Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Overall Impression:

In a Word: Tempting

Source: Publisher, Netgalley

Publication Date: February 2012

Short Synopsis (Goodreads)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.

My Review: First off, a book about Robin Hood from a girl in his bands perspective? Sign me up double time! When I first heard about this book I was extremely excited. Second, how cool is it to have a book with your name?

To begin with, do you ever get that feeling when you're reading that you and the main character would be BFF's in real life or something? Yeah....that wouldn't happen here. Scarlet wouldn't realize or care I existed. Sh'e kind of prickly like that. And it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, from a distance she's still pretty awesome and does a lot of awesome stuff, but we just would't be friends probably.

One of the biggest pluses for this book is that it from a different perspective from than we are used to in our Robin Hood stories. Plus, kick-butt females leads are always fun to read about. There were times where I could really feel for Scarlet, her choices and her insecurities. The plot moved along at a pretty good pace and there were some heart flutters moments and also times were I wasn't exactly certain what would happen next or how things would work out.

In addition, and I didn't really notice this until after I had finished reading the book, Ms. Gaughen does a pretty good job of setting up the world of Robin Hood. It wasn't a fleshed out as it could have been, but there was a just enough explanations and adjectives for me to feel a part of that area to the point where it helped support the story instead of (a lack of, or too much of) would have detracted from it.

Overall, I did like this book and will be keeping a very watchful eye on what else Ms. Gaughen comes up with next.

That being said, there were also quite a few things that....annoyed me...especially towards the end. This surprised me since I did like this book, and I usually am not the type to get annoyed by things. I think it has to do with Scarlet being prickly. If I could have sympathized with her more, these things probably would have been easier to look over, but because she's a little snobbish and didn't really trust others with her feelings, these things did get a little on my nerves. Slight spoiler rant follows, highlight in parentheses to see. 

These are the reasons this book got only a 4 rating for me....but really, a 4 rating is pretty awesome and you should give this book a try!

Also, you have been warned! It was about the last 15 pages that I had some issues with, so only if you have read the book are you advised to read the following. If you're read the book, I would love to get your take on how things turned out!

(First slight annoyance was how often Scarlet got hurt, like really hurt, but was still able to do all of this stuff, either while getting away or just a day or two after. Recovery time didn't feel as realistic to me as it could have been.
Then, at the end, she's climbing the rafters of the great hall. Why? I had no clue...then she leaves John to fighting Gisborne....had it been me, I would have been crazy worried about him getting hurt, but also wanting to see the deed actually done. Kill my husband! And then, after she has randomly climbed the rafters, and though she is really really hurt, she runs across the thatched roofing, climbs down it and runs into the forest after Rob....who just a little bit before could barely stand to look at her because she was engaged, but now that she is married is all ok to snuggle with her. *sigh* I'm glad they got together, I really am, and it sounds like this may not be the end of their story, but it honestly felt more real with them at each other's throats, fighting. The snuggling came a bit too quick for me, even though I was wanting it to happen for the whole book......and now I'm done.
If you read this through, what were your thoughts on these scenes? Did they annoy you? Or did you think they were the best parts? Always glad to hear opposing points of view!)


  1. I'm so tempted to read your spoiler parts, but I haven't read the book yet so I will try to rein in my curiosity :P

    I'm so on the fence about this book! I think I want to read it, but I'm getting vibes from the MC that I'm not sure I like and your review backs them up. I think I'll give it a shot at some point though. Thanks for all the info!

  2. I haven't read the book but it sounds quite interesting. What a different take on a Robinhood-ish tale!

  3. Eep! *scrolls past tempting spoiler parts* Thanks for whiting those out for us ;)

    I saw the cover for this and went WOW. It's absolutely gorgeous. And the summary sounds exactly like something I'd love reading, too. I'm hoping I won't mind her prickliness as much, because this book sounds right up my alley. Once my library finishes updating their servers, I'll have to hunt it down ASAP!

    Thanks for the review! Do you know if it's launching a series, or if it's a stand-alone?


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