Scarlet

Scarlet

by A. C. Gaughen

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Overview

Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets—skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood's band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet's biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know . . . that the boy terrorizing the sheriff's men is really a girl.

Scarlet's identity is in danger of being exposed when Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more—making this a fight worth dying for.

Acclaim for Scarlet

A YALSA-ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book

An ALA Amelia Bloomer Recommended Book

A Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth Book

A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Pick

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681198194
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Series: A. C. Gaughen's Scarlet Series , #1
Edition description: New
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

A. C. Gaughen is the author of the Elementae series and of Scarlet, Lady Thief, and Lion Heart. She serves as the Director of Girls’ Leadership for the non-profit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston area. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.

www.acgaughen.com

@acgaughen

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Scarlet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 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.
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
2.5 of 5 stars.Everyone knows the gist of the tale of Robin Hood. He and his Merry Men robbed the rich to feed the poor, during the time when King Richard was off fighting in the crusades and the Sheriff of Nottingham was taxing the people to the point of death. One of those famous Merry Men is Will Scarlet, Robin's knife-throwing sidekick. But what if Will Scarlet were actually just Scarlet? A knife-throwing girl? Well, then, you get Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, a book I really wanted to love and just ... didn't.Let me preface this review by first saying that I LOVE retellings, and this one sounded so unique that I knew I had to read it. Scarlet has a backstory - she's hiding her past, pretending to be a boy, and it somehow ties together with Guy of Gisbourne, a thief taker that she had some sort of run-in with in the past. What I didn't realize know was that this book has a rather unlikeable main character and a love triangle, which I hate. And this love triangle goes from the first pages until the end of the book, with no relief. Truly it was the love triangle that accounts for much of this three-star rating; it annoyed me to unknown depths.And then you have Scarlet, who suffers from a pretty major martyr complex. She is also grumpy, uncouth, and irritating in equal measures. My biggest problem with her, though, was her dialogue - her constant use of "were" instead of "was" - which, considering this book is told from her first-person pov, got really grating really quickly. I had a really hard time getting into her narrative because her manner of speaking just kept throwing me out of what was going on. I also have a problem with a character who punishes herself for her perceived faults, particularly when others are relying on her. Again, see above re: the martyr complex.As for the love triangle, here is the gist: Scarlet pretends she doesn't have feelings for Robin - "It weren't like I wanted him. Or that I could have him, which were the same thing, right?" - and basically leads John on. John clearly likes her (and so does Robin, but Scarlet is too stupid to see this for herself in true YA fashion), and instead of confronting how she feels about Robin, she just goes along with John's feelings for her. At one point, Robin actually says to her, "Figure this out, Scarlet. Figure if you're with John or not, because while you toy with him, you're toying with my band, and that means you're toying with the people of Nottinghamshire ... [and] you're toying with me, too." (pg. 171) But Scarlet doesn't figure it out, not until the end of the book, and it seriously just got to be too much. The other problem is that both of the guys have issues of their own, particularly Robin, who has his own martyr complex going on. And I couldn't help but LOL when Scarlet calls him out on it, particularly when she's been doing the same exact thing the entire book. Pot, kettle, much?The book picked up toward the end when the truth about Scarlet's past comes out, and it culminates in a Big Action Scene (per the usual), but by that point I was only reading to finish the book and not because I was enjoying it anymore than I had been. The truth is that the love triangle really ruined this story for me, which is unfortunate, because I think the whole idea behind the retelling had a lot of promise. But I have seen tons of glowing reviews for this book, so please don't just take my word for it. It's worth a library checkout to see if you can find more enjoyment in the things I didn't like.
