Scarlet (Scarlet, #1) by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)

The people of Nottinghamshire know Will Scarlet as Robin Hood’s shadow, a slip of a boy who throws daggers with deadly accuracy and an accomplished thief with an unerring eye for treasure. A select few know that Will is actually Scarlet, a young woman “recruited” by Robin two years earlier as he wandered the alleys of London. But no one knows who the real Scarlet is, what she was doing in London, and how she got that scar on her cheek. That...

Details Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)

TitleScarlet (Scarlet, #1)
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherBloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
GenreYoung Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Retellings

Reviews Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
    This is an alternate retelling of Robin Hood, where Will Scarlet is a hemorrhoidal pain in the ass who talks like a Monty Python and the Holy Grail cast reject that gets involved in a horrifyingly painful love triangle WITH ROBIN HOOD AND LITTLE JOHN.There are two facts about Will Scarlet that you should know before starting this book.1. Will Scarlet is actually a "she," a girl disguised as a boy2. The "Scarlet" in her name refers to the fact tha...
  • Claire
    I don't know about anyone else but when I think of Robin Hood I think of this:Wait, I'm the only one who pictured him like that? Huh. Blame my childhood.Anyway, when I first started reading this book I admittedly imagined Robin Hood as being pretty hot. Like a total fox. (GET IT?!) Granted, the Robin Hood in this story was not the main character. Rather, the main character was a young woman who everyone knew as Scarlet. Her identity is mysterious...
  • Sana
    3.75I literally have no idea about the whole Robin Hood tale, but this was pretty fucking awesome. Also, im too lazy to write a proper review so here's a quick list as to why you should read it:-the beginning, which was about 70ish pages for me, was incredibly boring to the point where i was willing to watch paint dry,-BUT-it fricken gets so much better.-we have a badass female who takes no shit from anyone-she's a thief who steals food and money...
  • Soumi
    Scarlet is wrenching and moving story of love and friendship, bravery and loyalty, a retelling of the legend of Robin Hood, only the voice of narration was Scarlet. Yes Will Scarlet, the most skilled knife- handling young fellow of Robin, in the traditional tales, famous for his hot temper. But he’s not actually what we think he is. He’s no lad; he’s a lass; a girl hiding her true identity in men’s cloth.Being a part of the merry men, Sca...
  • Ferdy
    1.5 starsA retelling of Robin Hood where Will Scarlet, a member of Robin's band is a actually girl in disguise.-The storyline didn't really entertain me, it was boring and the real action only really kicked in towards the end.-The narrative was strange, it was part present tense and part past tense, I couldn't get my head around it.-The British-isms and British slang didn't read right AT ALL, it felt forced and it made me cringe at how hard it tr...
  • Duckie
    This is the first time I've read a version of the Robin Hood story where I wanted the sheriff to win. Flimsy characters, clunky writing and gaping plot holes mangle what otherwise might have been a decent YA novel.The narrative is in Scarlet's voice but it's pretty hard to tell what that is, exactly. It's vaguely British and vaguely working-class but is rooted in neither Yorkshire nor London, where she claims to be from at different points in the...
  • Jillian -always aspiring-
    (Actual Rating: 3.5 stars)"We do what we do because there's something we can do about it. Things like 'how long' and 'what if' aren't part of that. It's about the hope, not the horror."Scarlet, 2012 debut novel from A.C. Gaughen, takes the legends and characters associated with Robin Hood and spins them all into an engrossing story focusing on a secretive thief who's much more than meets the eye. The people of Nottinghamshire know the thief as W...
  • Kimberly Sabatini
    OMG!!!! I loved this book. I'm going to start this review by announcing something that I NEVER expected to say (John--if you're reading this you should close your eyes and skip ahead) ROBIN HOOD IS MY NEW BOYFRIEND!!!! There, it's out in the open. Phew--I feel better now. I know that once you read this--you're going to want him too--but just remember I said it first and this post is time-stamped. But don't worry, you don't have to be turned away ...
  • Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
    *Re-read for tomoorrrroowwwww!!* His hands came on either side of my face, holding me up to him. Waves were crashing in his eyes, sure and strong and sweeping. "You are my whole heart, Scarlet. And this is breaking it." I don't know. I don't know how I came across this or why it spoke to me...but it did. Even today I am still giddy and weightless when I think about this book. How amazing is it when you find something that, while it seems intrigui...
  • Samantha
    I had hopes that this would redeem itself and then it just...didn’t.
  • Sophie
    I simply adore these books! I've read them twice now, and can;t help but picking them up from time to time to re-read my favourite sections.Scarlet follows the story of Will Scarlet, one of the heroes of the Robin Hood legend, but who is actually a girl in disguise. She has joined Robin's band of Merry Men, but is keeping her true identity a secret. Once the Sheriff invites the infamous Guy of Gisbourne to Nottingham to rid the county of Robin on...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    ▧ Take a badass female lead who knows how to throw a knife and whose snarky inner comments made me laugh - but who blushes way too much for no reasons.► Give her a good shake : there's hope for her in the sequel, I hope, I know it. She only has to let go of her split personality and I'll truly appreciate her. Just sayin'.▧ Take a fantastic past earl who becomes the archetype of the broody but selfless hero - you know, Robin Hood, who made m...
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  • Angie
