Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

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.

I don't know why I am such a sucker for these kinds of books. Even though this was a bit slow in a number of places, I really enjoyed it as a whole. And isn't this cover one of the most gorgeous covers you've ever seen? That's half the reason I wanted to read it so badly! Ha!

I've always been intrigued by Robin Hood. I think my infatuation with Robin Hood grew to the extreme a few years ago when Jonas Armstrong played him in the BBC series. Holy hotness. Every Robin Hood for the rest of my life will look like Jonas Armstrong, and yes, I am very much okay with that. 

I absolutely loved the idea of FINALLY (!) having a girl in Robin's merry band of thieves. I am a huge fan of girls who kick butt and take names. Scarlet was no different. I loved how fierce she was, but I didn't dig how disloyal she was. (Is that even a word? It is now!) It seemed like every time things got a little rough, she wanted to pack it up and call it quits. Not so cool. I did, however, love Robin and John and Much which more than made up for Scarlet's flakiness. 

Overall, I really liked this book. I think (but I'm not sure) if this is a planned series, but it definitely could be. And I will be anxiously awaiting a second one!

Happy Reading! 

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