summerskris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scarlet is a strong girl, perhaps a little too storng. She's an adept thief, quick with her blades, and has a good heart. She has a dark past that prevents her from coming clean with the band that views her as one of their own. I had a hard time with how quick she is to dismiss people who want to help her. Rob's band is obvious made of good guys, and they can't give her what she needs when she doesn't tell them about herself. I did not like the love triangle. There must be a reason somewhere, but I couldn't see John the charmer developing a sudden interest in Scarlet, and she doesn't clarify their standing with each other. Then there's Robin, who seems interested in Scarlet yet keeps hurting her with his words. Both have trust issues in themselves and each other. Much of it is Scarlet's fault for keeping so much to herself, but Robin also has to learn to open up too. I did like the action, and there is plenty of it. A battle of wits. Close calls. Rescue missions. Forbidden love. This book has it all. There are adrenaline-rushing moments when the band meets the law, and there are tense, suspense-filled moments when they can only lay low and keep watch. I did feel that this novel wrapped up a bit too quickly, and it leaves us hanging as to what will happen next. Overall, however, this is a fun novel starring one of my all-time favorite outlaw heros and his fair maid of sorts. I recommend this for historical fiction (and Robin Hood lovers) looking to pass the time with an independent-minded young woman making her way as a thief in band of outlaws bringing justice to town.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't your typical Robin Hood story.What do you think of when you think of Robin Hood? Does a specific adaptation come to mind? For some people it's the old-school Disney version with the foxes, for others its the Prince of Thieves version with Kevin Costner. But for me, it's Men in Tights, the cheeky, yet hilarious, Mel Brooks adaptation that featured a Robin Hood "who can speak with an English accent."In this version from debut author A.C. Gaughen, the focus is on the much-less-famous Will Scarlet who, in this version, is actually a woman named Scarlet (aka "Scar). A loyal friend of Robin Hood (aka "Rob"), Scarlet is the most cunning, most talented -and craziest -thief in Rob's gang. Only Rob's gang knows the truth about Scarlet's identity, and, with her help, the famous "merry men" of myth must battle the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham and the evil Lord Gisbourne. I was in love with the book from the very first page. Scarlet is totally my kind of woman -strong, confident and just a little bit nuts. Her character rang true in every piece of dialog here, and I was completely taken in by her disguise and her unexpected past -though I wasn't particularly happy with the result. Despite that, Scarlet takes readers on a fun ride from the moment she steps on the page until the moment she steps off. She has so much personality, however, that she takes over virtually every scene she's in and the other characters seem to shrink into the background, even Robin had a diminished presence around Scarlet that made him much smaller on the page.Now, what really helped add to Scarlet's character is that how the author chose to approach the narrative. The entire book is in from Scarlet's point of view, thus the author chose to write in the way Scarlet speaks, which is colorful, but not grammatically correct, so for someone like me who is kind of a grammar Nazi, this drove me insane for most of the novel. Call it a personal quirk, but it was so hard for me to get past...so hard. But I have to give Gaughen props for daring to use such a device to fully develop her character to the reader, it's tough to do, but paints a well-developed portrait of who Scarlet is -or at least wants to be.I was really excited about this book, and while I admit I was a little disappointed with the ending, Scarlet delivered a fun adventure that put an unexpected twist on an old story.
Truly_Bookish on LibraryThing 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
CelineNyx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are countless movie and book adaptions of the Robin Hood myth, and now we got another: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. In this one Will Scarlet is actually a girl. Only her band mates and a few select people know the truth; that she's just Scarlet.Of course, the evil sheriff is after the poor people of Nottingham. But things get even more complicated when thief-taker Gisbourne enters the scene, someone from Scarlet's past that she would rather forget.I am an utter Robin Hood newbie. Seriously, the only thing about the myth that I know is that he was a guy that stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and that he had some friends that helped him steal stuff. So I got into Scarlet with no expectations other than it being an engaging read. I was very satisfied with how the novel turned out to be.I have no idea if this book will also satisfy the hard-core Robin Hood fans of the world. The story wasn't that very strong plot-wise. It's pretty straight-forward with barely any twists you don't see coming. It was entertaining enough; there was a little mystery about Scarlet's past that was interesting and wasn't revealed until the end of the novel.The main way of creating tension wasn't the plot but the characters. From the legendary Robin Hood "Rob" himself to the one-handed Much, and not to forget Little John. I loved them all, and how they stick together as a band. As any group