Author: A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #1
What can I say; I have a soft spot for
historical fiction. I love it; I can’t
seem to get enough of it. So when I
heard Scarlet was about the infamous Robin Hood and his band of misfits...I
couldn’t say no.
Thieving for others was the life Scarlet chose
for herself. Until the outlaw Robin Hood
coerced her to join his band of thieves including a one-handed boy named Much
and the dubious John Little.
Sheriff imposes impossible taxes upon the people of Nottingham, Robin’s band
always has things to do: rescue people from the jail, hunt food for the town
and steal from the rich to give to the poor.
But when the Sheriff changes his tactics and hires a thief taker (known
as the mysterious Lord Gisbourne) Scarlet’s life is turned upside down. Haunted by Gisbourne, Scarlet must overcome
her past and spill her secrets if she wants to protect the town and the man she
cares about most, the honorable Robin Hood.
What I LIKED about this book
I loved Scarlet.
Her character is fierce and independent; however there were a few times
I wanted to slap her. I loved the rich
historical detail and the dialect Gaughen uses for her narrative, although it
took me awhile to get used to it. This
book was full of mystery and adventure with subtle hints of romance.
What I DISLIKED about this book
I hated the love triangle between Scarlet, John,
and Robin! Why must YA writers feel like
they must do this? This ruined the book for me. And I felt like there was more of a
connection between Scarlet and John, even though you were rooting for Robin Hood. I didn’t feel the romance between Scarlet and
Robin. AHHHH! Why?
This could have been a fantastic book for me!
Overall I’m going to give Scarlet 4 out of 5
stars. Major deductions for the love
triangle, though I know a lot of people will disagree with my opposition to
them. Read this if you like mystery,
romance or just need a fast paced book, you won’t be disappointed. I was kind of hoping there would be a sequel;
and I just found out there will be!
Yay! Here’s hoping the love
triangle is fixed!