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SISTERS RED by Jackson Pearce is a stunning YA urban fantasy that riffs on the classic fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood. Because I suck at blurbage, I'm going to give you the official description instead:

The story of Scarlett and Rosie March, two highly-skilled sisters who have been hunting Fenris (werewolves) – who prey on teen girls – since Scarlett lost her eye years ago while defending Rosie in an attack. Scarlett lives to destroy the Fenris, and she and Rosie lure them in with red cloaks (a colour the wolves can't resist), though Rosie hunts more out of debt to her sister than drive.

But things seem to be changing. The wolves are getting stronger and harder to fight, and there has been a rash of news reports about countless teenage girls being brutally murdered in the city. Scarlett and Rosie soon discover the truth: wolves are banding together in search of a Potential Fenris – a man tainted by the pack but not yet fully changed. Desperate to find the Potential to use him as bait for a massive werewolf extermination, the sisters move to the city with Silas, a young woodsman and long time family friend who is deadly with an axe. Meanwhile, Rosie finds herself drawn to Silas and the bond they share not only drives the sisters apart, but could destroy all they've worked for.

Sounds cool, non? Well the bad news is that it's not out in the UK or the USA until 3rd June but I'm giving away an ARC now because I've read it, loved it and want to spread the werewolf hunting lurve.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this LJ either telling me what your favourite fairytale of all time is, or what your favourite retelling/adaptation of a fairytale is.


1. Leave a comment on this LJ telling me what your favourite fairytale of all time is, or what your favourite retelling/adaptation of a fairytale is.

2. The winner will be chosen at random using a random generator.

3. You don't have to have an LJ account or be a friend of this LJ to enter this contest but if you don't have an LJ account then please tell me how I can contact you if you win (e.g. leave an email address or link to a blog or whatever in your comment). This is purely so I know how to contact you and can speed up the process of getting the prize out.

4. You can comment as many times as you want (e.g. to change your mind), but each individual only gets one contest entry.

5. Comments must be posted before 23:59 (British Summer Time) on Monday 17th May 2010.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Wednesday 19th May by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address within 1 week (i.e. by 23:59 British Summer Time on 26th May 2010), or else another winner will be drawn.

7. The giveaway is open to anyone regardless of age or location BUT please note that the prize will be sent by post and I have no responsibility or liability for the vagaries of local mail systems.

8. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

9. The Judge's (i.e. my) decision is final.


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May. 10th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Sisters Red sounds so exciting! *covets*

[Current] Favorite fairy tale: "Bearskin," as told by the Brothers Grimm
May. 10th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
this sounds like a really interesting book. I normally don't read YA but I am intrigued.

My favorite fairy tale is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I don't think there has been a retelling of this fair tale which is a shame.
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May. 10th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I love Hansel and Gretel. The bread crumbs were so genius! stupid birds.
May. 10th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
I always felt a bit bad for the witch in that story ...
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May. 10th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
My favorite fairytale has always been Beauty and the Beast. It's far and away the most character-based fairytale. Indeed most renditions don't include a "villain" at all. Instead of Hero goes to rescue Rescuee using Weapon of Smiting, you have two people who change, the whole story is pretty much nothing but internal transformation. This allows for some pretty trite versions it's true, but also for incredible metaphors. And no simple "Kill the villain and save the day!" to get you out of it. It's the least black and white story I've ever found, in or out of fairytales.

My favorite rendition is Robin McKinley's Rose Daughter. Her first version, Beauty, is much more straightforward, and I am fond of it. But Rose Daughter was richer, stranger, and also had a quirk at the end which I'd always wanted to see and was delighted by.
May. 11th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I've read Robin McKinley's Beauty, but I really want to read Rose Daughter. I love her work so much!
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May. 10th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Current favorite is Twelve Dancing Princesses; Jessica Day George just did a fabulous retelling, as did Diane Zahler, both of which I was very excited to see.
-Dot, from the AW cooler
May. 10th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
My favorite fairytale is sleeping Beauty (does that count as a fairytale?) I love it, because I am a hopeless Romantic at heart, and love that the only thing that will break the spell is a kiss from prince charming. It's sweet.