of people that spend a lot of time together they bicker and banter but their camaraderie was heart-warming. I also enjoyed seeing the damaged but brave Scarlet between the guys, who don't know whether to protect her or treat her as any other.Romance is a big part of Scarlet. At first I wasn't so sure if I liked it the way it was going. Throughout the story I started to love all the characters, and about halfway I was hooked. Love is a strange concept for Scarlet, and it shows through the awkward moments she finds herself in. She is a rather angsty character who thinks she doesn't deserve any people caring for her. Any time something happens she can't deal with, she runs. Deep down, she's a great person, and I loved her through all of her flaws.Lastly, I would like to make a note on the writing itself. It's narrated first person through Scarlet's eyes, which helps to portray her feelings. This also means that the whole book is narrated with Scarlet's voice, who likes to refer to faces as "mugs" and to throats as "pipes" and other not so sophisticated epithets. It's slightly hard to get into at first, but it has a certain charm to it. I wouldn't want it any other way.I think Scarlet is a great adaptation of the classic Robin Hood tale, and one that will be enjoyed by older teens and adults alike.
TValeros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scarlet takes its readers on a wild romp through Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas¿every single page is packed with adventure (and if not adventure, heart-wrenching emotion). The setting is familiar of old Robin Hood tales, but A.C. Gaughen has given the characters and their circumstances a creative spin. Robin Hood himself is a moody, secretive guy with enough compassion to fill any heart to bursting. He¿s more of a respectable person this time around, and we connect with him on an emotional level. A.C. Gaughen successfully expresses the internal turbulence that accompanies the deeds that the Hood does. This allows us to really feel for Robin and grow to like him quite a bit.Robin isn¿t the protagonist of Scarlet, though; a scrappy young thief named Scarlet is. Scarlet is the girl we¿ve always wanted to be as a kid: she¿s tough, she can do awesome kick-flips, and she is an Independent Woman. Because of this, Scarlet is so easy to love. I was enamored with her character from page one. Once you start reading Scarlet, you¿ll understand: the protagonist is just a bundle of fun, and her narration makes the already stellar storyline twice as great.The more minor characters are also incredibly fun, making Scarlet feel fleshed out and well developed.The romance in Scarlet is the only thing that¿s a little iffy. It is genuine and believable, but it drags on a bit, especially considering there is a love triangle. Scarlet is a bit of a tease, though she doesn¿t know it, which makes you feel for the two guys that are interested in her. Despite the drawn out aspect of the romance, the development of a relationship between Scarlet and each guy is very well done. Readers will have a tough time picking a side, because both love interests are great fits for the leading lady (not to mention swoon-worthy!).If you¿re a fan of adventure-filled, exciting stories, Scarlet is definitely for you. The spunky heroine will win over anyone¿s heart, and the creative twist on the Robin Hood story will impress.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most people think ¿he¿ is Will¿but Will Scarlet, an infamous member of Robin Hood¿s band, is in fact a fiercely independent young woman running from her past. When the Sheriff of Nottingham hires the fearsome Guy of Gisbourne to catch Rob¿s band of thieves, Scarlet is forced to confront her past, as well as her long-ignored feelings, if she wants to save her friends and loved ones.Not having grown up on Robin Hood tales of adventures and his Merry Men (I seemed to be more of the Brothers Grimm type), SCARLET was really one of my first introductions to this Robin Hood. And SCARLET is indeed a delightful book, featuring unusual ¿dialect¿ prose, sympathetic characters, and plenty of action and romance.The star of SCARLET is undoubtedly the book¿s eponymous heroine. SCARLET may be set in the early Middle Ages, but Scarlet is definitely a 21st-century kind of heroine: spunky, stubborn, and loyal to perhaps a fault. There were times in the beginning when her forcible resistance to accepting help was irritating to me, but as the story unfolded, it was easy to see why Scarlet always holds herself at a distance and is stubbornly determined to be completely independent of others. SCARLET also offers plenty of action¿sometimes of the bloody type. The constant ¿movement¿ of characters allows us to see and get to know their different personalities.The one thing that perhaps bothered me about SCARLET was, I felt, the book¿s eventual descent into the love triangle that is all-too-often characteristic of any type of YA novel nowadays. I wanted the book to focus mostly on Scarlet and her friends¿ increasingly dangerous troubles, in the way of my favorite fantasy novels; however, it felt too me like a good part of the last two-thirds of the book revolved around Scarlet¿s dealings with two men who may or may not be interested in her: Little John and Rob. It¿s not too much of a surprise who Scarlet ends up with, but I couldn¿t help but feel that the other ¿side¿ of the triangle was rather unnecessary, and even uncharacteristic to Scarlet. Ah, another book sacrificed to the altar of YA love triangles.Overall, however, SCARLET was an enjoyable and action-packed read that will appeal to a wide age range of readers. It definitely inspired me to read more about the Robin Hood myth afterwards, and it¿s a refreshing new take on the legend for avid Robin Hood or historical fiction devotees.
