Title: Scarlet Author: A. C. Gaughen Publication: 2012, Walker Childrens Summary:Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.
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...read more
Review: Wow. I'm going to say that again. Wow. Driven and heart-stopping, "Scarlet" overflows with wicked action, vigorous determination and an all-too-awesome heroine. This is easily one of the most captivating and mind-blowing debuts of the year for me! "Scarlet" will cut out a rough yet furiously courageous tale in your heart, leaving behind brilliant scarlet, bleeding gashes outlined by the warmth of true friendships, loyalty, and love. Talented diction through the luring voice of our heroine unravels intriguingly through a surprisingly simple yet grabbing opening and transports the reader directly into the blazing core of an original take on the tale of Robin Hood. Never once do the characters fully rest, and neither will you as the reader! The thieves band of Robin, John, Much, and Will Scarlet is wound impossibly tight, which makes the inner struggles as the characters try to comprehend their true feelings all the more heart-wrenching. I was mercilessly tugged along Scarlet's adventures and battles yet never once could I put her story down, blink, or even breath at times. Scarlet is strong with a fiery temper and a kind heart shown through her generous and sometimes random acts of kindness to the people of her land. She is incredibly well-written and brought to life and will become a heroine to be celebrated. Robin, John, and Much shine heroically with life just like Scarlet and the strings of fate binding these four together might as well be made of real gold. This book's journey seemed to last so long regardless of the propelling pace and the effect of that was how much closer I felt to Scarlet, the boys, and Ms. Gaughen's rustic and fantastically vivid world.
I wanted to see the end of the pain, yet I savoured and enjoyed every moment this book had to offer. Ms. Gaughen seemed to be capable of accelerating and dragging out the pace of the story accordingly so to deliver the most of each punch. My heart pounded through all the way until the grand finale where it practically skipped a beat and stopped in the suspense. Deliciously dangerous and clever, well-written in a grasping sense, and colourfully brought to life, "Scarlet" is a sharply demanding and admirable tale. Ratings:✰✰✰✰✰ Sharp Hoots
Final Notes:I read two (TWO) books that I rated 5 Stars IN A ROW! My mind is all over the place right now. Anyway, definitely enjoyed this and if any of you like retellings, strong female protagonists, and a rustic sort of in-the-past setting, this is a great book to choose! "Scarlet" will definitely be a satisfying read, but I won't guarantee for everyone that it'll turn out to be a 5 Star book, Vivi just particularly liked this one. Now, I'm not comparing this book to Shannon Hale's books (which are my all time favourites for YA), but this book really struck the same sort of chord in essence. Probably why I loved it so much. Still, no doubt, hands down, one the best, best, best! debuts ever, and it's a fabulous stand-alone. Thanks for reading! ♡ Vivian
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