When I was 12 my mom went to teachers college. She had to move to be able to go, which was odd for me to say the least. But it ended up giving me two things that directly relate to this book. Thing 1: experience ‘parenting’ a younger sibling. Thing 2: An awesome anthology of children’s literature. (I would love to be more specific about this book, but I’ve just spent the last 15 min scouring the house for it and I don’t know where it has gone. It was dark green and hardcover and about 2 or 3 inches thick… but where it has gone, I have no idea. This makes me le sad. 😦 )

So thing 1 was… interesting. Needless to say my sister and I have very different memories of that time. I remember having to get her up and fed and dressed and to school (no easy feat, which usually involved threats and tears from both of us)… tearing her away from Sailor Moon at lunch time… and making a lot of pasta. She remembers me being mean, me being mean, me pulling her hair when I would put it up, me being mean some more, and hating spaghetti for a long while after this year was over. I’d love to say that this brought us closer together right away and things were awesome between us once our Mom returned and restored the parental balance. But I would be lying. I was 12. She was 8. There were many more years of both of us being mean (probably more me though), not talking to each other, and tears to come. But fast forward to now? I think we are closer because of it, and also because we have stopped being so mean all the time. Dare I say it? Did we grow up?? *gasp* Who knew this day would come??? lol But this arc that our relationship took… I think it’s a lot like what the two sisters in this week’s book go through. Just with more sharp weapons. πŸ˜‰

Now thing 2. Thing 2 was my favourite book for so long because of one thing. Roald Dahl’s poem about Little Red Riding Hood. Here’s a link to the full text, I highly recommend you read it. NOW. lol

No, seriously. Go now. I’ll wait.

Ok. So this poem totally tickled my fancy. I used it for auditions for school plays, recited it to strangers for funzies, and even used it in my Children’s Materials class last year at library school. I ❀ THIS POEM FOREVER. Understand? πŸ˜‰ It’s totally twisted and different, and spins off from the original fairy tale that we are all familiar with in a delicious way. (Now that I think about it, it’s just as awesome as Lizzy’s Lion by Dennis Lee. If you can get your hands on that book, do. You won’t regret it.) And this is what I love very much about this week’s book. It is a brilliant reinterpretation of the Grimm Fairy Tale (and you already know how much I like those…) that works in the modern world and maintains all of the fabulous horror that those original tales were meant to incite.

And now, it is my great pleasure to share with you this week’s kick-ass book:

Book cover of Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Summary:

Scarlett and Rosie March live very happily in the forest with their Grandmother. Until one day when a salesman comes to their door. This is no ordinary salesman. In fact there is nothing at all ordinary about him at all. He changes into a wolf, attacks and kills their Grandmother and Scarlett has to fight him to the death to protect herself and Rosie.

Left alone after the death of their neighbour, the woodsman who looked after them after the wolf attack, Scarlett and Rosie spend their time fighting the wolves who prey on young women. Scarlett is obsessed with ridding the world of these wolves, but Rosie wonders if there isn’t more to life than hunting down evil beings. Then Scarlett’s friend, Silas, returns from a trip out west and Rosie becomes sure that there is more to life than hunting. At the same time, they all notice that the wolves have increased in numbers and set out to hatch a plan to bring them all down.

But will their plan work? And will Scarlett let Rosie be more than the skilled hunter she herself has become? Or will they all die fighting the evil wolves?

Review:

Ok, so I just have to get this out of the way. As I was finishing this book I had an epiphany. And while you may not understand this until you read the book (do it!), you might still chuckle or LOL like I did. πŸ™‚

Scarlett could be Batman.

Totally.

Like this:

Or this:

She would seriously just need sufficient start-up capital. Oh and an Alfred.

But then she would be Batman.

Ok, so aside from the Scarlett/Batman realization, what did I think of this book? Well I loved the heck right out of it. This sucker’s got something for everybody. Action, romance, mystery, intrigue, blood, guts, gore… and it’s really well written. Jackson Pearce has certainly moved on to my short-list for ‘Fav YA Author Discovered This Year’. Otherwise known as my FYAADTY list. πŸ˜‰

Her characters are well fleshed out and definitely believeable. Like I mentioned in my preamble, I really related to Scarlett and Rosie. It’s not easy having a sibling, especially when you feel that you aren’t as good as they are or you feel that you are indebted to them.Β  Sibling relationships are complex, and the fact that Jackson Pearce can write a book from both perspectives and show them to be of equal merit and depth highlights her skill as a writer.

But it isn’t just her characters that shine in this book. Jackson Pearce put together one hell of an action-packed plot! This book was a total page turner, that sucked me in and only very reluctantly let go. You know you’ve got a good book on your hands when hours pass and you don’t even notice! The fight scenes in the book were very awesome too. I love the idea of two kick-butt girls taking on deadly wolves with only their training and blades to keep them safe. And I also really liked the fact that both Scarlett and Rosie didn’t leave the battles unscathed. There is nothing more insulting than a book or movie that tries to sell the idea that you can come out of a fight without a mark on you. I can barely walk around my house without slamming into something, let alone fight someone to the death (which I’ve never even come close to doing btw… but I’m using my imagination here!) and come through it all unscathed. I remember a pillow fight ending in a bloody nose, and a judo battle that ended up with me at the orthodontist and my sparring partner with shredded knuckles. Neither of my combatants in these two cases were demon wolves btw. πŸ˜‰

And the last reason I loved this book is because of Silas. Dear, sweet, wonderful Silas. Silas, who knew enough to let the girls fight and not try to be macho and steal their power. I loved him for that, and for loving Scarlett and Rosie for who they were. Not going to lie, but if my boyfriend weren’t so awesome… I’d totally go and see if Jackson Pearce modeled him on a real guy. See if I could get his digits. πŸ˜‰ lol

Rating: 5 of 5 star rating

I flipping loved this book. Devoured it hole. And now I am very impatiently waiting for Jackson Pearce’s next book to come in. Fingers crossed that it comes soon. πŸ˜€ There is always time in my life to curl up with an awesome fairy tale!

How to get this book:

  1. book
  2. e-audiobook

I would just like to point out that Jackson Pearce has a YouTube channel. She’s also a pretty awesome puppeteer apparently. I think I’m in love. πŸ˜€

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