Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
|Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce|
|Reviewer: Jill Murphy|
|Summary: Enjoyable paranormal romance, riffing Little Red Riding Hood and featuring strong female lead characters and the most revolting werewolves this reviewer has ever encountered. Fans of the genre will eat it up.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 352||Date: June 2010|
|External links: Author's website|
Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris - the werewolves that took her eye and savaged her body during a brutal attack when she was just a young girl. Scarlett managed to save her sister Rosie, but Grandma Oma died horrifically. Scarlett's body is marked by scar after scar and the scars never let her forget. She lives and breathes the hunt, killing Fenris after Fenris and saving teenaged girl after teenaged girl.
Rosie lives the same life - but she doesn't feel the same way. Simultaneously thrust into violence and over-protected by Scarlett, Rosie does understand the threat posed by the Fenris. But she hankers after some semblance of a normal life too. But she says nothing - she owes Scarlett her life, after all, and if that means it's a life filled with the hunt, then so be it.
And then Silas returns from the city and instant attraction springs up between Rosie and Scarlett's hunting partner. And the Fenris converge on Atlanta, looking for the Potential, a seventh son of a seventh son who can be turned for just one lunar month every seven years. Suddenly, the tensions become unbearable, and something has to give...
Jackson Pearce riffs the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale all through this fashionable paranormal romance. It's an enjoyable read, with strong female central characters - even Rosie, the more nurturing one of the two, is a master of hand to hand combat and can throw a knife with unerring accuracy. Scarlett is an absolute one-woman wrecking ball.
Unlike many books in this feverish sector at the moment, Pearce's Fenris are not glamorous lycanthropes. In fact, they are utterly gruesome and by far the most revolting werewolves I've encountered. But there are plenty of nods to the readership's obsession with all things romantic and sexy in the burgeoning but secret relationship between Rosie and Silas.
I'm not sure quite how much new it brings to an overheated genre, even with the fairy tale motif, but it's tense and exciting, and its fanbase will absolutely love it.
My thanks to the good people at Hodder for sending the book.
If they prefer their werewolves in a horror/fantasy setting, they'll like Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide by William Hussey. Changeling by Steve Feasey casts the lycanthrope in a much more glamorous light.
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