I am really wanting to read sister's red. I am looking for a copy of as you wish, but not having much luck, unless I want to order from the internet.

May. 10th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
My favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast. I love that the story represents inner beauty(among of things) I like how the story teaches go to dig deeper than just face value.

I don't have a retelling, well I go it's just I can't remember it.
May. 10th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
I actually cant decide between The Princess and the Frog or Beauty and the Beast. I like how Beauty and the Beast tells children how we should look past looks and focus on the beauty inside. I also like how in The Princess and the Frog (movie) how the girl chose to be with the guy even though he had turned her into the frog, it shows how to be loyal.
May. 11th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
One of my childhood favorites was Ella Enchanted. I haven't read a fabulous retelling recently, so your review has my attention piqued! Sisters Red sounds quite spunky!
May. 11th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
That was my favorite book of life in middle school! I reread it so many times the spine fell almost entirely apart. Her stories since then just haven't measured up for me.
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May. 11th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)

This is one of many fractured fairy tales we indoctrinated our daughter with, and for purposes of this contest the best (or at least the most readily memorable). I really think it helped her turn out as the creative, kind soul she is.

Late last year, my younger niece (roughly your age /shutit /now) had her first child, and we've elected to make his permanent present-from-us an ongoing collection of all the childrens' books we remember either from our own childhoods or Em's. This is definitely one of the ones Kyle is going to be inflicted with by his first birthday, if not randomly sooner.

(Edited because I can't keep genders straight at this hour;)

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May. 11th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Asking me to pick a favorite fairytale is like asking me to pick a favorite hair on my head, but I will give it my best shot. I love books that are full of symbolism and that can tell me something about myself I didn't know before. Fairytale and Fantasy have always been my favorite genre's since middle school when I ate books up like candy. My favorite then was Ella Enchanted, and while I still adore it, it's no longer my absolute favorite. My favorite princess story is definitely The Little Mermaid. (I really like the Disney version, mainly because she has red hair and is really feisty. I always wanted red hair.) Some modern fairytales I love (they aren't based on old stories or retelling's. they are modern fairytales in every sense of the word.) are The Chronicles of Narnia and Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood. Some retellings I quite enjoy would be Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl, Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (?), and Gail Carson Levine's short story volumes of fairytale retellings. I also really enjoy The Light Princess by George MacDonald. And there are so many more, but I have to stop because I've already named too many.
May. 11th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Donkey skin, because it's almost a farce, while it's still scary. Sounds like a great story, one a werewolf fan like me needs to read.
May. 11th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
My favourite fairy tale is The Goose Girl. I love when the villain is tricked into picking their own punishment!

My favourite fairy tale retellings are from Francesca Lia Block. Her book The Rose and The Beast is gorgeous.
May. 11th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
OMG, this sounds wonderful, and I would love to read it!

My favorite fairytale retelling is "The Ordinary Princess," although I don't know that it's quite a retelling so much as it is an original fairytale. I have a hard time picking just one...right now I'm really into "Snow White and Rose Red."

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May. 11th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I used to read an older book called Fifty Famous Fairy Tales when I was young, and I loved a story about a man who was given a device that made salt. He eventually lost control of it and it began to make salt all the time, so he threw it into the sea, making the sea salty.
May. 11th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
My favorite fairy tale is probably Cinderella, not for the original but because I've read the most retellings and I absolutely love them--Ella Enchanted, The Amaranth Enchantment, and Just Ella are the ones that come to mind.
Of course, my all-time favorite version would be the Girl Genius Theater version.
May. 11th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
If it counts I love Tam Lin adaptations. :D
My favorite so far is An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton.
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