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Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her female identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only Robin and his band know the truth. As Gisbourne closes in, helping the people of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life, but her fierce loyalty to Robin-whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her-keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

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Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her female identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only Robin and his band know the truth. As Gisbourne closes in, helping the people of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life, but her fierce loyalty to Robin-whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her-keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

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VOYA - Cynthia Winfield
"Will" Scarlet claims to be not of Rob's band, yet has stayed with "the boys" for two years since arriving from London, fresh from the pain of familial loss and escaping despicable Sir Guy of Gisbourne. While the band works to keep the people afloat—with food and money for taxes—often by waylaying moneyed travelers passing through Sherwood, individuals hide secrets and personal vulnerabilities, the Sherriff of Nottingham sends for reinforcements, and thief-catcher Gisbourne arrives. While "Will" looks enough like a boy that most do not question and she keeps her hair tucked up to complete the charade, on Sunday mornings she bathes, dons a gown, uncoils her hair, and attends church. At eighteen, Scarlet is confused as John Little alternately treats her as a bandmate and a woman, and proximity to Robin of Locklear makes her "chest feel like porridge" for brief moments before he moves and her perspective shifts. As skilled with daggers as Rob is with his crossbow, as sure-footed as squirrels crossing the forest on high by running through overlapping tree branches, and fearless to a fault, Scar is a valued band member and an appealing narrator who exudes enough testosterone to attract male and female readers. Billed as "not your English teacher's version of Robin Hood," Gaughen's novel "reimagines" the classic tale, filling it with adventure, adrenaline-charged fight scenes, danger, and chivalry. Set in medieval England, this novel is sure to garner a following once discovered by secondary students. Reviewer: Cynthia Winfield
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Gr 8–10—Plenty of swashbuckling adventure and a hearty dose of romance power this re-imagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Only this time, one of the Merry Men is a female thief disguised as Will Scarlet. She refuses to reveal how she incurred the scar across her cheek or any other details of her earlier life. However, for the outlaws, her quick thinking and expertise with knives are reason enough to allow her to keep her secrets. When the Sheriff of Nottingham tasks the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne (Scarlet's former fiancé) with capturing Robin once and for all, she vows to save her hero, no matter what the personal cost. The fast-paced plot is easy to follow and filled with interesting details about the difficulties of medieval peasant life. Most of the traditional aspects of the legend are intact, so readers will recognize the familiar settings, characters, and premise, but the added mystery as to why Scarlet is hiding among Robin's men adds another dimension that will entice female readers. Some graphic epithets and occasional blasphemous curses pepper the dialogue, but they are not overused and language reads true to the period. While Gaughen's work is not as inventive as Lisa Klein's Ophelia (Bloomsbury, 2006) or as poignant as Robin McKinley's classic Beauty (Harper, 1978), his Scarlet is an appealing, fiercely independent young woman.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Naples Players, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802734242
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: A. C. Gaughen's Scarlet Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 145,387
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet 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.

http://www.acgaughen.com/

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    A new kick-butt twist on the 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!

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    If you think you the story of Robin Hood has been done so many t

    If you think you the story of Robin Hood has been done so many times, there can’t be anything new about it, think again. A.C. Gaughen writes a story that’s fresh, exciting and romantic and puts a new spin and the story you thought you knew!

    Scarlet in set in Nottinghamshire, a small town ruled over by the evil and corrupt sheriff who oppresses the people beyond the breaking point. Robin is a nobleman who has had his title, lands and possessions unjustly taken from him. Of course, he loves his people so he steals for them so they can eat and pay their taxes and break them out of the jail when they are locked up. Everything is going as well as usual until the sheriff hires a new thief taker, one that even has the unflappable Will Scarlet terrified.

    The story is told from Scarlet’s perspective, and she is the best and most daring thief in Robin Hood’s band. Very few people know that Scarlet is actually a girl, one with a chip on her shoulder and a shadowy past. The boys, Robin, Little John and Much, know what she is and are fiercely protective of Scarlet who hates being fussed over and treated differently.

    The first thing you notice when you start reading the book is Scarlet’s dialect and since the book is told from her first person perspective, it’s constant throughout the book. It took me about two pages to get used to it and it seemed so natural after that.

    I loved Scarlet! She had so much emotional baggage and a past that was a complete mystery, but it was slowly revealed throughout the book. The pain and angst the character feels is very well written. The fact that she is deadly with the knives made me love her that much more.

    There is a of a love triangle of sorts among Scarlet, Little John and Robin. Robin is gallant, swoon worthy and utterly frustrating! He jealously accuses Scarlet of sending John mixed signals when he pretty much guilty of doing the same thing to her. Regardless, I liked Robin a lot and raced through the book to see how the romance would play out.

    Scarlet is a fast paced, exciting book with some awesome plot twists thrown in and I loved it. Gaughen has written a solid debut novel that left me wanting more. I have no idea if there will be a sequel as the book works well as a standalone novel, but I would love to go back to this world. Fingers crossed that I will.

