Action and Intrigue, Secrets and Lies – Scarlet is an inventive and smart reimagining of the Robin Hood legend.

Action and Intrigue, Secrets and Lies – Scarlet is an inventive and smart reimagining of the Robin Hood legend.

You may think you know Robin Hood and his band of loyal followers, but A.C. Gaughen’s Scarlet shines a new light on the characters who populate Nottingham Forest.  This is an intriguing reimagining, and the start of a satisfying trilogy full of loss, love, and twists you won’t see coming (I just finished the ARC of the final book due out in summer 2015, and it won’t be a repeat of the Divergent debacle).  I thoroughly enjoyed every heartpounding and heartbreaking  minute of the book.  If you like any of the girls with swords books that have recently become so popular, this independent, swashbuckling protagonist with a tragic and mysterious past won’t disappoint.


Goodreads Summary

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. 
This book is available in the MHS library
Interested in the second book?  Lady Thief published in 2014.  The third book, Lion Heart, publishes May 19, 2015.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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