Monday, October 15, 2012

SCARLET by A. C. Gauchen

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.

First line:
"No one really know 'bout me."

Is this a stand alone book or not??
I liked many aspects of this book. I figured out the twist. There was a bit of foreshadowing with the dialogue.
Scarlet is strong and fierce and fearless. She can jump among tree limbs, throw daggers with accuracy and steal with the best thieves. It's almost unbelievable what she can do.
Robin Hood found her and brought her into his band. He didn't know she was a girl at first. But that doesn't stop her from thieving. He likes her; she likes him. But she's a thief, not a noblewoman which Robin should marry. He huffs a lot at her decision to not tell him her past. He feels she's lying to him by not telling him.
Gisbourne is evil!
Obstacles were constantly in the way of the goal of Robin and his band of bandits, moving the plot forward and keeping the pace moving.
The end confused me because there were loose ends so I wondered if this was a trilogy??

Rating: PG 14
S: No, kissing
V: Fighting, death
L: No


Loose ends
Too much 'poor me'

3 1/2 STARS

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