Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen is the newest Robin Hood retelling. Y’all, I love the story of Robin Hood and I was extremely excited to pick this book up. I am happy to tell you that Scarlet more than lived up to my expectations! It has a comfortable spot on the list of best fantasy books I’ve ever read.
In Scarlet, the main character is a well known Robin Hood character re-imagined as a girl. She is fierce and loyal – such a fantastic character. But she definitely has some skeletons in her closet that are about to come back and bite her – and her friends – big time. When the sheriff hires someone to come in and catch the folks behind all the stealing going on – things get complicated fast. What will Scarlet, Robin Hood and the rest of their gang do?
Scarlet is prickly, grouchy and extremely touchy. She doesn’t trust easily and has a hair trigger temper. She lies as easily as she breathes. I love the fact that she isn’t a run of the mill heroine. She will not be what you expect, and it is a wonderful surprise to discover all the ins and outs of her personality. Oh man do I love her!
I also love how she and Robin interact – the romance here is a slow burn. Extremely satisfying when it comes to a head. You will not be disappointed – promise.
Basically everything is well written – from the plot intricacies to the characterization of everyone involved. A.C. Gaughen definitely impressed me you guys! None of the characters are perfect (including Robin) and nothing is as easy as it seems. The plot twists have plot twists and some of them are difficult to read – you’ll be wanting to cover your eyes before the story is done!
I seriously cannot recommend Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen enough. I will definitely be getting a copy to add to my shelves when it is released in February!
I reviewed this today as part of my End of the Year Week because it is my favorite of the 2012 releases I’ve read so far!