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Scarlet (Scarlet Series #1)

Scarlet (Scarlet Series #1)

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by A. C. Gaughen

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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


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.

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Publishers Weekly
Gaughen debuts with an inspired reimagining of the Robin Hood tale, one narrated by "Scarlet," a girl, and the love interest of 21-year-old "Rob." As in the original, the band of thieves steals from the wealthy to provide to the poor, with help from rascally John Little and other minor miscreants. When the Sheriff of Nottinghamshire hires Lord Gisbourne, a "Thief Taker," to aid him in his tax-collecting mission, Rob and his outlaws fight to stop them before the hangings begin. Tough-minded, independent, and guilt-ridden, Scarlet is an expert thief and knife fighter, who offers detailed and rousing accounts of her feats ("I threw him to the side, and his blade grazed my leg.... His head hit the ground hard, and I didn't 'spect him to get up anytime soon"). But she also lies about her traumatic past and hides her vendetta against Gisbourne, putting everyone at risk. Gaughen creates a believable character in Scarlet, a fierce but feeling heroine surviving in an inequitable and unruly society. Alternating action sequences with dramatic emotional encounters, this restaging suggests that the bravest acts may be to trust and love. Ages 12-up. Agent: Minju Chang, BookStop Literary.
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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
School Library Journal
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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Walker & Company
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A. C. Gaughen's Scarlet Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
HL670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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.

