scarlett March's dismay, the world doesn't work that way. Scarlett vows to protect her sister, Rosie, and the rest of the world from the dangers that lurk around every corner, and in every shadow...Fenris. Scarlett has not only vowed to protect their small town and large cities from the Fenris, but she's also vowed revenge on the Fenris that took her eye, while she was protecting her sister when they were kids. With Scarlett armed with a hatchet and Rosie with her knives, the girls use bright red cloaks and their feminine charm to lure and destroy any and all wolves who take a step into their small town. Rosie has always stood by her sister; she's always had a bond that made them seem more like one heart, one soul, and not two separate people. But now, Rosie is starting to want more out of life than hunting Fenris. When Silas, a young woodsman and their lifelong friend, returns to town, Rosie is drawn to him in a way she never thought possible. The problem with that is, if she falls in love with Silas, it means she's betraying her sister and going against everything they've spent their lives fighting for. When I got my hands on SISTERS RED, I couldn't wait to tear into it because I just knew I was going to love it - but a couple of chapters in I found myself terrified of it. A few chapters later, I decided I could love it and be terrified of it at the same time, and that's how I felt the entire book through. Jackson Pearce has created this world that isn't so much different from ours - it's just an addition on ours, and that addition is werewolves that prey on unsuspecting girls. SISTERS RED is full of lust and desire, whether it's got to do with wanting another person or prey, or just something more out of life than fear or revenge. Part of our story takes place in Atlanta, and once the sisters and Silas take off for the big city, to a seedy apartment to hunt the Fenris, they get more than they bargain for. They find that things aren't always what they seem and that everyone has secrets, no matter how well you think you know them. Ms. Pearce not only created a dangerous and sexy world, but she also told it in a way that didn't lose its excitement. SISTERS RED is told in alternating perspectives (or voices, as I prefer to call it); you hear from both Rosie and Scarlett, and they are two of the strongest protagonists that I've read about in any piece of literature. The March sisters are two characters who aren't easily forgotten and that leave a mark on your mind even when you're done reading their story. I adored Rosie and how compassionate and loving she is and how much she would rather hurt herself than even consider hurting her sister. Scarlett is beautiful in her own right and I think her scars and missing eye make me love her as a character even more - plus, she is just all kinds of kick a**! SISTERS RED is definitely one of my favorite books of the year and has me stalking Jackson's Twitter and YouTube Channel for even a mention of her sequel, SWEETLY. If werewolves aren't normally your thing, give this one a shot. I promise it will change your mind! And to show you just how profound and totally awesome Scarlett is, I'm going to leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book, and it pertains to not only the story, but also to life in general: "No, this is not a mistake. This is a hard, and perhaps cruel, necessity." *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the Little Red Riding Hood and Wolf ( Fenris in this case) connotations throughout the book. It was different. The sisters, Scarlett ( red name) and Rosie ( hmm redish name again( and Silas ( son of a woodsman)..getting the Little Red Riding Hood theme. I loved the way Jackson blended the fairy tale into her story. Scarlett is the kick ass sister with one eye who is stubborn , pretty handy with a hatchet and lives for the hunt. Her sister Rosie the perfect looking, pretty handy with a set of knives..not so much wanting to dedicate her life to "the hunt" but does so to ease the guilt of her sister saving her. Now Silas decided not to follow in his fathers footsteps and brothers footsteps in becoming a woodsman. He too is a hunter in Fenris slaying. These Fenris/wolfs are not the Jacob Twilight kind. These want to lure your daughter to her rather painful and disgusting death and aren't too fussed about leaving a bloody elbow behind. I have a fave chapter..all I will say is if there were some pics in the book it would have been even more entertaining, hilarious chapter. Silas of course makes excellent use of ....the axe!!! I am looking forward to "Sweetly" the more
by Michelle Auricht
Sisters Red is a romantic, action-packed urban fantasy. Imagine Little Red Riding Hood blended with Buffy the Vampire Slayer's wicked fighting skills and determination to take down as many predatory monsters as possible (in this case, Fenris, evil werewolves who prey upon women), and you will have a pretty accurate image of Scarlett March. She was only eleven years old when she first courageously faced off against a murderous Fenris in a effort to protect her little sister Rosie. Since that time, Scarlett and Rosie have both worked hard to become formidable fighters and, along with their childhood friend Silas, have become experts at luring and slaughtering the evil Fenris. Sisters Red is not a bland retelling of the traditional Red Riding Hood story. It is a modern tale about family, responsibility, love, and identity. At the center of it all are two fiercely loyal sisters who tread a fine line between devotion and resentment while in pursuit of a deadly enemy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the companion novels, Sweetly and Fathomless! :)show more
