Saturday, December 1, 2012

Review: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen + giveaway!

Title: Scarlet
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Published: February 14th 2012
Source: Purchased
Genre: Young Adult
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Caution: May contain spoilers
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.

~synopsis from Goodreads

My Thoughts:

Now see here… tales of Robin Hood are cool enough to begin with, but this book… this book was awesome. I don’t think a more perfect book could have been made into a month long read-along.

Our protagonist, Scarlet was so deep and lovely. There was so much to her, and the pieces of the puzzle were added to page by page until we got the full picture. She was strong physically, and although scarred emotionally to some degree, she had a lot of heart. It was clearly seen the way she handled herself with others and the things she was willing to do to help everyone. Scarlet could really kick some butt! And this was straight down to the very end. You have got to love those heroines.

The rest of our cast of characters were absolutely amazing. Robin… oh, he was something. He was so caring and protective. SWOON to the tenth power. Although I wasn’t Team John, I still found him to be a pretty great friend to Scarlet. And Much, he was just great, so sweet. There was so much beauty to the relationship between Scarlet and Robin. I can hardly contain myself not to bust from the seams with happiness.

Scarlet is an astoundingly good book. This slightly different retelling was done so well. Extremely well. How it all came together in the end? Absolutely perfect. A.C. Gaughen could not have done a better job at writing this story. I highly, HIGHLY, recommend this to anyone who loves the story of Robin Hood, and even to those who don’t know much about it. It’s just too good to pass up. And if you didn't hear the good news about this book, please click this link and squee along with me. <3

My Rating:

Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM



Here's something special for everyone... Thanks to the wonderful A.C. Gaughen, we have a copy of the UK version of Scarlet to giveaway to you! This is open to anyone, not just the participants of the Scarlet Read-Along.


1. You must be over 15 years old.
2. This is open only to US/CAN followers.
4. This contest runs from December 1st through December 21st.
5. Winner will be selected at 12:01 a.m. on December 22nd via Rafflecopter random selection.


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  1. "A.C. Gaughen could not have done a better job at writing this story." - AGREED. This book was so amazing, and I'm so happy this is the one we chose to do our read-along! We're quite brilliant, my dear, if I do say so myself. ;-) I don't think I'll ever forget these characters, and I'm glad I own the book because I know I'll read it again, and I've already convinced my mum to read it.

    1. Yes, we are brilliant! ;) I'll read it again someday too, I'm sure of it! <3 It was great.

  2. Oh I am so looking forward to reading this book after having read all of the wonderful things you've been saying about it during the readalong. I must say it sounds an awful lot like the storyline in the BBC version of Robin Hood which I loved so I'm sure this is going to be awesome.

    1. I can't wait to see what you think of it. I really think you will enjoy it. It will be great! :)

  3. I'm still wishing I had joined you guys. I never did get a copy, though. Maybe I'll actually win the giveaway and get this one read at long last.

    1. I wish you could have too but I do hope you can read it soon. You will enjoy it a lot! :)

  4. I'm so excited thanks for the update, I fell in love with this book and am so glad that there is going to be more of Scarlet and Robin. This was by far one of my favorite reads of the year.

    1. I'm so excited for the sequels, and I believe it has become one of my favorites too!. :)

  5. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    This sounds awesome! I love it when classics are redone in a wonderful way. You've gotten me hooked now:)

    Lovely review:)

    1. Thanks hon! Good luck! :) Glad to have gotten you hooked... ;)

  6. I loved the overall idea of the story, but actually I wasn't huge fan of the writing style. Still, I do hope for more books just b/c I really want to see more adventures of Scarlet and Robin haha. I just need more Robin Hood in my life. Lovely review!

    1. The writing style took a little bit of getting used to, but I liked it in the end. Yes! We all need more Robin Hood. :)

  7. Month long read along? Man, you have way more self-control than I would have- this sounds like a marathon read :D
    LOVE fairytale/etc. retellings, and Robin Hood is such a good one to start out!

    1. I know, it did take some self-control! But it was a good one to savor so I'm glad I got to read it in November. :)

  8. I love retellings and have had this book on my to-read list since I first heard about it. It's so great to hear all the wonderful things about it and can't wait to get my own copy to read.



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