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Scarlet 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 133 reviews.
JoanneLevy More than 1 year ago
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!
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bluegille More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
READ THIS!!!! It is SO entirely amazing! I read this book in 2 days (couldn't put it down)! Again, READ THIS!!!! (^ - ^)
beccasnotamuggle More than 1 year ago
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.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
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.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: Gaughen takes an incredibly old and well known legend and gives it her own unique twist. In this version Robin’s best friend, Will Scarlet, happens to be a girl in disguise as a boy. It brings a whole new edge and spice to the story. Overall it was a great read and I recommend it for any thieving fan. SCARLET is a sneaky twist on a beloved legend. Full of daring, thefts, skirmishes, and love, this reworked band of thieves put on a thrilling show and a very enjoyable tale. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2016/08/15/scarlet/
ETrupkiewicz More than 1 year ago
Ever imagined yourself a swashbuckling outlaw leaping through the forest, inches ahead of the greedy nobility from whom you've just stolen money enough to ensure that your people will withstand another tax season with their heads intact? No? Just me? Oh, well ... For those of you who nodded as you read that descriptor, never fear. There are a number of us, and I imagine one of them is probably author A. C. Gaughen, whose Scarlet trilogy is a tremendously well-written and engaging, and newly re-imagined rendition of the classic story of the hero and outlaw Robin Hood. The trilogy consists of SCARLET, LADY THIEF, and LION HEART, listed in correct reading order, and trust me when I tell you, you really need to read them in the right order. Otherwise, you'll be thoroughly confused, having been plunged into a melee of intricately crafted subplots peopled with characters compelling enough to walk right off the pages. My favorite character throughout the series is Scarlet, the title character of the first novel, and the point-of-view character through whose eyes readers experience the entire story line in all three books. She is as three-dimensional and realistic as can be, full of unique qualities, abilities, and contradictions --- like her gruff exterior versus her soft heart for the suffering --- that make her a sympathetic character from the first page. And anyone who appreciates the original Robin Hood tale will be relieved to know that Gaughen took great pains as she crafted each character, and that she included all the usual suspects, so to speak, from Little John to Friar Tuck, but with her own delightful twists in every individual instance. It's a delight and a pleasure to present this trilogy to my readers for their consideration, and I can't stress enough how highly I regard the trilogy and its author for its heart-warming, suspenseful, devastating impact. # # # Disclaimer: The opinions I have expressed are my own.
BoundWithWords More than 1 year ago
I'm a strong mood reader, and being like this sometimes can be a pain in the ass because it makes you start about a thousand books and finish one. Well right now I'm in one of those phases and the one book that keep me reading was Scarlet, so let's see what this book has of special. For starters this book doesn't have a single dull time, seriously this is action packed at it most, we have so much action sequences with Scarlet and her band - the general plot is that the city of Nottinghamshire has a terrible sheriff who will do basically anything to get his taxes, including kill the town people, so is on the hands of the band to steal enough money to pay everyone taxes on time - this ends up giving a lot of room for action, because they are running out of time and need to go stealing a lot and well, they can get caught and things can get ugly. One little complaint is the plot of the series isn't all that clear until the very ending of the book, I mean you can always guess but it's never really defined and it still can not be what I'm guessing it is, so yeah it can be kind of a bump not known where this is going. But it wasn't all action and kicking ass there was also romance, which I'm torn. Let me explain, there is a love triangle, but it seemed like such an unnecessary love triangle seriously is so obvious for who Scarlet has true feelings that every time the other dude made a move (for more sweet that it was) I would just roll my eyes and pray to this end quickly - gladly (I think) this was resolved by the end of this book, now I hope Scarlet will have eyes only for her one true love and give me lot of swoon scenes on the next installment. Also, it would have been a lot less awkward if the other dude didn't had feelings for Scarlet at all - I mean image he seeing Scarlet kissing and making heart eyes for her actual love #awkward. Other nitpick about this one is the language because it's writing in a dialect, it was kind of hard to get into it first but the action keep me entertained and when I saw I was totally into the story and without any problem understanding what the hell was going on. The setting too could have been more fleshed out, I guess the language is this way because of the time but taking this from this book it could have taken place anywhere on England, I wish there was more descriptions of the village and that I could have a felt of this place that Scarlet and the others fight so hard to keep. But still this one was definitely a winner, I ready it super fast each time I had a chance to pick it up and I can see myself wanting to re-read it over and over. I super recommend this book to everyone but specially for readers who want something fast paced, doesn't mind a little bit of cliche on their romances and love original retellings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Scarlet, Lady Theif and Lion Heart! They are three wonderfulbooks that tell the story of Will Scarlet/ Maid Marian. I recomend these to any tenage girl. But start at the first with Scarlet, then you'll be finishing Lion Heart not soon after. It is an amazing romsnce trilogy!
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Book Review 2  Scarlet  by: A.C. Gaughen  Even though this book is a copy of robin hood it still has as much excitement, drama, romance, and mystery as the real story. But in this story, the hero is girl. Scarlet is a girl with a dark past and likes to hide it by pretending to be a man named Will. She lives with Robin Hood in the forest by Nottingham. Scarlet does not speak to anyone, she prefers to be alone and would rather sit in a tree all day long then face the real world. She is also skilled in fighting, and stealing just like Robin Hood and the merry men. There is a twist in the love story though which makes you think who Robin really was in love with. The rest of the story is yours to find out.  Recommended to young adults, mainly females because it really makes a statement to females that have had a rough past or are struggling to keep their lives together. I enjoyed this book very very much and have read it many of times. To me it was better than Robin Hood. 
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe this released in 2012 and despite hearing of it's awesomeness I didn't read it until the tail end of 2014. Don't be like me! Read it now if you haven't! The Lion Heart is out in May and it's the perfect opportunity to binge read this amazing, incredible, and damn astounding series. Seriously, you can't lose. I love the Robin Hood mythology. I love the despite nobody knowing if this man ever really existed, people are drawn to the story of Robin, his men, the Sheriff of Rottingham Nottingham, and many other factors and make each retelling belong solely to its individual creator. Scarlet is no exception to this and A.C. truly makes this retelling her own. Scarlet is running from a past she wants no one to know of and now that past has come back with a vengeance. What I love about this plot is that we don't know who Scarlet was or why she ran from her home. A.C. doesn't tell us until we and her band absolutely need to know. Scarlet hints at it certain points during her narrative, but we don't know the whole story. And when the whole story does come out - whoa. Scarlet is a strong heroine and stands up for herself. At the same time, she can be insecure and tends to hide when she's emotionally wounded or is scared. However, she doesn't allow this insecurity to put her friends in danger. It's almost as if, even though they can't see Scarlet, she's always watching from the trees. I loved the men in the band as well. Robin is definitely a looker and I was shipping him and Scarlet immediately. He is fighting for his people while at the same time fighting his feelings for Scarlet. It's obvious he likes her but doesn't want to let his feeling become a distraction, especially when it comes to the inner workings of their band. John and Much are great secondary characters and they treat Scarlet with respect and love. Together, the four of them are their own little family in the woods - so much more than just a band of individuals fighting for the less fortunate. The language was a bit hard to get used at first, but within the first chapter or two I didn't even notice. It was accurate and truly made you feel like you were in the story. In my opinion, it's one of those minor things you wouldn't think about otherwise, but without it something would be missing. It made the story real and held your attention. Scarlet's plot is intricately woven and won't let you sleep until you finish and even then - hello hangover! I flew though this book because I could not stand not knowing what was going to happen next. I had to know, I needed to know how is was all going to pan out. And once I finished . . . Oh, the feels.
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