Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

A strong re-imagining of the little red riding hood story, this teen novel moves like a hungry wolf, and isn’t afraid to throw a bit of good old fashioned gore around. Scarlett (Lett) and Rosie March are attacked by a tattoed wolf-man during their childhood, and their innocence and Scarlett’s eye are ripped away. Knowing what they know about the clans of wolf men, they train to fight the monsters, learning how to lure them with red cloaks (the colour of lust and sex), swaying hips, and high pitched girlish laughs. They grow up learning axe and dagger craft, and dodging child services in the small town of Ellison. When Scarlett’s fighting partner Silas returns from a trip to San Fran, the numbers of wolf-men take a hike, and the three are thrown into a plot that grows thicker than fur.
The plot is fun, the fight scenes are fast and furious, the romance is kept to a bare minimum and Sisters Red is appropriate for age 12+ (which is actually hard to find in this fast-growing world of paranormal romances. This IS one the younger lasses can read as long as they aren’t easily gorrified).
A fun read for a rainy day, much like Shiver & Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, but with less science and more fairy-tale. And the awesome cover is a bonus.

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~ by ConsanguineousMind on August 11, 2010.

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