Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Double YA Review - Sisters Red & Tsarina

Today I'm reviewing two books, Sisters Red and The Tsarina by Jackson Pearce.

More after the jump!
Summary from Goodreads: Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead. Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for?

Review: I'm just going to preface this by saying that, in my mind the March sisters are related to the March sisters of Little Women fame. And how beautiful is this cover?! Okay, moving on. Sisters Red is like the wolves in the story, in that it rips your heart out. Seriously, I loved this book. While I'm a sucker for a fairy tale retelling, I will be the first to admit that it is a daunting process and more than often a lot of fairy tale redos fall flat. Not this one, Scarlett is a fierce and passionate character who will go down as one of my favorites in recent history. Rosie and Silas are also very well written and the story is told from their alternating points of view. I would highly recommend this book!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads: Natalya knows a secret. A magical Faberge egg glows within the walls of Russia's Winter Palace. It holds a power rooted in the land and stolen from the mystics. A power that promises a life of love for her and Alexei Romanov. Power, that, in the right hands, can save her way of life. But it's not in the right hands.

Review: So FYI this book lists the author as J. Nelle Patrick, which is a pseudonym for Jackson Pearce. I'm going to have to remember to take a Pepcid AC before reading anything by Pearce or her alter ego Patrick, because Tsarina is just as good and unflinching as Sisters Red. I've always enjoyed reading variations of the tale of Anastasia, so this was refreshing to read about something focused on her brother, Alexei. I also loved the details and the way Pearce brought Russia to life in book form. If you are looking for a fast paced, historical YA story, then this is the book for you! Highly recommended.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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