Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Little Red Riding Hood's no sissy!

by Brittany Geragotelis

Before I get into my review of Sisters Red, I have to say how sad I've been about what Sandra Bullock is going through right now! Sandra's always seemed like such a sweet, girl-next-door type...so undeserving of this kind of drama. It has to be unbelievably horrifying and painful to be going through what she's experiencing right now. Being cheated on by the person you love (and exchanged promises/vows not to sleep with anyone else) is devastating enough (What other way can you show someone that you don't care about them or their feelings than by cheating on them!? Seriously people, it's not that hard to keep it in your pants!), but when it's done in such a public way and EVERYONE (and their moms) know about the deception...It's just got to be so hard. Argh!!! (I'm shaking my fist in the air at Jesse)

photo credit: Hodder Children's
Speaking of dogs (the wild kind, not the cheating kind), a little while ago I read a book that had me howling! I was sent an advance copy of Jackson Pearce's new book Sisters Red and all I've got to say is: Wow!

Based loosely on the folktale Little Red Riding Hood, Sisters Red is one of the best reimaginings since Wicked! Seriously...I was hooked from the very beginning and was entertained until the last page.

Here's the gist: After Scarlett and Rosie March witness the murder of their grandmother at the hands of a werewolf, they vow to spend their lives trying to rid the world of the wicked creatures. Along with a local boy from a family of woodsmen, they begin to track down a group of wolves who have begun to gather in their quiet town. Something big is coming and before they know it, the three hunters have become the "hunted."

photo credit: Jackson Pearce
In a world where you can't pick up a book without reading about a vampire (and admittedly, the occasional werewolf), reading something that was as creative as Sisters Red was such a breath of fresh air! The book's told from the perspective of both sisters (alternating chapters), with distinct voices for each. The sisters are both so cool in their own ways...and they have really awesome weapons (how often does a heroine carry around her own hatchet!!!! I mean, could you be more hard-core?). And Pearce even throws in a love story!

I have to admit, there haven't been very many books in the past few years that have really impressed me....but Jackson Pearce has done it! On another note, I could totally see this being made into a movie——man, it would be SO kick-ass!

The book's out in June, so put it on your summer reading list!