ScarletUS.inddScarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Source: Library
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

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. – Goodreads


This book gave me all the feels. ALL of them. Scarlet is essentially the story of Will Scarlet, Robin Hood, John Little and March. These four steal from the rich and feed the poor so people don’t starve because of heavy taxation a la Robin Hood, which makes sense, because one of the characters is Robin Hood. That being said this is not the story of Robin Hood. This is the story of Will Scarlet, who is actually a girl, acting as a boy.

Important parts of the story! Scarlet is on the run from her past. The town sheriff has decided that Lord Gisbourne, a man from Scarlet’s past, has to find Robin Hood’s group of misfits.  When it seems all is in the clear, it’s not. A townie betrays the misfits and Gisbourne catches, and arrests, Robin, who of course was protecting Scarlet. Throughout the novel, Gaughen, weaves together a beautiful story that generally hurts your heart and when you think your heart can’t hurt anymore, it does because she sticks the knife in just a little harder and it continues to be beautiful.

I devoured this book. I haven’t devoured a book in quite sometime, but I could not stop reading this. And while it has action and adventure, there is a bit of a love story weaved in. Scarlet is very self-sufficient and doesn’t like to lean, or depend on anyone. Of course Rob gets through this hard shell of hers, but so does John, who is also in the group, which leads to much tension and awkwardness. What also adds to the madness (fine, beauty) of this novel is Scarlet’s backstory and how Gaughen, has clearly spent a lot of time weaving things into the story, that while they don’t make sense at the time, come to light and make everything hurt because you know what she is going to do, and oh, oh how you really wish she wouldn’t. (But she has to. And she does.)

The ending hurt this angst hater reviewer so much, that if I didn’t have the next book, The Lady Thief in my possession, I would have thought about crying.