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Published February 14th 2012 by Walker Childrens
One of the best books I've read this year. I absolutely adore Scarlet, the MC. Her relationship with Robin's band, her toughness, her self-sacrifice; it all mixes for a kick-butt heroine.
The way the tale unfolds and how the author reveals parts of the characters' background really draws you in. With a retelling of a story that most everyone already knows from books/movies/tv series, it would be so easy to cookie-cutter the information and fall back on familiar story lines and it's not what you get with Scarlet. Your favorite characters appear but the new spin A.C. Gaughen has put on Robin Hood is nothing you've seen before.
Call me a sucker for fairy tales and legends and I won't deny it. I LOVE this new version of the Robin Hood tale. What surprised me about Scarlet was the vernacular and Scarlet's voice. The story is told from Scarlet's POV in a "street dialect" with improper grammar and I feel it gave even more charm to the tale.
If you're looking for lots of kissing, you won't find it in this book. However you WILL find romance a plenty, good guys, bad guys, brawls and fights just like any other Robin Hood story. It made me want to weep at times (which, if an author can make me feel that way, they've done an excellent job). I honestly did not put this down and read it in one sitting because I just had to know what happened next.
A.C. Gaughen is now on my "watch list" for authors I would read no matter the genre or topic. I am most definitely looking forward to reading more about Scarlet and her continued adventures.