Tuesday, October 28, 2014

REVIEW - Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

Title: Scarlet
Author: A. C. Gaughen
Pages: 292 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Purchase: Via Amazon

Synopsis: Found on Goodreads.
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.

5 out of 5 stars

"You really haven't seen what I'm capable of, scar.  He's the one who should be very much afraid."

Holy crap, this book. Okay, so I am typically very MEH about books written in weird not normal English - cause that makes sense, right? - but this book, it had me hooked. It was wonderful! I wasn't actually expecting to like it as much as I did.  It is incredibly well written, and I needed more when it ended.

I love how we get insight as to who Scarlet is and what she has gone through. She's stubborn, strong, and feisty, not the kind of girl you want to cross, and that of course is my favorite type of heroine. She can also be moody and has a lot of fears and doubts about her own worth, which to me, feels pretty realistic to human nature. I really feel for her and want to give Gaughen a stern talking to about bullying her characters.

Rob is...just...where are my coherent thoughts? He can be a jerk, but he's pretty much easy to see through. I mean seriously Rob, who you think you're fooling with your macho act?

I also love our supporting characters (or well, to me they are just as main as Scarlet and Rob since they are almost always with them, but whatever). Much is by far, my favorite in the book though. He's far too dorbs and I just want to wrap him up and keep him forever.

Oh, and Gisbourne...yeah, you can go die.  Gaughen did a wonderful job of making me hate him, and the Sheriff for that matter.  I just wanna take and throw whatever I have on hand at them.

I truly enjoyed this book, and will have to get the second in the series asap. 

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