Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

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!

Check out Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen on Goodreads / Amazon

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!

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  • Chachic December 29, 2011, 12:55 am

    I really want to read this book! I think I first heard about it when Angie reviewed it? It sounds like something that I’d really enjoy since I like thieves and scoundrels in fiction. Also, the cover is lovely.
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  • Daisy December 29, 2011, 4:08 am

    YAY! I am dying to read this book, cause I love anything Robin Hood, and I’m really glad to hear you liked it so much!! 😀 I am so pre-ordering this one! 🙂 Thanks for the review!
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  • Toni December 29, 2011, 4:16 am

    I’m so excited to read this one! I’m leaving it for next year though… which is thankfully just a few days away! It’s already shortlisted on my debut authors reading challenge! 🙂
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  • AC Gaughen December 30, 2011, 3:34 am

    Wow, Alison, thank you so much! I feel so honored that you enjoyed SCARLET so much!!

    Have a Happy New Year!!


  • Sarah (The Brazen Bookworm) December 31, 2011, 11:02 am

    Ooh – this looks really good. I totally had a crush on Christian Slater’s Will Scarlet in the Robin Hood movie, and I love the idea of a girl being one of RH’s gang. I’ll have to see if I can handle all the plot twists, though…I tend to get super nervous.
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  • Scarlett January 5, 2012, 1:05 am

    I’m so glad you liked this one. I’ve been looking forward to it for ages! but alas was not approved for an arc by net galley. *sigh* It’s a must read for me, not only because of the story….but the title as well!
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  • Scarlett January 5, 2012, 1:33 am

    I wrote too soon! I just got approved! Shweet!
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  • April January 5, 2012, 11:04 pm

    One of the things that interest me in reading a novel is on how fascinating the personality of every character is. Scarlet sounds like an interesting character and I am excited to finally get to know her. I hope you can visit me at derivative as well.

  • Ashley B January 6, 2012, 2:58 am

    Ahh! This book looks SO awesome! I’m totally excited to read this! It looks hardcore! 🙂 So glad to hear that you loved it! I love me some Robin Hood!!
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