Book Review: Scarlet

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Scarlet

by
A.C. Gaughen

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Thoughts:

I was happy to take a break from the dystopian genre to read this little gem.  I enjoy retellings of old stories, and this story put us in the middle of Robin Hood’s gang. It started a little slow (or maybe I was just distracted), but by the 5th chapter, things were picking up and the rest read smoothly.  I found myself eagerly anticipating “one more chapter” several times before I made myself go to bed, but quickly finished it the following morning.  In short, I loved this book.  I loved its twists and turns, how bits of the past slowly came into the present.  I won’t spoil it, but definitely had an “ah-ha moment” in the middle when I learned Scar’s true name.  Fabulously done!

Recommendations:

Would I recommend this to fellow book lovers?  Yes!
Would I recommend this to teen readers?  Probably.  It does have quite a bit of blood/gore.

Rating

5 of 5 stars

 

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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, photographer, amateur chef, homeschooler, pretend gardener, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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