Review: Sister’s Red



Originally posted Jan. 8th, 2016 on Goodreads

I picked up this book because I am and always have been fascinated by different representations of werewolves.

I was very disappointed with this book.

The werewolves, called Fenris for some unexplained reason, served as flat monsters that popped up when the story got too slow. That’s saying something considering how slow the story was. I was not a fan of any of the characters to be perfectly honest. I found the two “sisters red” Scarlet and Rosie to be manifestations of the things I hate most: flat female characters with guns.

Some people think all it takes to create a dynamic and interesting female character is to make her as unlike the traditional female role as possible and give her some combat skills. Unfortunately that’s exactly how both characters read. The amount of second hand girl hate in the book is ridiculous. The worst of it came from Scarlet with lines such as “Stupid, stupid Dragonflies. Here I am, saving your lives, bitten and scarred and wounded for you, and you don’t even know it. I should let the Fenris have one of you.” Beauty isn’t everything, but it isn’t a crime. She is also equating other girls to bugs, as if their interests and ignorance to the situation aren’t valid. A page later the girl hate continues, this time from Silas, Rosie’s love interest and the sister’s longtime friend: “It’s like they’re trying to be eaten, isn’t it?” He asks pointedly. “Can I tell you how glad I am that you and Rosie aren’t like them?” What the fuck is that supposed to mean?

Maybe I’m too much of a feminist critic. But that doesn’t excuse the lack of characterisation and plot that plagued this story. Silas and the sisters have an unbelievable relationship. Nothing develops from them besides Scarlet’s angst and Rosie’s crush on Silas. The story also makes very little logical sense as it progresses. There is a lot of talking and meaningless actions, but not a lot accomplished for about 200 of the books 324 pages, and a lot of what does happen is annoyingly convenient (looking at Pa Reynolds’ nursing home just being right there for Scarlet to be at and Rosie magically having a lighter while kidnapped). Also, anyone who knows anything about plot twists will see Silas being the potential a mile away. I was actually very disappointed he didn’t turn and have Scarlet kill him. The pacing of the story was awful, one of the worst I have seen. The world building was surprisingly worse. I believe that Pearce missed a great opportunity to dig into the already rich werewolf lore available and focuses too much on the melodrama of the three main character’s relationships. If she had better built her world I could have also ignored her shitty dialogue.

Werewolf fiction is a dangerous place for readers who like well written and well thought out stories. Sisters Red has been another letdown in the search for the perfect werewolf novel.


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