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Sisters Red (Fairy Tale Retelling) Hardcover – June 7, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: Fairy Tale Retelling (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (June 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316068683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068680
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 8 Up—For Scarlett and Rosie March, the world is not what it seems. Werewolves, called Fenris, live among them in the form of good-looking men who prey on pretty young girls. When a Fenris attacked the March girls, it killed their grandmother and left them emotionally and, for Scarlett, physically scarred. Since then, they have taken action and revenge. With the help of a friend, Silas, the girls are on a mission—to destroy as many Fenris as they can. This goal becomes more complicated when they try to unravel the mystery behind the pack and prevent the next "Potential" from transforming fully into a soulless, evil monster. Pearce is on the mark with this modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Told by the sisters in alternating chapters, this well-written, high-action adventure grabs readers and never lets go. Rosie and Scarlett are true heroines; smart, tough, and determined, but their special bond is put to test when Rosie and Silas's relationship becomes more than just friendship. A satisfying read with a fantastic cover.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Pearce mixes werewolves and classic fairy tales to create a lushly romantic story of two sisters who hunt the Fenris, werewolves who roam in search of adolescent girls to eat. Along with her younger sister, Rosie, Scarlett March was orphaned and nearly killed at age 11 by a Fenris who destroyed her grandmother and left her missing an eye. Eight years later, the sisters have become fierce hunters, avenging their grandmother and protecting unknowing young women with the help of their neighbor, a young woodsman named Silas, who wields a mean axe. Silas loves Rosie, but hesitates to come between the sisters' strong bond. Scarlett and Rosie alternate narrating chapters, giving the reader a clear view of their inner conflicts. Despite plenty of gore and werewolf transformations, it's the compelling love stories that drive the tale—the sisters' affection for each other, the first breathless flush of infatuation between Rosie and Silas, and Scarlett's love of the hunt. Readers of Stephenie Meyer, Donna Jo Napoli, and Shannon Hale will enjoy the excitement, romance, supernatural elements, and fairy tale references. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton

More About the Author

Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn't make it; other jobs she's had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn't tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since. Visit Jackson online at

Customer Reviews

I loved reading the sisterly bond between Scarlett and Rosie.
Amber Lane
The story was very well written, the characters were great and even though you may think you know where its going the getting there is good!
Jackson Pearce takes the simple fairy tale, Red Riding Hood, and adds beautiful detail to it.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mara E. on March 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
The premise of Sisters Red is fabulous. This is Little Red Riding Hood modernized as two girls hunting down ravenous, girl-eating werewolves. What isn't to love about this? Besides the fact that I think it's incredibly ridiculous for people to wear cloaks in today's society (what is wrong with blood red hoodies? certainly those would have done the job and been less conspicuous?), I love modernized fairy tales and the first few chapters of the book don't disappoint. It's bloody and violent and the characters have some personality. Vim. Vigor. Whatever you want to call it.

Until they didn't.

Scarlett is the eighteen-year-old older sister, scarred from a werewolf attack that left her without an eye and a serious chip on her shoulder. Rosie is the sixteen-year-old sister, a hunter in training whom Scarlett loathes to let out of her sight, for good reason since Rosie seems to forget her weapons half the time or takes ill-timed walks in the woods. Silas, the 21-year-old love interest, has his moments, but really where this book starts to stumble all over itself is when Silas and Rosie start making eyes at each other while Scarlett is over there sharpening her weapons whilst looking down her nose at the girls (glittery "dragonflies," as she calls them) she's putting her life on hold in order to save.

I get Scarlett's anger, and her unrestrained jealousy toward girls who have the gumption to act however they want. Although, there are some scenes that do, in fact, read like she'd rather just slice a few girls up to teach them a lesson about where they can and can't go, or do, or be and this left such a sour taste in my mouth that I felt nothing for her. The scene in which she's "too late" to save a girl is particularly damning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Princess Deb on October 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Oh. My. Goodness. This book was so flipping fantastic! I don't think I have words that can adequately describe my feeling!

I think my favorite part of Sisters Red was seeing how the sisters interacted with each other. There aren't many sibling duos out there is YA lit, and those I have found seemed to despise each other, so I was happy to find some sisters who actually kind of got along (most of the time) and worked together. It was also interesting to have the dual narrations, and seeing how one sister would perceive the other, and vise versa.

Even those who don't like paranormal (like me) will be blown away by the plot. It was fast-paced, full of surprises, and hinted at it's Red Riding Hood roots, while being very much it's own story. Some parts were a tad predictable, but so mind-blowing I didn't care.

The history behind the Fenris was fascinating, and it was interesting seeing which parts were influenced by mythology and what was solely the author's imagination. Without giving too much away, I want to say that I think that the way the one becomes a Fenris was genius, and it was so cool seeing how they went about solving that mystery.

The writing was So deliciously wonderful I can't even come up with the right words. I couldn't get enough of it! Luckily, she has more books. I can't wait for more from Jackson Pearce!

CONTENT WARNING *Beware of minor spoilers!*

Language: Moderate (Multiple d*** g** etc... (if there were "badder" words, I quickly forgot them) )
Sensuality: Moderate (Rosie has a difficult relationship with Silas. Rosie takes an art class which includes a nude male model. )
Violence: Heavy (Well, they're werewolf hunters. What do you expect? Lots of blood and gore. Scarlett's eye was ripped out as a child. Rosie is frequently used as bait for the Fenris. Lots of especially violent stuff near the end. )

Recommended age: 15+
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tabitha @ Not Yet Read on March 15, 2012
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2.5 if that
I was more excited to read this book than I was while reading it. It started out great but then it fell short in so many areas that I was pretty agitated by the end.

I do like the glimpses into Lett's feelings when you definitely see her battling with herself. I felt the book was a bit repetitive in how Lett and Rosie kept justifying to themselves why they had to fight for one reason or the other.

The sisterly love was great and I loved the idea of the one heart split between the sisters.

I didn't feel like they built up the romance between Rosie and Silas well enough to make me really think there was a reason there for the romance other than just physical attraction. I mean come on - give me something more to dig into..and onto the underage girl with 21 year old guy. I personally really don't care - but I know this will likely catch a lot of flack. The reality is - this really does happen all the time.

Quick list of things that bugged me, the classes she took (really?), the red capes ( modern fairy tale - this seems out of place), the money (no way could they survive on only pawning stuff), oh and did I mention the insta-love...yeah I guess I did. Ok, so even with all that - I thought Jackson Pearce does show definite potential to someday write books I will read - so I'm open to reading more, I hope I'm not being too harsh.

However, the last third of the book was so obvious I just wanted it to be done. I am sad that I didn't like it more. I really would want to read the next book Sweetly because I really try to give new authors a chance but now I don't think I will unless I win a copy or check it out from the library - but its so low on my list that the chances of that are slim to nil.
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