    Content: Kissing and heavy violence

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Wow!!!!!

    Totally loved this book. I really liked the main character, scarlet, she is such a strong individual and doesn't let anyone change who she is as a person. The plot was pretty good but the story kind of dragged in some places. Overall I think everyone should read it and is now one of my favorite books.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    If you don't like this book, you are crazy. It has an amazing fe

    If you don't like this book, you are crazy. It has an amazing female lead who is fierce, quick-witted, and independent. I couldn't put it down. Had adventure,suspense and romance. The fight scenes in it are spectacular because they are more romanticized due to the time period. No guns, just knives, arrows and hand-to-hand combat. Do a backwards flip while cutting a mans throat? No problem! This rendition of Robin Hood will leave readers wishing there was more.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Wow

    When you are expecting good things and the book goes ABOVE AND BEYOND your expectations, you know you found a winner.

    Scarlet is a character you instantally adore. Every member of the band had some endearing quality the left you no choice but to love them!

    The story had TONS of fighting, clever plans, plot twists, and mysteries. Mot a single part was dull and none of the concepts were clique. It was fresh and new and totally totally totally worth reading.


    There was a little language and a few slightly suggestive things but nothimg too bad. I think this is one of my favorite books and will probably stalk this author for news odlf a sequal or any other book she decidesto write!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    What an amazing read! I could not put this book down! It is th

    What an amazing read! I could not put this book down!

    It is the classic tale of Robin Hood with more then a few twists. You get to know the famous Hood, and see the daily struggle and triumph that the characters muddle through. Scar was completely endearing. It was so well done I was sad to see it end.

    I hope there is more to come!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2013

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    Pretty good

    So having the show Robin Hood, while reading this, I kind of imagined the actors from the show. Especially Gisbourne. Wanted to read this but didn't after a while until I saw the cover for the sequel. Like with other books I had yet to read but didn't for some reason, I can add this one to that list. Anyway, this one is 4.5 for me. I couldn't help but face palmed during some moments, thinking come on Scarlet and are you kidding? Oh just be honest with the dude, I thought your brothers here had a bond of trust and all that? And, really dude, now you saying something? Timing is not your ally is it? Near the end, I didn't want to end, thinking please be more, I don't want to wait for the sequel. Then, oh great now I got to wait for the sequel. Pretty good read and Much is adorable in this.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    I hate books with covers like this. Stereotypical girl with a dr

    I hate books with covers like this. Stereotypical girl with a dramatic, generic, and boring title/name. I Despise them actually. I was at school and needed a book to read as I had left mine at home. My friend gave me this book and I took it without much of a choice. I was planning on just reading it by going through the motions mindlessly. However, it got good. REALLY good. The story just grabs you and you fall in love with Robin and Scarlet. I was never a huge fan of the Robin Hood story, but this is just amazing. You get a feel for how he really did care about his crew and all the townspeople. It is written well with great voice and personality, yet it stays formal and classic. My biggest issue was the fact the word  "were" was used instead of the grammatically correct "was." That bugged me throughout the whole book, but that's just because I am a huge grammar geek. Although, I am sure it was to show language disparity between the educated and the thieves. Overall, I highly recommend this book. Great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Old tale...with new twist

    A retelling of the story of Robin hood...but told from an unexpected point of view. I don't want to say too much because...well spoilers...but it is very pleasant surprise. I love stories with good and strong female characters, and strong female doesn't mean they have to be perfect and invincible and know which ways ups all the time...that is rather boring. I want them imperfect, and make bad decisions, and be wishy washy, just like male character sometimes are. I want them to be fully functional people. Too many times...women are cookie cutter. The virgin or the whore, or the harridan no in-between. Do depth. So it is nice to have a female character and doesn't fall into a nice trope.

    Scarlet is such a character. She is imperfect. She makes bad decisions. She sometimes is indecisive and causes herself more problems. When we meet her she is on the run from not only the bad guys, but herself and her own decisions in life. She is not someone who is fearless, but she uses that fear to motivate her to do something about their things she sees in the world she thinks are wrong. And she is a character that is very sure of herself and her capabilities, and has no problem letting people know. She does not dim herself to make others shine. She is good at what she does and she knows it and won't let anyone devalue her. And she is a very complicated character, with complicated motivations and I liked it.

    Yes, the book had lots of action, and danger, and suspense...and yes...some good romance. Though...most of the time I wanted to smack the characters. Not every book needs a triangle that gets tiring. But the two men were interesting in their own right, and by the end I was interested in how it would all turn out because John, ah, I worry about John and where he will go from his actions as the end. One of Scarlet's faults is not taking him very seriously, when she should. She is blind to him. I do like Robin, though he needs to get down off the cross... But, besides all that, I think the best draw to this is the main character. This is how I like to see female character written.

