Read this about a year ago. Enjoyed it.
Genre: Historical Romance
Year Published: 2012
Number of Pages: 287 pages
Date Read: 1/10/2016
Series: Scarlet #1
Publisher: Walker & Company
You know what? I never would have thought that I would find an alternative story to the popular “Robin Hood” tale. I mean, I have seen many different versions of “Robin Hood” being played out on television and movies and yet, A.C. Gaughen’s “Scarlet” still remains to be one of the most original retellings of “Robin Hood” I had ever read!
Will Scarlet is a part of Robin Hood’s band of thieves and is pretty handy with using knives to take down the enemies. However, what everyone except for Robin Hood and his men do not know is that Will Scarlet is really a woman! It turns out that Will Scarlet had a tragic past that she refuses to tell anyone about, especially to Robin Hood and John Little. One day however, the Sheriff of Nottingham calls upon Lord Gisbourne to take down Robin Hood and his band of thieves and it seems that Scarlet’s past will soon catch up with her with Gisbourne back in town.
Wow! Now, I will admit that I was a little hesitant about reading this book at first because I was not sure what to expect from this book and I did not know that it was a retelling of “Robin Hood.” So, after I read this book, I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this book and how it retold the story of “Robin Hood” to feature a more capable and heroic female protagonist! A.C. Gaughen did a fantastic job at retelling this story of Robin Hood and his band of thieves by featuring a strong female protagonist in Will Scarlet and the love triangle between her, Robin Hood and John Little. It was great seeing Will Scarlet fighting against her enemies by using her knives to stab them and the action sequences where Robin Hood and his band of thieves fight off the Sheriff’s men were well written and literally had me sitting on the edge of my seat to see if Robin Hood and his band thieves were able to defeat the Sheriff’s men! I also loved the way that A.C. Gaughen wrote each character, especially Will Scarlet and John Little. I loved the fact that Will Scarlet is capable of taking care of herself when it comes to fighting since it shows that she is not your stereotypical damsel in distress and I also loved the fact that she speaks her mind about what she truly wants in life instead of letting people make the decisions for her. I also loved the character of John Little as he is shown to be a bit flirtatious with Scarlet, but he also has a heart of gold and is willing to protect everyone in the band of thieves at the cost of his own life.
The reason why I took off half a point from the rating is because I felt that the romance in this book was a little annoying to sit through. I usually do not do well with love triangles in books because they are often done poorly and they make you wish that you were not rooting for anyone to hook up in the story. I got a bit fed up with Scarlet not making up her mind about whether or not she wants to spend her life with John Little or with Robin Hood as she spent the majority of the book going back and forth on who she wants to be with. Also, I was a bit put off by how Robin Hood was portrayed in this story as it seemed like he was too moody and he did not have that cheerful personality he usually does in other adaptations and I wanted his character to be fleshed out a bit more than just being a moody character who does not know how to show his feelings for Scarlet.
Overall, “Scarlet” is a truly interesting read for anyone who wants to read a creative retelling of “Robin Hood” with a strong female protagonist!
Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog
WHAT!? You can't end a whole series there! What's wrong with you? did you just go....er thats good enough they got the gist. NO! I want need the rest!!
Does the king come back? Do they have babies? Did Winchester and Margaret get married? How did Elenor react to her son/the prince loosing his shit? and in front of everyone!? What happened to Prince John afterwards? and poor David!?
[spoiler]why would you kill him off? he was so wonderful [/spoiler]
- plus i felt his character had secrets to explore! Did they involve Allan? Also who is this Allan character? why don't i recall him from the previous book? How am i suppose to live without more Scar and Rob stories?
Alright I'll stop with my whinging - this was truly remarkable read and I'm grateful I was introduced to this incredible series (thanks again Joan for pointing it out to me)
I absolutely love the play on history. I unfortunately don't know much about what actually happened during this time period but from my understanding the author (A.C. Gaughen - who did an excellent job in the re-telling) stuck to a good chunk of whats described in history books but managed to make it much more interesting and compelling for people like myself (people unwilling to read the usual history books cause they can be a little stuffy!) with little changes here and there when she had to make the book more fun for her short attention span reader. I for one loved all 3 books! The characters leapt off the pages and caught my heart with their wonderful quirks - I recall crying and laughing more than once from them. The world building was spectacular, that forest! I know all forest in general look alike and there for not much imagination in needed but this forest made me crave being outdoors, I just wanted to run through the bush jumping mossy logs, climbing trees, swimming scandalously nude in pools of water. It really was beautifully written and made me feel at times that i truly was Scar, just loving the simple beauty of freedom.
Shame her life is for the most part sucky as hell - but then i suppose she wouldn't make the same character i adored the whole way through without all those horrible events. Just a shame we didn't really get to picture her and Robin happy together. The book ended in the middle of a fight for christ sakes! oh well still a really good series even if this wasn't my favorite book (as you should know by now i think it could do with some more pages, I'm a demanding reader like that! lol)
Well its almost 2.30am and i have school work tomorrow so bed time for me.
What to read now....