Welcome to the second to last Off Our Shelves blog book club post for the Sisters Red session. We are reading Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. The post itself will not have any spoilers, but the comments might, so tread carefully.
This week, I will be posting a book review and I will end with the announcement of a culminating project that all of the members will be doing. Don’t worry! It’s not a boring project.
About the Book
Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Source: The library
Publication Date: June 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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?
One of the best things about this book is the relationship between Scarlett and Rosie. I loved the way that they worked together to hunt the Fenris and thus, save the world. It was clear that they both knew each other very well because they could always anticipate the moves that the other sister was going to make. They are also very caring and protective of each other. However, at the same time, the relationship is realistic because there are many times when Scarlett and Rosie fight, like any normal siblings do. The realistic quality of Scarlett and Rosie’s relationship helped me to appreciate the story more.
I also loved how the fairy tale of Red Riding Hood was retold in this story. Many of the classic elements from the original fairy tale show up in the story. Some of these aspects include the grandma being killed, Silas, the woodsman and Fenris hunter, the red cloaks that Scarlett and Rosie wore, and the Fenris, which were wolves. At the same time, the book was a different story with unique and interesting twists on the old tale.
One thing that I did not like was the romance between Rosie and Silas. At many times, Rosie was too cliche. She fell head over heels for Silas, but disgustingly so. She actually swooned over him, and Silas was the only person that ever filled her mind. Throughout the book, she got so wrapped up in her love for Silas that she didn’t take the time to help Scarlett, who was sacrificing the fun things in life to save the world. This made me get annoyed at Rosie, and when I don’t like a character, the story generally is not fun to read.
Another thing that I did not like was the predictability of the book. I could easily see the plot twist at the end of the book coming when I was only in the middle of the book. The clues that the author dropped were not subtle enough to mask the plot twist and I wasn’t left guessing and racing to finish the book to find out what would happen. Therefore, the book was not as entertaining and suspenseful as it could have been.
One thing to keep in mind is that there is a lot of violence in this book. Readers who do not like reading about blood and gore will probably not enjoy this book.
Overall, I loved the wonderful sister-to-sister relationship in this book, as well as the way the fairytale was retold. However, the romance was poorly done and the suspense level was not well maintained.
The Culminating Project
Now to finish this last session of the Off Our Shelves blog book club, we’re all going to do a project. Here are three different options:
Retell the book in gifs.
- Make an alternate cover.
- Write a poem based on some aspect of the story.
Book club members, I am so excited to see what you make. When you’re done, please post it on your blog. I’ll do mine and post it when I finish it, as well. If you’re not a member, feel free to do the project and post it on your blog, too.
What are your opinions on Sisters Red? Like it? Not like it? Why?