I find it amusing that the composition of both covers are so similar. Being both retellings of the classic story, the stories have similarities as well. However, there are a lot of differences too.
Title: Sisters Red
Author: Jackson Pearce
Published: June 7, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Series: Fairytale Retellings
Acquisition: Christmas Gift from a friend~
Purchase at: Amazon
This is a modernized version of the fairy tale set in America in recent times where we already have technology and common knowledge of certain things. I like that part of Sisters Red. What really ruined it for me was the romance in the story. I cannot even fathom how the two characters could possibly fall in love like that. I’m a sucker for romance, but I hated every romantic scene. I could not fully enjoy the book at all because of this. I just could not understand that relationship and how Scarlette was able to accept it. I just don’t get it.
In Sisters Red, there are two red-hooded girls who are sisters (if that wasn’t obvious enough). Scarlette, the older sister, wields an axe, and Rosie, the younger sister, uses knives to hunt the werewolves. I personally like Scarlette as she portrays a strong, independent woman who does what is right because she knows she has to and there are very few who can actually do it. Rosie, on the other hand, is your typical girl who cares most about falling in love and doing her own thing, which is a little too inconsiderate. I guess that’s just how some people are. They just don’t care.
Overall, I’m not very fond of this book. Or the series for that matter. I mean there are werewolves in Red Ridinghood, but to take it to all the other stories is just weird to me. To read or not to read? I’m quite neutral really, but I’m personally leaning to the not reading.
Purchase at: Amazon
Scarlette is set in the 1700s in France. In the extended version of the book, it will start with an Author’s Note where Juroe explains the perspective of the book and its historical basis. There’s also an extra short story in the extended version, which I wish were longer than it was.
The best thing that my College History professor taught me is that history is hiSTORY. Historical facts should be treated as stories for people to better appreciate them rather than bombarding student brains with all these random facts. It should be related to something which connects to us to find how these facts are relative to us as we are now. And I think that Davonna Juroe did just that. By inserting these historical facts into her story, I was able to actually enjoy history at it should be. I also like how she includes some French words or phrases into her writing, which are either a review of something I learned before or new knowledge on the language. I also like her play with words that adds amusement to how the story can be read.
Scarlette has a lot of fairytale elements – prince charming, damsel in distress, etc. But it also shows how a young and naive girl turns into a strong heroine. There’s a lot to see in this book that would be best read for yourself so I won’t discuss further. (Although if you have read it, feel free to discuss with me. Just send me a message! I’d love to hear from you)
Ultimately, the story kept me guessing and doubting every other character. I really enjoyed it and I couldn’t stop reading until I finished the whole thing, but when I did, I felt like it ended too fast. Despite that, the ending was satisfying. I really loved this book and I recommend that you read it~
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
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