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Review: SCARLET by A. C. Gaughen

Posted by on February 11, 2012
Scarlet 
SCARLET
A. C. Gaughen
304 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Walker
Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Source: Hardcover from ALA
Rating: LOVED

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

   I love Robin Hood. That being said, it’ll come as no surprise that I was extremely excited for Scarlet.

   Luckily for me, A. C. Gaughen’s historical retelling of the age-old tale is as good as it can get. I’ve personally liked Will the most out of the whole lot (and Robin, of course!), so to see a whole new of side of him, or her, was amazing.

   Will Scarlet is actually a girl, though not everyone knows that. Except to her bandmates and a selected few, Will Scarlet is ‘nothing but a whip of a lad’. Life as a theiving outlaw is perfect. But Scarlet has her secrets, a past she would rather keep hidden. And when her past shows up in the present, in the form of the notorious Guy of Gisbourne, Scarlet may not be as brave as she wants.

   Scarlet, the character herself, was dynamic. She’s a character you can picture in your mind, from the way she whips out her knives with scarlet ribbons to the way her face reddens in a blush. She narrates the story, and the dialect is her own. She might have been short-tempered and grumpy at times, but overall, I loved her.

  The plot line was wonderful, taking Robin and his merrymen and throwing them into a tight plot. The dreaded tax day is fast approaching, a new theif-taker is on his way, and new feelings are stirring up amongst the band of four. There were a lot of similarities between the original (how many originals are there, anyway??) and Scarlet, there were just as many unique parts to it as well.

  I wish I could go back and read Scarlet again for the first time, a lot slower so it won’t finish before I know it. It was good, really, really, really good. A. C. Gaughen has woven a tale between the covers of Scarlet that’s perfect for lovers of historical fiction and anyone looking for an enjoyable read.

  Trust me, Scarlet is a must-read. I mean, who doesn’t love Robin Hood??

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24 comments

  1. It seems awesome i've never heard of it so thanks for this great review :D ! I love Robin Hood as well I really need to buy this book now thanks to you ;).

  2. The cover!!! So drool worthy. I have to say Robin Hood is one of my favorite classic tales so reboots of the story generally have to have something unique about them to intrigue me. I think Scarlet might just have that quality, it sounds very good!

  3. I definitely agree with you – I loved every second I was reading this book! The characters were all fantastic and I couldn't get enough of the story.

    I'm glad you loved it just as much as I did!

  4. I hadn't even heard about this before now, but I LOVE the tale of Robin Hood, so this definitely just got preordered for tomorrow. I'm so exctied to stare at my Kindle tonight at 11pm (yey timezone cheat!) and see it download.

  5. I've been hearing a lot about this book and I'm so excited! I love Robin Hood and this book sounds so fantastic! Thanks for the great review…I can't wait to pick up a copy of this book :-D

  6. I love all things Robin Hood! I think I've watched every single movie and tv show about Robin Hood,but I haven't seen many books about. I'm really excited about reading this now!

  7. Honestly, I'm glad you loved it! Because I did too. I actually won a copy from the author in one of her giveaways (thanks again, if she sees this) and it was such a fun & refreshing read. I really hope to see more work from her in the future.

    Might have to pick it up again and read it a 2nd time after this review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as always.

    ~ Kristi

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