Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

We always a choice, even if we don't feel like there is one.

Book Summery

Scarlet is a thrilling new take on the tale of Robin Hood. The protagonist Scarlet is a theif who at first unwillingly joins a band of out laws in Nottingham, England in the time of the crusades. The town poeple of Nottingham perceive Scarlet as a boy thus calling her Will Scarlet. Never correcting them Scarlet allowed her true idetity and past to remain a secret, only allowing her band to know that she is in truth a girl. However as the band is struggling to steal enough money for the people of Nottingham to pay their taxes, they have a new obstacle they must over come. The corrupt Sherif of Nottingham send out the Theif Taker Lord Gisbourne to obtain the Hood, the leader of the band, Robin and the band itself, dead or alive. The demons of Scarlet's past are resurfacing and she is forced to make a choice. Either stay and fight alongside her band while confronting her demons and allow her past to be revealed or to flee from her demons and her band, leaving her band to be torn apart and slaughted one by one.

Quote: "We do what we do because there's something we can do about it. Things like 'how long' and 'what if' aren't part of that. It's about the hope, not the horror." ~Robin


I chose this book because it is a rewriten tale of the classic story of Robin Hood. Growing up I enjoyed the tale of Robin Hood and was intrested in how A.C. Gaughen would interpret the story and make it her own.

My favorite part of the book is towards the end, when Robin yells at Scarlet to go after a guard who went into the tunnle after the towns people they were saving. Although in actuality there was no guard. He knew that they couldn't win againt the army of guards and that Scarlet would continue to fight until the end. Unable to see her die he lied to her knowing she would go after the guard to save the towns people. He alowed himself to be captured, even though it would mean he would be hung the next moring. In his eyes however, it was worth the sacrifice, her life was too precious to him to lose even if that meant he would lose his.

In my opinion, Scarlet is a very good read with an intresting and never dull plot as well as having relatable characters. Its a book that you could get lost in, so consumed in the story that before you know it its over. Some reasons I enjoyed the book was, because it was full of mystery, for example; why Scarlet became a theif, where she came from, and who she really is. There was also a sudtle romance that didn't take away from the action of the story. I didn't however like Scarlet's inner diolog, it was writen the same way she spoke, uneducated, no consept of grammer and sentance structure.

Overall, I would rate Scarlet with 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed the plot, the characters were always intresting, and it wasn't your typical take on the tale of Robin Hood, however; I found that Scarlet's inner diolog would slightly mess with the flow of the story.

I would recommened this book to anyone who loves adventure, romcance, and the tale of Robin Hood.

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