Author: A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Retelling
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in and puts innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more – making this a fight worth dying for.
First Sentence: None one really knows ’bout me.
I’ve had my eye on Scarlet for the longest time ever since a friend recommended it to me. Not only is Scarlet a Robin Hood retelling (like seriously, that is genius even though I forgot most of the story of Robin Hood), but I’ve also heard nothing but great things about it. There wasn’t any doubt that I went into Scarlet with pretty high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed.
“Everyone knows Will Scarlet can do anything,” Fred told him.
Jon rolled his eyes.
I decided I’d steal Fred something extra this week for that. (19)
The friend who recommended Scarlet to me long ago warned me that Scarlet had a weird writing style, but to not give up on it and keep on reading because it is so good. I have to admit that the writing style in Scarlet was weird and confused me a bit at first, but it was certainly unique and I wasn’t bothered by it at all. It only took fifteen pages or so for me to get used to the writing style in Scarlet and from then on, I could read it effortlessly like it was proper English.
Like the summary of Scarlet hinted at, Scarlet does have a love triangle. But wait, before you cross off Scarlet off your to-read list, here’s the thing: I wasn’t annoyed by the love triangle in Scarlet at all. There were a couple of obvious hints who Scarlet will end up choosing at the end, so the love triangle didn’t bother me at all. I sadly didn’t feel the chemistry between Scarlet and the guy she ended up choosing though, nor did I feel the chemistry between Scarlet and the guy she didn’t choose. Hopefully that will all change in the sequel.
Rob and John shot daggers at each other. With their eyes, leastways. I’m the only one who shoots real daggers. (170)
There was some small plot twists that I figured out before it was revealed, but that didn’t bother of affect my reading experience at all. Although I did see this one big twist that was revealed two-thirds into the book coming long ago, I still enjoyed how it played out nevertheless and I never expected the twist to play out the way it did.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Scarlet and will definitely be reading its sequel sometime soon. There isn’t any doubt in my mind that I will push Scarlet onto people if they’re a fan of retellings.