Friday, April 13, 2012
Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen


Published: 2. 14. 12
Publisher: Walker
Pages: 292
Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary: 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 actually really enjoyed this book. I was really excited to read another Robin Hood novel. 

Scarlet's narrating voice was awesome. It sounded really rough and in some places bad grammar, but that just adds to the realistic, historical feel of the story. Which was incredible by the way. Her character was also really interesting. Scarlet is one of the most interesting characters I have ever read about. She's this roughish girl who can fight and isn't afraid to fight. She can survive and she's got that side of her that's just...well rough. But she also has that more female and vulnerable side. She hurts, she feels, she suffers just like the next girl. It was interesting to see the contrast in the books


Some things about the relationship of Robin and Scarlet bugged  me ( see Spoiler Section). I did really like Scarlet's Deep and Dark Past. Okay I admit I guessed a lot of it throughout the book. AC Gaughen really did do good at keeping you interested in it and dropping hints. I was glad when it finally all came out though. It played an interesting part in the book. 

So to sum this up, I did enjoy this book and that there better be a sequel. To many things are left undone. I really did enjoy this, but some of the content issues took away a lot of the like I could have had for it. But it kept me interested for a long time and I can't wait to see where Scarlet's story goes.

*SPOILER ALERT*
It's quite obvious from the beginning that Scarlet and Robin like each other. They just both won't admit it. I admit that sometimes it was so annoying to see them fight with each other than when they could just admit they like each other and solve that problem. But no, Little John keeps trying to get Scarlet to like him back. Sometimes in slightly seductive mannerisms. And so she bounces back and forth never really liking John that way, but messing things up with Robin. I will definitly give her the award for making you hold on to find out how it resolves. 

Content: Moderate-Heavy
((Frequent uses of Deity (in the more personal word so that was really uncomfortable for me. A couple instances of the B**** word. H-E double hockey stick and the D*** word are also fairly common throughout. 
It's pretty obvious that John flirts with a lot of girls. Kisses them and sometimes it's implied that he "does it" with them. John is very flirtatious with Scarlet. Likes her and wants her to be with him. When she's shaking at night he pulls her into his arms and they sleep like that. He kisses her a couple times. Scarlet is hiding under the alias of a boy character and one adoring "fan girl" kisses her, not knowing her true identity. Reference to female and male "bits" throughout fight scenes and when Scarlet is bathing a few times.))

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