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Scarlet

Scarlet

Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) A C Gaughen

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  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Format: Hardback | 292 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 221mm x 36mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0802723462
  • ISBN 13: 9780802723468
  • Sales rank: 135,189

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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.

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A. C. Gaughen is a freelance writer and regular blogger who has had several stories published in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series. While attending college in Scotland, which she believes to be the most romantic and naturally beautiful place in the world, AC became enamored of the country's rich history and folklore. She now lives in Massachusetts with her two-year old goldendoodle.

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By Joanne Levy 29 Feb 2012 5

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!

By SpadesHigh 19 Feb 2012 4

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!