By A.C. Gaughen
Publication date: Feb. 14, 2012
Walker Childrens, 292 pages
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.com description
I liked A.C. Gaughen’s Scarlet so much, I didn’t want it to end.
A little romance. A lot of adventure. Girls disguised as boys. People fighting for the underdogs. A fresh take on a classic story (Robin Hood!). OMG I can’t even. I love it all.
If you like any of the above, read this book. My only solace is that there’s a sequel out in February, Lady Thief.
Now, can anyone suggest other fresh takes on fairytales/classic stories? Off the top of my head there’s Marissa Meyer’s Cinder series, Meg Cabot’s Avalon High and Jessica Day-George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball series. I’ve never read the Alex Flinn books or Gail Carson Levine’s books. Should I? I tried to read Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce once, but didn’t care for it. Suggestions welcome!
For now, if you’ve already read this one, check out the sneak peek of the first few pages of the sequel!