Mon, October 14, 2013

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen Review

Scarlet book cover

Scarlet book cover

Scarlet
By A.C. Gaughen
Publication date: Feb. 14, 2012
Walker Childrens, 292 pages
Source:Library

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!

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  1. Morgan said:

    Absolutely LOVED Scarlet! The dialect threw me for a loop at first but once I got used to it, the story was amazing. Can’t wait for Lady Thief! The Lunar Chronicles is sooo good and I’ve only read one Gail Carson Levine book but it was my favorite as a kid: Ella Enchanted. You have to read it, it holds up really well 🙂 I also really liked Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley. Didn’t care for A Kiss in Time by Alex Finn as much. It was cute but a little too silly for me.

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  2. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    Oh, I love fairytale re-tellings! I’ve owned a Kindle edition of Scarlet ever since it was first released but have unfortunately yet to make the time to read it. After reading your review I’m definitely thinking of bumping it up my ‘to-be-read’ list, though! 🙂 In terms of re-tellings that I’ve enjoyed, I absolutely adored Cinder and am mad about Jackson Pearce’s retellings. I’m sorry to hear that you had a rather disappointing experience with Sisters Red as I loved both it and Sweetly!

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  3. Tirzah Price said:

    You should check out Elizabeth C. Bunce’s A Curse Dark as Gold. It’s a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, and it’s wonderful (as is her other fantasy). I love fairy tale retellings (and classic retellings in general), but when it comes to fairy tales, I prefer stories that build upon the original tale and don’t just try to cram as many fairy tale elements in as possible. However, if you like fairy tale mash-ups, try Alethea Kontis. Also, this is adult, but try Juliet Marillier’s Sevenwater series.

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  4. xtina@moydrookreads said:

    This sounds awesome – haven’t read it yet but I intend to. As for other fresh takes on classic stories/fairy tales, I would suggest The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X Stork, if you haven’t read that one yet. It is one of my favorite books of all time – it’s a modern retelling of Don Quixote (you don’t need to be too familiar with the original to appreciate it). Another one I loved is Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, a haunting retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. It is one of the most beautifully written, moving YA books I’ve ever read.

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  5. Petra said:

    I want to read Scarlet to, I’m happy you liked it. If you love fairy tails retellings I suggest you to try Beastly by Alex Flinn, Once upon a time (based od tv series) or Snow white sorrow by Cameron Jace (I didn’t read the last one, but I heard it’s good). And The princess bride by William Goldman, not so much of retelling but great love and action story. Also, Cinder is great, now I’m waiting Scarlot to arrive

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  6. Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook said:

    I NEED to read Scarlet. I love Robin Hood, and I picked up a copy of this one, but it’s just collecting dust on my shelf.

    I’m am a huge sucker for fairytale retellings, and I’ve read a lot. Definitely read Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. I liked Princess at the Midnight Ball by George, but I LOVED Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (A retelling of East of the Sun, West of the Moon).

    Oh, and try out Shannon Hale’s The Goose Girl and Book of a Thousand Days. AMAZING!

    You should totally read Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted. It is a bit mroe middle grade than teen, but it’s really amazing.

    Meg Cabot’s Avalon High is super fun, and I liked Alex Flinn’s Beastly, too.

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  7. Mel@thedailyprophecy said:

    I loved this book and it’s a shame that it’s not as popular as other retellings. I think it deserves more attention, especially since it’s going to be a series 😀

    Another fresh take, let me think.. I’m a huge fairy tale lover and I read them all the time, so perhaps Juliet Marillier’s work? Wildwood dancing, Heart’s blood, Daughter of the forest 🙂

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  8. Laura @ the Booksmartie said:

    Good to know you liked this one so much! I never really payed attention to it, so it makes me reeeeaaalyyyy happy to see such a good review! What I didn’t get was: have you read Cinder and Scarlet and those other books you mentioned already? Oh, and I’ve read Beastly and Cloaked by Alex Flinn. I really enjoyed Beastly, but I know many people thought it was too shallow. Cloaked was so-so for me. I wouldn’t nessecarily recommend it…

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  9. Nikki @ Foil the Plot said:

    OMG, I LOOOOOOVE Robin Hood and can really appreciate well-done twists on these kinds of classic stories. Scarlet is DEFINITELY getting added to my TBR pile, for sure!

    If you like fairytale retellings, I suggest Cinder by Marissa Meyer and The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddar. One of my favourites is A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz which covers a lot of Grimm’s classic fairytales.

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  10. April Books & Wine said:

    A few people have told me I would like Scarlet, methinks I need to check it out, especially after this positive review!

    Also.

    As for retellings, I really liked Flinn’s retelling of the Frog Prince, I think it was called Cloaked.

    I also enjoyed The Looking Glass Wars that Nikki mentions.

    Ohhhhh and The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale and Entwined by Heather Dixon and and and Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier.

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  11. Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads said:

    Y’know, I’ve seen a couple of people mention this book but I’ve never looked into it. I think it’s because it has the same name as Marissa Meyer’s book. But I loved that Scarlet so you’d think I’d want to know more about this one, wouldn’t you? Either way, I’m really glad I ran into your review because now I really want to read it! ^_^

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  12. Racquel said:

    I just finished Of Beast & Beauty by Stacey Jay and LOVED it.Awesome retelling.

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  13. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas said:

    I saw this in the library two days ago and now I’m kind of regretting leaving it there. This sounds like such a good book.

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  14. Claire said:

    Yayyayay! You’ve finally read it! 😀

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