Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Title: Scarlet
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: February 14, 2012

Synopsis: 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.

Verdict: When I read the premise for Scarlet, I knew immediately that I just had to read it! Because first of all, it's a story about Robin Hood and second, because one of the members in his band of merry men is a girl. And she's not some doe-eyed damsel in distress either, Scarlet is a knife-throwing, take-care-of-herself kind of gal that you do not want to piss off! And Robin is a moody and very handsome do-gooder that may or may not harbor feelings for Scar. (To find out, you have to read the book!) Another member in Robin's band is John. He's a hunky specimen who actually has a heart and he may or may not harbor feelings for Scar. (Once again, if you want to know..... you have to read the book!) Last, but certainly not least, is Much. This guy is all heart and happens to be missing his right arm from when the Sherriff cut if off to punish him. Just like in all Robin Hood stories, these people steal from the rich and give to the poor. So, the Sherriff of Nottingham is taxing these poor people like crazy and Robin, Scar, John, and Much are working overtime trying to get enough money and food to help everyone. The Sherriff is of course trying to catch the Hood, but they are too elusive. So, he hires a thief-catcher to bring them in. Only this time, he might just succeed. This book was absolutely awesome! I loved the story and the characters! Scarlet is a very scarred person, but she had still managed to stay pure at heart. Robin also has a few shackles around his heart and you can sometimes glimpse some pain in his ocean-blue eyes, but he never fails to put others before himself. John and Much were both loveable brutes. I also want to thank A.C. Gaughen for coming up with this new unique twist in the classic Robin Hood story that I am hoping comes with a sequel ( because I am really loving where things are headed **hint-hint**)! <3

An ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

-Kristen ♥

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