Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Scarlet by A.C Gaughen—Guest Reviewer

Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Series: N/A
Characters: Scarlet, Robin, Much, Little John, Gisborne, Sheriff of Nottingham
Age Group: 12+
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Buy the Book: Amazon

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.

Guest Reviewer: Bridget
Age: 27
State/Country: Idaho, U.S
Rating: 5 Stars

Review: I love fairy tale retelling, and this is a great retelling of one of my favorite legends Robin Hood. Everyone has heard of the infamous Will Scarlet but did you know that he is a girl? In this book Scarlet is a girl posing as a boy in Robins band of merry men. The band steals from the rich to save the poor from the evil sheriff of Nottingham.
Scarlet is our heroine in this book and I adore her. I always love girls that can take care of themselves and aren't always a damsel in distress. Scarlet is an amazing thief  and she is the one that is always breaking all their friends out of prison. She also has a big secret that she hasn't told anyone not even Robin. Scarlet is such a likable character she has a great personality with lots of spunk. She has a beautiful soft side that shines through every once in a while, but she is always putting on the tuff guy front so no can see how much she is really hurting. As the book goes on her layers are peeled away one at a time and you get to see who she really is. She is just a young beautiful girl that has a past that she is trying to make up for.
Robin is our wonderful hero in this book and I love him. He leads his band to try and protect the people that are truly his subjects. His title was stripped from him by Prince John who then appointed the sheriff to rule. Robin is a wonderful leader he cares about his men's safety more then his own and he has a special spot in his heart for Scarlet. He feels unworthy of love because of his past so he is always trying to push her away.
A.C. Gaughen has wonderful writing and I cant believe that this is her debut novel. The world she created is beautiful and very intriuging. The book is very fast paced and hard to put down. The ending was left pretty open so I really hope that there is a sequel to come, but if not I will be defiantly be reading anything else this author writes because this book was so good!!!!

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