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Scarlet [Paperback]

A.C. Gaughen
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7 Jun 2012

Posing as one of Robin Hood's thieves to avoid the evil Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only her fellow outlaws, John Little, Much and Robin Hood know the truth - this agile thief is no boy but in fact a fearless young woman with a secret past. But Scarlet is torn between her desire to get as far from Lord Gisbourne as possible and a strong sense of responsibility to those who took her in when she was first on the run. As Gisbourne draws closer to Scarlet and puts innocent lives at risk, she must decide how much the people of Nottinghamshire mean to her, especially John Little and Robin, whose quick smiles and temper have the rare power to unsettle Scarlet.

Full of exciting action, secrets and romance, this imaginative retelling of the classic tale will have readers following every move of Robin Hood and his band of thieves.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408819767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408819760
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A romantic retelling of the Robin Hood story, told by Will Scarlet brilliantly portrayed as a young woman

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A. C. Gaughen is a freelance writer and regular blogger who has had several stories published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. This is her first book for Bloomsbury. She attended college in Scotland but now lives in Massachusetts, USA.

http://www.acgaughen.com/


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The idea is good the pace not 17 Mar 2014
By AGDA
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I have read the reviews and the plot summary and was sure this could be an interesting book. I love Robin Hood tales, shows, movies, etc. and Will Scarlett is always my second favourite character (sometimes even the first), and the idea that he is really a woman disguised as a man to avoid trouble sounded good, but the book is badly written, slow pace, the characters are not well created and some of the situations are less than believable at best.
Scarlet refusing to eat but being a bad-ass, trying to remain a man but refusing to cut her lovely long hair because it is pretty, and the band of merry man being all the time obsessed with her eating habits. On the first 40 pages Robin (Rob) tells her to eat at least 10 times, it gets boring pretty fast.
I can't rate any book one star but this was a disappointment
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 25 Dec 2013
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Enjoyed the twist that Will Scarlet was a girl. I know a good book when I don't want it to end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood with a Twist 10 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
I am head over heels in love with this book! I can't wait to start reading it all over again because it was incredible. Being obsessed with all things Robin Hood, when I first head about it I was dying to get my hands on a copy. When I actually started reading it I was well and truly hooked. A.C. Gaughen should be congratulated for a new spin on a traditional tale and for the the tremendous storytelling skills which are on display in 'Scarlet'.

As I was reading it, I could picture the book being made into a television series because the setting and characters just came alive before my eyes.

What's different about this story to others about Robin Hood is that Robin actually takes a backseat for once to Will Scarlet - who just so happens to be a girl. Whereas Hood is a name which resonates with people, Will Scarlet has always been his loyal friend and member of his band. But here the story is narrated by Scarlet who is brave and as tough as any man and determined to help the people of Nottingham whatever the cost. Scarlet's narrative voice was really distinctive and the way she spoke fitted perfectly with the era of the story. I loved her straightaway - she is amazing! There's a twist involving her near the end of the book which I honestly never saw coming and which made my jaw drop.

One of the reasons I am crazy about this book is because of the relationship between Scarlet and Robin. Although she tries to deny it to herself at times, she's mad about him. He makes her melt when he looks at her or talks to her in a certain way. I loved the fact that there's such a noticeable spark between them and that their romance is allowed to slowly build and develop and yet doesn't overshadow the main storyline.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible read! 3 July 2012
Format:Paperback
I had been ridiculously excited when I first heard about this book, but back then, I had thought that it was only being published in the US, and would not hit our British shores. So imagine how excited I was when I got an email from Bloomsbury, not only informing me that they would be publishing this in the UK in June 2012, but also asking me if I would like a review copy. YES, Bloomsbury, yes I would!
I used to love the story of Robin Hood and his band of merry men when I was young, so I was hoping that this book would be perfect for me, and it really did not disappoint me in any way.

I suppose I'll start with what stood out to me first, and continued to stand out the most, throughout the book; the way it's written. The writing is heavily stylised, but this works really well, especially as it's used to reflect how Scarlet speaks, and I could definitely 'hear' her character and voice come through. It made her character so much more defined, and it set the tone for the book so well. It just felt more real to me, than it would have done, had it been written in a style that was closer to something that we would consider to be more 'normal' prose. For me, this really sets it apart from most of the other books I read. It stands out - in a very good way.
I also loved the setting. The book is so richly described, that I could feel myself being transported into the little villages, such as Edwinstowe (where a lot of the book takes place), or into the forest (either the trees that Scarlet climbs, or the cave, where the band hides out). I could see myself there, walking through the market in Nottingham with them, or sitting in Tucks. It was so well described, that it felt incredibly real to me.

As for Scarlet's character, I loved her for most of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet 27 Sep 2013
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Will Scarlet, one of Robin Hood's band of outlaws, is not all he seems to be, as he is actually a young woman called Scarlet, and only a few know her secret as she is hiding from a dangerous past. Scarlet is loyal to Robin and is willing to do anything to help the people of Nottingham. That is until the Sheriff of Nottingham hires the thief taker, Gisbourne, someone who Scarlet knows from her old life and could cost Scarlet her life and more. Will Scarlet, Robin and the other outlaws, Little John and Much be able to avoid Gisbourne and raise enough money to cover the high taxes the sheriff is asking of the people of Nottingham?

Scarlet is a twist on the Robin Hood tale and is really enjoyable as there is lots of action and romance. However, even though I am rubbish at geography I am fairly sure Gaughen has underestimated the distances between different places as they seemed to travel dozens of miles in only an evening.

I like Scarlet as she is willing to do anything the boys can, and is loyal and self-sacrificing but is very nave about boys and romance. However, I felt she is a bit too self-sacrificing such as her refusing to eat just because others were going hungry, and I felt like it could have been explored and dealt with but near the end it was ignored. I liked all of the "merry men" (I'm not sure I can call them that) but my favourite is Much as he is the only one who did not want anything out of Scarlet. Out of the other two I preferred Robin as John only felt like an obstacle for the romance between Scarlet and Robin. That being said I did not like Robin much as he either thought he was better than everyone else or was just rude to Scarlet.

While the romance in this book was disappointing, I will be reading the next book Lady Thief to find out what happens next to Scarlet and the gang. I would recommend Scarlet to fans of historical fantasy retellings.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Historically Inaccurate
I hated this book so much I had to write a review about it. If you are going to write a book set in a specific period of history the least you could do is a little bit of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly brilliant
I purchased this book after searching for something else and it appearing. Robin Hood well why not? I enjoyed this book so much I could not put it down. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet/pink
Very disappointing! If this is supposed to do anything for women it didn't work. Intriguing start but petered out into the usual man/woman fight. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
Great reworking of a classic story. About time a new kick-ass heroine arrived! I really enjoyed this book, it was a great birthday present and I shall be buying more copies for my... Read more
Published 22 months ago by sasbella
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing, Amazing Debut That Just Jumped Right Off The Page And Into...
After reading this I found myself dreaming of Robin Hood and his band of men. It was almost as awesome as reading it all over again. Not quite, but almost... Read more
Published 23 months ago by TheBookAddictedGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good adaption of a classic tale
Overall I have to say that I did enjoy this book. I'm not going to lie, it did take me about a quarter of the way through to get really into it. Read more
Published on 3 July 2012 by J Juckes
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike anything I've read before
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Published on 22 Jun 2012 by Josef Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! Fantastic Twist on a Classic
I loved this new take on Robin Hood and his merry gang. While the language takes a bit getting used to it makes the story seem authentic to the period and I grew to appreciate the... Read more
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