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Sisters Red

Sisters Red

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce is sort of a Little Red Riding Hood Adaptation – but I find it pretty faintly related.  There are the sisters.  They wear red hoods.  There are wolves.  There is a Grandma.

Scarlett and Rosie, the sisters, are Hunters of Wolves.  The Fenris (werewolves) are evil, soulless creatures who lure and kill innocent young girls.  After losing Oma March and an eye to a Fenris while protecting her younger sister, Scarlett has made it her life’s mission to hunt and kill every Fenris she can.  Rosie also hunts – though more out of obligation to Scarlett than enjoyment.  The two are aided by Silas, a young woodsman.  For Rosie and Silas, hunting isn’t everything, a fact that Scarlett cannot comprehend or accept.

The Hunt is on – and time is running out.

I am not sure if I liked this book or not. I read it aloud with my two sisters.  We took turns reading the Scarlett / Rosie chapters, and reached the consensus that it wasn’t our kind of book.

I didn’t like Scarlett.  She was too single-minded and obsessed, dwelling on either the Fenris or on her own scars.  For Scarlett, the world was completely black and white – good vs. Fenris – and it got old pretty quick.  I mostly liked Rosie (except for her moments of self-hatred).  She was at least a little more rounded, and experienced some character development.  I did like Silas, who provided a nice balance against both girls.

The fight scenes were exciting, and I was glad there was a little bit of a love story, although all in all, it was a pretty gory and DARK of book.

I thought the ending – while not toe-curlingly satisfying, was right.

Update: I will give this one a 2.5/5.

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The Seven Towers

Sadly, my grand plans for reading a bunch during the long weekend did not come to fruition.  We took the train to Ottawa and I discovered (much to my dismay) that train travel = motion sickness.  I spent most of the ride there in a (very unattractive) gravol-induced slumber.  I kept waking periodically to find myself in the most uncomfortable, mouth-open positions.  On the way back I managed to stay awake long enough to read the Seven Towers, the only book I’d managed to download on my Kobo in my rush to get out of the house (clearly technology and me don’t mix because I had gotten a bunch from the library I just didn’t transfer properly).  It was sort of disappointing though, since I realized soon after I started that I’ve already read the Seven Towers and wasn’t too enchanted with it.  (Although it DID manage to push back my gravol-induced slumber so that I only slept half of the trip, so maybe it’s better than I give credit for).

Anyway, The Seven Towers by Patricia C. Wrede:

The Seven Towers

Okay, so I’ve already given it way, but I wasn’t too thrilled with this book.  It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t very captivating.  I felt like it jumped around too much that I never really got to know any of the particular characters well enough that I liked or sympathized with them.  I also felt like there was a lot of build up to a climax that deflated like a sad, spent balloon rather than bursting into glory with a bang.

The gist I will quote from Goodreads:

“They are seven players in a game of deadly magic— Eltiron, Prince of Sevarin; Crystalorn, Princess of Barinash; Ranlyn, the desert rider; Jermain, the outlaw; Vandaris, the soldier; Carachel, the Wizard-King; and Amberglas, the sorceress. Each of them has a secret, and each fights his or her part in the thrilling battle that has put seven kingdoms on the very edge of destruction.”

Eltiron I found tiring. Crystalorn I liked, but saw too little of.  Ranlyn was too much of a stereotyped character for me.  Jermain was interesting but I felt like his character should have been developed more.  Vandaris seemed similarly “flat”.   Carachel was too cryptic and I still really didn’t understand his motivations. Amberglas I found annoying. It was like I ought to find her endearing but her tendency to ramble and neglect to finish her thoughts was irritating instead.  So, I didn’t really like any of the main characters which was a let down.

I’m making it out to seem really bad – and it wasn’t.  It was a pleasant read, just not a great one.

Overall, I would say 2.5 / 5.  Average.

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