by A.C. Gaughen
Published February 2012
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.
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I started Scarlet with high hopes and I instantly fell in love with it in the first few pages. Scarlet’s dialogue takes a minute to get used to, but I personally had no trouble falling into her style of speech. For some reason I love characters that end up dressing up and pretending to be someone they’re not, and while some people do know that she is a girl the majority of the people don’t, which leads to some funny encounters. I also love the tension of having a girl in an all boys “band of merry men” or whatever the Robin Hood clan is called. Not like the romantic tension- but the tension between the boys wanting to protect Scarlet and Scarlet having none of that. I think that was my favorite part of Scarlet. One of the guys would say something and then Scarlet would say the exact thing I was thinking of.
It did end up being more about romance than I had originally wanted it to be, but I thought overall Gaughen balanced it pretty well and it felt natural to the characters. I loved that Scarlet could prove that even though she is this headstrong tough woman, she still had feelings. I love that we were in her mind and we were able to see her struggle with getting used to the idea that she might have feelings for one of her friends no matter how much she tried to squash them.
Scarlet has her own past and her story of how she became known as Will Scarlet was scattered throughout the story. I was a fan of how slowly Scarlet’s story trickled out as she was forced to deal with her past and finally began opening up to her friends. Some last thoughts:
- Much was basically my favorite character ever.
- I loved the explanations behind the names
- Scarlet is a thief and that is just pretty much awesome.
- I just love how angry Scarlet got when it comes to men vs. women, noble folk vs. commoners, and judging people for what they do. There is a line where Scarlet makes a comment about how she tends to see things others don’t around her and it definitely is true. I love that she spoke strongly about these things even though people didn’t usually listen.
- I also love how Scarlet was religious. I found it interesting to read about her faith especially since she is a thief.
So, if you can’t tell, I ended up really liking Scarlet. The next book is Lady Thief. I am personally excited to read this book especially after how the first one ended. I can’t wait to see how Scarlet has or has not grown.
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