Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings #1)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: June 7 2010
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 axe and Scarlett’s only friend–but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they’ve worked for?
If you have been with me for a while on this blog you will have already picked up on the fact that I love fairy tales. So this book was just right up my alley, with the very classic Little Red Riding Hood at the centre of the story. There are probably a lot of retellings of this tale out there, but this one is a must-read for every fan of the genre! I am absolutely in love with how they revamped the classic tale to the modern day world.
The greatest thing to me is that this wasn’t just the original story in a modern setting, but how it was integrated so fully. The story brought us the background of the story and the lore behind the Fenris in a very good way. It wasn’t all dumped on us at the start of the book, but was slowly weaved between the story. This gave us a very full picture of the world in which this story took place, with enough knowledge the understand why everyone felt the way they did. I also felt that this book went back to the original story a bit, in the way that this story is a lot darker than the polished version of the tale you can find these days. Also the take on Fenris was very good and this too went back to the original.
Let me start discussing the characters by just mentioning that I love love love the fact that Little Red Riding Hood is split into two sisters for this book. It was a great spin on the tale and just made it possible for the book to contain a lot more depth this way. The two sisters have a very different outlook on hunting Fenris, especially due to the reason why they do it. I could really understand why each of the sisters felt how the felt and that was a very positive point in the book. Silas was the love interest in the story, but he filled in a bigger role, which was very good. He served as a bit of a buffer between Scarlett and Rosie as well.
There were some small things that bothered me in the book, but for me these weren’t big enough to ruin the book in any kind of way for me. I could kind of predict where the story was going, and even though they tried to get you of the right plot with a red herring, it didn’t work. So I did know what was coming but wasn’t really bothered by it all that much. Some people who have reviewed this book are bothered by the insta-love in this book. But this was actually a book in which it didn’t bother me at all. They had known each other for a long time before the book had started, so I guess that would be why I didn’t get annoyed by it.
And any of the slightly negative points were definitely wiped off the table by the awesome cover. Because can I just say that I am absolutely in love with the cover art! I also have the second book of the series and it has very similar artwork on the cover, which I love too. Sadly enough the third and fourth book in the series have a different type of artwork. Though it also looks very good, I would have liked to see more of the same covers!
Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings #2)
|Fathomless (Fairytale Retellings #3)||
Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings #4)
P.S. I will definitely be reviewing the next books in the series as soon as I read them!
The synopsis and images were taken from Goodreads.