Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Review ~ Scarlet

by A.C. Gaughen
published by Walker Childrens
released February 2012

Summary (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 Thoughts:  I have to start by stating that while I enjoyed Robin Hood, it is not one of my favorite stories. I liked parts of this book but not the whole.
I liked twist of making one of Robin's men a woman and went in thinking there was potential. As most know I do not like love triangles, especially ones that seem forced. It's obvious from the start that Scar had feelings for Robin so having her start being close and having confused feelings for John made her character less strong and more wishy washy to me.
What worked for me was the way Robin's band (Robin, John, Scar, and Much) worked together to try and help the villagers with not only their taxes but everyday things. It made the conflict with the Sheriff and Thief Taker believable.
The twist or surprise of Scarlet's past was not surprising. It was too obvious from the stories Scar was telling throughout about Gisbourne that she had first hand knowledge of what she was talking about.
Overall the conflict with the sheriff and wanting to know how this reworking was brought to conclusion kept me reading. The love triangle and obvious twists brought it down some but this was still a good read that I would recommend to anyone who likes Robin Hood.

Rating: 3.5


  1. Yup I do love the twists of that story too. But as or me, Robin Hood is a hero. I could feel that there is really good in him.

  2. I did not like the love triangle either! I just want Scar with Robin and thought the John part was completely unnecessary and beyond frustrating.