Paper_Dreams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I will admit it. Initially I was turned off because of the cover, and I almost passed over being a part of the tour. I am so, so very glad I decided to give this a chance. The legend of Robin Hood has always been fascinating to me. I have seen several film versions, and I own the first two seasons of the recent BBC series. This new twist brought the story a vivid new life. Scarlet¿s language was rather off-putting at first, but after the first few chapters I got used to it. It was a deliberate choice on the part of the author, and I think it fit well with the story. Each of the characters within the book are a little bit familiar. Rob, John, Much, Gisbourne. The names are sure to be recognizable to anyone who knows something about the legendary Robin Hood. At the same time, however, these characters were so much their own, so unique. I adored the interactions between the gang and the depth that each character brought with them. It can be very hard to take a story that has been told over and over and make it your own. The author accomplishes that and still writes a compelling, gripping story. The mystery of Scarlet¿s past and identity kept me hooked, but it was the characters that made me love the story. There is a love triangle, which I was quite unsure of. Reflecting on it though, I think that I am okay with it and may actually like it. A second reason I was not sure about this going in was the lack of Marian to the story. I mean how can you not have Marian!? If you are irritated by the change as well, I would still encourage you to give this a chance. I am a diehard fan of Marian, and I still adored this book. Overall I was highly impressed with this book. I definitely had low expectations going into this, but found myself blown away by a remarkable story. The only issue I had with the book was that there were some typos, particularly with Much¿s name. It often was not capitalized, but I am assuming that those will be fixed before the finished edition is published. I would highly recommend this to fans of the Robin Hood legend and those who like a good historical romance.
PerfectlyTolerable More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I was so completely engrossed in the story that I managed to block out everything around me. I read the book in two sittings. I couldn't put it down. I will warn you there is a love triangle. In general I think love triangles are overused and abused. However, in Scarlet I didn’t mind it. I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t go into details, but the love triangle actually helped the story and was fine. It was also not overdone. The writing is a little bit different. Here are a couple random sentences from the first page of the book: No one really knows ’bout me It were too hot and stank of beer and men It were heaving with bodies, laughs, and mugs slinging ’bout that I’m none too pleased ’bout It is written through the eyes of Will Scarlet so its written like he talks. And he talks like a peasant in Medieval times. Halfway through the first page I wasn’t sure I’d be able to finish the whole book if it stayed like that. (it did) But after a couple pages I didn’t even notice it anymore and it didn’t bother me at all. I actually kind of liked it. However, when I stopped reading and then came back, I had forgotten how bad it was and it took me a couple pages to re-adjust but then I was fine again. It reminded me of Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain. There were certain characters in that story that were hard to understand. Scarlet wasn’t nearly as bad as Pudd’nhead Wilson . Also, as an added bonus, the way Will talks comes into play later in the book, so its not completely pointless. Don’t let the grammar scare you! Its worth it. Just try and get through the first couple pages and hopefully you will get used to it like I did! I went through a Robin Hood phase in middle school where I read every single Robin Hood re-telling I could find. Because of that I will always have a soft spot for Robin Hood books, especially ones where the girls are not just love interests but part of the band. My favorite from before, was one where Robin was a girl. Since then there have been a lot more re-tellings with female Robins, but this is the first with a female Will Scarlet. (not a spoiler, it says Will is a girl in the synopsis) It was super creative. The plot was great too. It kept all the Robin Hood vibes but was unique enough that it kept me on my toes. There were some really great twists and turns. Like I mentioned before I was completely engrossed in the book! It was awesome. (I also enjoyed the chance to use Robin Hood gifs) There is a very real chance this book may re-start my Robin Hood obsession, but at least there are two more books in the series to keep me satisfied!
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.