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Scarlet

by A C Gaughen

Bloomsbury Press Agency | January 24, 2012 | Hardcover

Scarlet is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.6 × 5.75 × 1.1 in

Published: January 24, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802723462

ISBN - 13: 9780802723468

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I’ve loved Robin Hood since I was a little girl, so when I heard about Scarlet, I knew I had to read it - Will Scarlet as a girl? Brilliant. Despite my excitement, part of me was worried for several reasons - what if I didn’t like this version and it affected how I felt about Robin Hood in general? The synopsis hinted at a romance between Robin and Scarlet, but I’ve been in love with the idea of Robin Hood and Maid Marian since I first saw the Disney version at age four or five, so I couldn't imagine accepting a relationship between Robin and anyone else. I needn’t have worried. Not only was Scarlet well written, it was an incredibly original, fascinating, compelling take on the Robin Hood lore. It captured me from the first page and held on tight, making me laugh, cry, fall in love, and yell at the pages. It broke my heart into a million tiny pieces then pieced it back together and healed it. Scarlet has a bit of something for everyone - humour, action, suspense, romance. It’s full of unexpected twists, tension, and enough funny moments to balance out the serious ones. As for the characters, Scarlet is quite possibly one of my favourite characters ever. She was so real, she practically leapt off the pages. Strong and tough, independent and clever, she was a fascinating contrast of hard and soft, fierce and vulnerable. More than once I wanted to wrap my arms around her and tell her everything would be all right. Underneath her rough exterior was a scared, damaged girl who didn’t think she deserved anything good in life. Just when I thought we knew everything there was to know about her, another layer was exposed, and it made me love her even more. Robin made me fall in love with Robin Hood lore all over again. Younger than in most of the stories out there, he was just as complex and layered as Scarlet, and the interactions between them made me swoon, made me angry, made me laugh, and even made me tear up more than once. The rest of the characters, particularly John and Much added so much dimension to the story. John was fun and flirty (I have to admit, I kind of fell in love with him too) while Much was steady and loyal. The four of them were like a band of misfits brought together by Robin, and I rooted for each of them for different reasons. Overall, I thought Scarlet was absolutely brilliant. These characters and their stories, while somewhat familiar, were also brand new in the best ways possible, and I know they’ll stick with me for a very long time. I would (and will) recommend this book to anyone, but particularly those interested in Robin Hood lore, historical fiction with an authentic feel, and stories with lots of heart.
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant retelling! If you're anything like me you loved the old Robin Hood Disney movie. You know the one where Robin was a fox and Little John was a bear? And if that doesn't come to mind how about Robin Hood Men in Tights? Both are two of my favourite movies and amazing re-tellings of one of my favourite tales. What was missing from these versions, however, was the grit, gore and action that was sure to have been the reality for the real life Robin Hood (whoever he may have been). A.C. Gaughen's take on this classic tale filled my need for more action and excitement and it didn't stop there. Another thing that always bothered me about the original (and the Disney version) was Maid Marian. This girl is about as useful as Princess Peach. What this story needed was a strong female character. Someone for girls to relate to. Someone they could imagine themselves being. Scarlet has become just that character for me. She's brave, she tough, she's able to take care of herself (more or less), she's loyal. She throws knives! She is one kickass lady. However, these much needed additions to the story were not the only reasons I loved it. It was beautiful writing. Descriptive and captivating it captured my attention right from the start. The main characters are all very likeable and the story is a solid one - it draws strongly on the original but also adds its own unique elements and characters. There is, of course, a love story, but unlike many YA novels, it does not take over the story. It's not even a central focus point in my opinion. It's there and it's something the characters need to deal with but first there are more important things to get to. Like saving peoples lives! I highly recommend this book, especially if you're already a fan of Robin Hood. As far as my research (*cough* Twitter *cough*) suggests this is a standalone. Which is nice to see in the sea of series that are out there now. The story doesn't wrap up in a neat little bow (which is what made think there would be a sequel) but in many ways the not knowing makes it better. You never know what exactly happens to Robin Hood in the original tale and that doesn't lessen the story in any way. It just enhances the mystery and excitement. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new kick-butt twist on an old legend. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this action-packed page-turner and am SO glad I did! I know I'm sucked into a book when all I want to do is phone in sick to work so I can stay home to read, but then kind of don't want to read, because I never want it to end. Scarlet is one of those books. It had everything I want in a read, including a totally kick-butt heroine who doesn't wait around for men to save her, a horrible (and I mean, really, really horrible) villain and a very touching love story between tortured souls who deserve nothing more than to be in love, but who just don't see it themselves. Scarlet is such a complex, well-drawn character, that I identified with her and sort of even wanted to be her because of her amazing skills as the knife-wielding, tree-dwelling member of Robin Hood's band. I don't know a lot about the Robin Hood stories, but even still, I loved this book and didn't feel like I was missing out on anything because I wasn't well-versed on the legends. I can't wait for this to come out so everyone can read it! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-02-14

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Scarlet

Scarlet

by A C Gaughen

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.6 × 5.75 × 1.1 in

Published: January 24, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Agency

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0802723462

ISBN - 13: 9780802723468

About the Book

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.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

A. C. Gaughen is a freelance writer and regular blogger who has had several stories published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. While attending college in Scotland, which she believes to be the most romantic and naturally beautiful place in the world, AC became enamored of the country's rich history and folklore. She now lives in Massachusetts with her two-year old goldendoodle.