    In short: I look forward to the sequel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

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    A Must Read

    This take on Robin Hood and his merry men was both refreshing and exciting. Chalk full of twists and mystery. Secrets kept and secrets shared making this book a non-stop read. Will Scarlet will keep you guessing right up to the end and leave you begging for more! This has fast become my favorite book of the year.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    AMAZING

    READ THIS!!!! It is SO entirely amazing! I read this book in 2 days (couldn't put it down)! Again, READ THIS!!!! (^ - ^)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Sssssssss

    Amazing. Five stars

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

    I was a little hesitant to read this book because I knew it'd be

    I was a little hesitant to read this book because I knew it'd be different than what I normally read. Also, as I began the book I quickly realized that any time the word 'was' would typically appear, the author used the word 'were' instead. I assume it went along with the dialogue of the time period. This bothered me at first but I became used to it very quickly as I became engrossed in this great story. Scarlet is a tough girl, inside and out, and the story has the reader dying to break down her walls and find out about the horrors of her past, which eventually we do.

    There is a bit of a love triangle situation between Scarlet, Robin, and John Little but it's not portrayed in the cheesy cliche way that a lot of today's stories are. Most importantly, Scarlet is not a useless girl just sitting around letting boys pine for her. She is a heroic fighter and a strong female; two characteristics I most enjoy in female characters.

    I really enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Great Twist to the Legend of Robin Hood

    Although written in an old fashion style of writting, I loved this novel and every twist in the road.
    Scarlet is Robin Hood's band member and is handy with thieving and knives.
    Im awaiting for another novel in what I hope is a series and hope its as good as this one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    A great story!

    This book is wonderful. I absolutely loved it. Although i find robin somewhat annoying i loved the main character scarlet! If your wondering if you should buy the book... definately yes!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Great Book

    I don't know what it is about this book but I really love it. I have read it a couple times and it doesn't get old. It ends good with you hoping that A.C. Gaughen makes a sequel. (I hope she does)! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Robin Hood era .

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    AMAZING!!!! Blew me away!

    This book is just incredible I love that people are still doing Robin Hood books and this one had such a wonderful female spin. This book is worth every penny! You will find yourself emotionally involved with whats going on in this magically crafted tale!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    4 STARS - A great retelling!

    Scarlet by AC Gaughen is an adventure that will have your heart ripped out of your chest! Both from the thrill-suspense, romance, and pulse stimulating love drama!

    It took a while to get a liking to the dialogue at first, but once you get into the rhythm of reading 15th century tongue it couldn't have set the mood better! How it was written had you feeling that you were one of the people of Nottinghamshire or a bandmate of Robin Hood.
    The revision that AC Gaughen did for this well known legend has become my favorite version/tellings of the heroic English outlaw Robin Hood. It is so hard trying to say why I like it so much without putting in spoilers, but one major thing that I have to say is having Will Scarlet as a girl/woman made it more worth while especially with that awed open-mouthed twist near the end. Will has always been my favorite from the members of Rob's band because who doesn't fancy a guy whose skilled with knives? It screams sexy to me! =D and for Scarlet to take on that role, it's creative genius! The back history of how she, or shall I say , Will Scarlet came to be is very dramatic and pulling. All in which makes the story all the more juicy!
    It is difficult to imagine how girls back then being so one dimensional compared to how woman are now; reasons why I enjoyed and love Scarlet all the more because she has more depth and strives to be an individual. She had me flustered most of the time because she couldn't just spill the beans. While with Robin, I just wanted to clobber him up side the head. With AC Gaughen's retelling of the Hood, I'm sorry Robin but Scarlet is by far my favorite character with John in the running!
    Which I would also like to add and say that with Gaughen's version of Little John is the best among the other John Littles out there because he had more layers to his role as well as personality. John also added a huge chunk onto the climactic romance. =)
    An AWESOME retelling that you should not pass up!! A MUST READ!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    Fast Moving, Quick-Thinking, & Fully Detailed

    Book Review (ARC)
    I am a sucker for a Robin Hood story. Scarlet was even better than I expected. It’s a fast moving, quick thinking, and fully detailed version of the story. It’s an original remake, if that makes any sense. While I am familiar with the original Robin Hood story, this one still felt fresh and new in the way that it was told. The story of Scarlet is one that I have never read much about and Gaughen’s imagining of who Scarlet could have been is wonderful. Scarlet’s story melds in perfectly with Robin’s and her back story is slowly unraveled, a definite treat in its twists and turns.

    Other loved characters such as Big John and Friar Tuck make their appearances as well, some more than others. Much, a character I hadn’t remembered from previous Robin Hood tales, has a big role as one of Hood’s band (along with John), and he quickly became one of my favorite characters. He was so endearing and charming in his own way that it would be hard to do anything other than love him. I would continue to read stories with these characters that Gaughen has made into her own!

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2014

    This book was pretty amazing. I LOVE Robin Hood. It¿s always bee

    This book was pretty amazing. I LOVE Robin Hood. It’s always been one of my favorite stories, and I loved this fresh take on it, with Scarlet posing as a boy in Robin Hood’s gang of thieves, and slowly falling for Robin. Robin was amazing too. This is one of the best romances I’ve read in a while. Great story! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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