by The Eager Readers
Scarlett and Rosie March are two girls, two sisters, with one heart. They are each others world. They have been since their grandmother was slaughtered by a Fenris and Scarlett threw herself in its path to protect Rosie. Seven years later, they are still each others world, but More... Scarlett is damaged now. She devotes all her time and all her energy to hunting and killing the Fenris. Rosie can't seem to muster the same devotion to the hunt, but she is mustering something for Scarlett's best friend Silas. When the three leave their small town to hunt the Fenris in Atlanta, things begin to change for all of them. Their lives could forever by altered by what happens in Atlanta, in a month, under the moon. Sisters Red looks like it has a lot to offer and it does not disappoint. The story starts off with a bang and an attack and doesn't slow down too much. The chapters alternate POV's between Scarlett, the determined, scarred, older sister and Rosie, the sweet, almost bubbly younger sister. Both girls are polar opposites of one another. Where Scarlett is all hard lines and grimaces, Rosie is softer and I could almost feel the life coming off of her. While completely different people, the girls are connected in a way that I can't even describe. I suppose many sisters have a deep, seemingly unbreakable bond, but I don't have a sister so I have nothing to compare this to. Pearce describes it as the girls being separate beings with one heart. We have the same heart. Where I go, she goes, and where she goes, I go. ~ pg. 138 When they are together, hunting, they feel like one person because they are so entwined with one another. When Silas, the hunky woodsman, begins to take a shine to Rosie, that one heart begins to split. The fight scenes in Sisters Red are action-packed and thrilling. Pearce makes the Fenris life-like and terrifying. Each fight scene had me on the edge of my seat, biting my nails. This is definitely not the Little Red Riding Hood from my childhood. This is fast-paced, dark and twisted. The wolves aren't just going to eat you grandma, they're going to rip you to shreds too. Scarlett, Rosie, and Silas go to Atlanta to make a difference killing the Fenris. Once they're there, things begin to change and tension escalates. Silas and Rosie don't want their entire lives to be wrapped around hunting, as Scarlett does. They begin to grow closer and in doing so, Rosie and Scarlett grow apart. Scarlett has made it her life's mission to protect others from the fate that she suffered at the teeth and claws of the wolves. I feel bad, and almost pity, Scarlett. At times, I found it difficult to even like her because of how angry and hurtful she can be. I can understand her feelings though. After the attack that left her with one eye, she has no desires but to hunt. Her entire life has become the hunt and that is truly a sad thing. Rosie still has the desire to live her life and to explore. She wants more than the hunt and wishes that Scarlett did as well. Their bond is the heart of Sisters Red. Their fight against the Fenris drives them to become individuals and to discover exactly who they are. The twist in the story is a bit predictable, but I still like the way Pearce went about it. Rosie and Scarlett grow stronger, in their own ways, and while it may be bittersweet, they grow up. When I initially picked this book up, I expected it to take place in the early 1900's or something. Instead, I was surprised by a present-day story with a creepy fairy tale twist. It's exciting, scary, emotional, and heartwarming/heartbreaking in a way. It wasn't quite what I expected, but I was pleased with the outcome. Opening line: (From prologue) Stranger never walk down this road, the sisters thought in unison as the man trudged toward them. ~ pg. 1 (From chapter 1) He's following me. ~ pg. 9 Favorite line(s): When we were little, Scarlett and I were utterly convinced that we'd originally been one person in our mother's belly. We believed that somehow, half of us wanted to be born and half wanted to stay. So our heart had to be broken in two so that Scarlett could be born first, and then I finally braved the outside world a few years later. ~ pg. 46show more
by Nikki Meiggs
I'll admit I wasn't overly impressed with Jackson Pearce's debut novel so I was a bit weary on reading another one by her, but I'll just say it now: This book was completely and utterly awesome! I haven't read a book with such a kick ass opening in I don't know how long. From the synopsis you can tell that this is in a way a re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. That's also a fairy tale I used to love as a kid. I absolutely could not get enough of Jackson's spin on things. Sisters Red is written in modern times, but yet still had the magic that an old tale would have. Both sisters were written so well and very developed. I loved reading the sisterly bond between Scarlett and Rosie. They were so much alike yet so different it was the perfect balance between the two. Though sometimes I wanted to strangle Scarlett in her overly stubborn ways, I could sympathize why she was the way she was. The world of how the Fenris are and how one becomes this creature was awesome! I never felt lost like I do in some paranormal type reads. The action in this book will keep you on your toes not to mention the twists that come along as well. Jackson Pearce has won me over and I'm so excited to read more of her darker type of more
by Amber
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