    I don't usually give star ratings for novels anymore, simply because I know how much soul goes into creating and publishing a book. But with SCARLET, I couldn't NOT give this debut 5 whopping stars. This is the BEST novel I've read in a very very long time. It had me completely sucked in from chapter one, and I didn't want it to end when the last page crept up. Scarlet is a fabulously complex girl. I loved her so much--strong and independent, wit...
  • Rachel E. Carter
    Loved. It's funny because I think I was more invested in the action than romance in this one, but there still isn't anything I would change. Reminded me of the way Moira Young writes, only a different setting. Will definitely be reading its sequel.
  • Regan
    4.5/5 I really enjoyed the character Scarlet. The story was very intriguing, and I am not going to lie I am a sucker for retellings (Robin Hood). It was a quick and easy read, with a strong kick ass female leading the show. Plus, Rob was not so bad either ;)
  • Sophia Sardothien
    This is my second time reading this, I have to say I love it more than the first time! This book got me tearing up so much
  • Susan
    I opened this book, and after reading the dialect, I thought, "Huh...I'm not sure I'll be able to read this..." Then, three pages later, I was so sucked into the story, I stopped noticing the dialect. All I saw was Scarlet's VOICE--and let me tell you, she has one. A powerful, compelling, stubborn-as-hell voice that fits every impulsive, disgruntled course of action she chooses.To be honest, impulsive MCs are pretty common ( own...::cough...
  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    Scarlet was an adventurous story that was filled to the brim with excitement and hardships at many turns.  I was a little nervous stepping into a book that contained characters that I hold near and dear to my heart, but I loved how Scarlet felt familiar yet was uniquely different at the same time!  While I did have some issues with a love triangle, I can't wait to see what happens with the rest of this trilogy.  Especially after that fabulous ...
  • Angie
    Okay. You are all familiar with my . . . what's the word . . . thing . . . for thieves. And Robin is perhaps the thief I've loved the longest. So it should come as no surprise when I say that I was filled with glee when I first heard about A. C. Gaughen's upcoming retelling--SCARLET. I liked the cover and, without running down too many spoilery details, I looked forward to the focus on Will Scarlet and the fact that it hailed from a debut author....
  • Diana Stormblessed
    I am a sucker for a good historical retelling, and a strong heroine to be honest, and this book had everything I was looking for.Scarlet is a member of Robin Hood's band of thieves. Few outside the group know that she's a girl, as she disguises herself as Will Scarlet. In the legends and movies of past Robin Hoods, Will was often considered Robin's best friend, and was always played by the cutest, dorkiest boys. In case you need a reminder:Robin ...
  • Trisha Wolfe
    Oh, this so my kind of story. A stubborn, brash, get-out-of-my-way-and-let-me-do-my-thing lead character, who is flawed realistically, yet fierce, brave and determined—Scarlet is a strong lead who had me rooting for her the whole time. The only girl among Robin Hood’s band of thieves, she hides away, playing the role of a young boy, while her past is steadily sneaking up on her in the form of a Thief Taker named Lord Gisbourne.Though she does...
  • Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
    *3.9/5 stars*Amazing read, I loved both Robin and Scarlet, but the one thing that bugged me a lot was the writing-style. RTC.******************************“So she killed herself,” John said.“So they say.”“That really doesn’t sound all that awful,” John muttered. “Not worth dying for.”“You know nothing of it, John. To be silenced when your wishes don’t matter, to be sold like property, and to a man like him?” I spat at his ...
  • Nonah
    I loved this book! I have always loved Robin hood even as a child and A.C. Gaugher is writing it so good, I love Robin, John and Much and Scarlet is an amazing badass girl ;) I know I have given many books lately 5 starts but I guess I have had an good book year ^^Re-read before Lady Thief, I just love this book and Robin Hood
  • Teryna90
    The first thing that came to mind as soon as I figured out this was about Robin Hood's band was the Robin Hood song that the italian cartoon singer Cristina D'avena sang, here's the link if you'd like to listen to it, it's really adorable: . I grew up with Robin Hood's cartoons and soon fell in love with all the movies and the stories... and when I found out that one of my fav author had actually wrotten ...
  • Fenia
    OMG FLAWLESS BOOK. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! ♥ Since childhood i always had an attachment with the story of Robin Hood. and it always felt close to home. And then i read this. and WOW. BRILLIANT TWIST. Scarlet is such an amazing character. so strong and badass. reading her thoughts made me feel badass. Rob..OH MY GOD. GIVE ME MY ROB!!! We should all get a Rob!!! JUST UGHHH I LOVE HIMMMM!!! :P *crazy eyes* . Much,he's an adorable little puppy and s...
  • Maria (highinthebooksky)
    aaaaaaaah where is the sequel ???? oh yeah on my e Reader! goodbye friends ! i have to continue! soooo freaking good I can't even! rob and scar just woow *_*
  • Ellis
    This review originally appeared on Finding Bliss in Books. Scarlet is one of those books that come with a lot of hype. It is also one of those books I was only mildly interested in. Whenever I saw someone gushing about it, I adopted an "eh, we'll see, maybe one day" attitude. That person? Don't listen to her. She is wrong. Luckily, Meg realised just how wrong the way I was living my life was and sent me a copy. I'm always in for a Red Riding Hood...
  • Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
    First let me just say that I am a huge fan of the Robin Hood Legend. As a kid I watched the Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman movie about 15 times more then most people would call healthy. So when I saw there was a book out that had a twist on the same old story – Will Scarlet is a girl in disguise!!! I was beyond excited.But then it turned out to be just so BAD!! Here’s why-Let me paint a picture of Scarlet for you - Imagine that chick from Crou...