Author: A.C. Gaughen
Published: February 14th 2012
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
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