18 June, 2010

That's a Lot of Catching Up

You know, I've read about 20 books since the last time I did a full-fledged review post. The list is here. I almost feel like I can't go back and review them all because the sheer volume of catching-up-to-do makes me want to quit reading and make knitting my one and only hobby. (Just kidding. I love knitting, but I don't think I could ever actually quit reading. Or meat-eating. Or cookies.)

So, I'll give you a quick one on my latest book, and then pick up from there.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Publication date: June 7th, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 10/13:  0316068683 / 9780316068680

Category: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Keywords: Wolves, Sisters, Family, Secrets, Action/Adventure, Romance

Find the synopsis on goodreads.com.

How I found out about this book: Started following Jackson Pearce on Twitter

Quickie: Wolves, weapons, and an eye-patch-wearing heroine. Who can stay away?

My review: I've been burned by a lot of pretty covers with nothing between the boards but a flaccid romance, an over-reaching plot and wispy, if at all present, themes. So when Sisters Red hit the shelf I borrowed it and let it sit around for a week before I made a commitment to read a few pages. I mean, look at that cover! Eye candy, but what's in it?

By page 22 I had made a buying decision, returned my loaner copy, and brought my very own book home. By page 77 I had forgotten I had a headache. By page 259 I was biting the nails off the hand that wasn't holding the book. Trust me, this one's a keeper--the insides as beautiful as the outside. Meaty plot, scorching-hot romance, and fiesty female protagonists make Sisters Red a must-read.

The imagery, intricacy, and the subtle, but not-so-subtle construction of this story made me wish I had written it. Come on: Scarlett, scarred, inside and out, trying to shelter her little sister and make her grow up at the same time. Rosie, trying to be brave, training to hunt, trying to be just like Scarlett, and still wondering who she would be without the wolves. Silas, cut off from his family, wedged between two lovely, if bloodthirsty girls--well, you can see where this is going? Or can you?

I loved the trio of main characters, the tension between sisters and would-be-lovers, the truly terrifying natures of the evil creatures they hunt (and strangely more unsettling, the real-world evils that they don't touch). This was a well-balanced, expertly conceived YA novel, and the first to make it to my Top Ten of 2010 list.

I have more to say, but it's almost 2 am and you're going to read it anyway, aren't you? For more comments, visit my Goodreads.com review.

Sisters Red is Jackson Pearce's second novel.
Find the author at http://jacksonpearce.com, on Twitter @jacksonpearce

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/sistersred

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What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)


  1. hey I just found your site through Goodreads - I didn't know you had a blog too! How fun.

  2. Well...Atleast youre able to move forward.

  3. I just got this book in the mail today and I can't wait to read it!!