Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Length: 305 pages

Released Date: February 14, 2012

Format: E-book

Source:  Amazon Kindle Store

Age Group: Young Adults

Genres: Historical, Retellings, Adventure

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Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the evil Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only Big John and Robin Hood know the truth-that the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. It’s getting harder to hide as Gisbourne’s camp seeks to find Scarlet and drive Robin Hood out of Nottinghamshire.

But Scarlet’s instinct for self-preservation is at war with a strong sense of responsibility to the people who took her in when she was on the run, and she finds it’s not so easy to turn her back on her band and townspeople. As Gisbourne draws closer to Scarlet and puts innocent lives at risk, she must decide how much the people of Nottinghamshire mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles and temper have the rare power to unsettle Scarlet. Full of exciting action, secrets, and romance, this imaginative retelling of the classic tale will have readers following every move of Robin Hood and band of thieves.

My eyes caught sight of this book is a great example of love at first sight. Not because I have a weird obsession with red (a.k.a Scarlet), but also this is a retell story of Robin Hood. And who doesn’t love the legendary Robin Hood?

When I started to read this book, it struck right into me with Scarlet’s narrative voice. It was so genuine, so true with the era that after finished reading the book, I was so impressed and started to talk like that for a whole week until my friend couldn’t take it any more and fixed me back.

Our protagonista is Will Scarlet, a member of the Merry Men and a famous thief. But Scarlet has a secret that only Robin Hood and his men know…Scarlet is actually a girl. Having two identities, Will, a young lad who is fast with sharp knives, and Scarlet, a lady thief with hidden past, together with Robin Hood and the band of thieves, Scarlet protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff and ruthless Lord Gisbourne.

Scarlet is a strong, dauntless and secretive girl. She stands up and protects the things she cares about, even if it may cost her own life. She faced Gisbourne, fought for justice along side with Robin, John, and Much, and is one of the most courageous female characters I’ve come across. She is no less in any quality than an actual lad, except whenever Robin smiled, her heart unsettled a bit, which I found extremely cute. the uneasiness between her affection toward Robin and the flirtatious remarks of Little John grows in her day by day, but it doesn’t stop her being a strong, passionate girl under a boy identity, who always helps the people in need.

Robin Hood, the one and only legendary Walking Ghost and head of the band of thieves. He is an ideal kind of guy, excellent swordsman, always look after his family and people, and come from a family who had rather high social and political status. He cares deeply for the Nottinghamshire people and always fight for justice. He received a very honorable title by Scarlet as “the only person I trust,” which warm my heart more than a little bit every now and then.

Along side with the flirtatious Little John, or determined Much, and other spectacular characters, Scarlet is a fantastic book full of action, friendships, loyalty, and love. I definitely recommend this book, especially for those who find it hard to learn about Robin Hood. Although Scarlet is a retell and has many different details from the real story, the book will make it easier for you to get into Robin and his Merry Men.

Rating: 9/10

Books in the series:

Scarlet #1

Lady Thief #2

Lion Heart #3

Recommend similar books:  Grave Mercy, The Emperor’s Edge, Maid Marian, Poison Study


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