Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen (5/5 stars)

Title: Scarlet
Author: A. C. Gaughen 
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Date Published: 14 February 2012
Genre: Fiction/Action & Adventure
Kindle edition: 304 pages
Rating: 5/5 stars

"Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the evil Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only Big John and Robin Hood know the truth-that the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. It's getting harder to hide as Gisbourne's camp seeks to find Scarlet and drive Robin Hood out of Nottinghamshire.

But Scarlet's instinct for self-preservation is at war with a strong sense of responsibility to the people who took her in when she was on the run, and she finds it's not so easy to turn her back on her band and townspeople. As Gisbourne draws closer to Scarlet and puts innocent lives at risk, she must decide how much the people of Nottinghamshire mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles and temper have the rare power to unsettle Scarlet. Full of exciting action, secrets, and romance, this imaginative retelling of the classic tale will have readers following every move of Robin Hood and band of thieves."

Scarlet is a retelling of Robin "Rob" Hood. Earl. Thief. Legend. The story is told from Will Scarlet's point of view. Rob caught Will stealing in London and gave him a choice to either go to prison or join his band, Will refused to say his name and Rob dubbed him "Mister Scarlet" because of the scarlet ribbons he favors to tie to his knives. Will isn't as strong as John little but he's nimble, he spies for the band because no one pays him mind, he can fit into small spaces perfect for breaking in and out of dungeons and no one is as skilled in throwing knives as he. But Will has a lot of secrets, and only the band knows he's actually a lass hiding in a lad's clothing!

Scarlet is pretty, but she doesn't think of it, and I love that about her, she's not like other teen heroines (Scarlet is 18 at the time of the story) who think they should not be with the hero because he's too hot and she's too plain. Scarlet thinks she shouldn't be with Rob because her soul is black, she's a common thief and he's a lord, he wouldn't think of her in that way. I love how she wears a dress to go to mass on Sundays because she can't hide from God, she ponders on how many of the Lord's commandments she has broken, and it's heartbreaking that she thinks her soul is black. She's so smart and sharp too. The band needs her to point out which travelling group to steal from even if they're wearing disguises. She's also fiercely loyal, extremely brave, and she'll take anything to save the man she loves, who wouldn't love her? The only thing I didn't like is how Scarlet thinks, she speaks like a street urchin and it's part of her disguise with the people around her, but then she also thinks like a street urchin to throw off the readers as to who her character really is, which I figured out early on and I'm sure you'll do too, and the rough language makes it difficult to understand what she's saying sometimes, it's okay once you get used to it but I didn't like it.

The story will take you on a heady adventure in dungeons, up on trees, and in dangerous markets as the band has to steal enough money to give to the people of Nottinghamshire before taxing day or the Sheriff will take prisoners and at the same time run from the ruthless thief taker Lord Gisbourne who wants to kill them all. With an electric sweet romance between Scar and Rob! It was a slow burning love between kindred souls and I love how jealous Rob could be with John and Scarlet, denying his feelings for Scar then furiously protecting her from being seen shirtless by John (it was such a swoon moment). I can't say how much I enjoyed reading Scarlet, it surpassed all my expectations, and I would recommend it for lovers of adventure and fans of the original tale!


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