Friday, February 1, 2013

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Publisher:  Walker Childrens
Publish Date:  February 14, 2012
Pages:  292
ISBN# 978-0802723468

Many stories about Robin Hood are Robin and the Merry Men as full-grown adults.  This one is set shortly after Robin has returned from the Crusades.  He's still a young man, as are his band of thieves...well, there is Will Scarlet...she's definitely NOT a young man.

The Characters:

Will Scarlet - no one but Robin and the Merry Men know Scarlet is a woman.  She's sometimes rude and mean, then loving, sweet, tough, and surprisingly girly.  The thing that really stuck out for me is how she always said she hates being a girl.  I totally understand it though, in her situation, being female was a bummer.

Robin Hood - still learning how to successfully take from the rich and give to the poor without anyone getting hurt.  He's brash and not very forthcoming, but he's learning.  A little broody and jealous.

John - a sweet big lug, but quite a womanizer.

Guy of Gisbourne - hired by the Sheriff to ferret out Robin and the Merry Men.  He'll stop at nothing, even killing villagers.  He has a past with Scarlet, but she's not telling.

The story is good, I liked finding out slowly what happened to Scarlet's sister and how Guy of Gisbourne was involved.  But I did get bored with how many times Scarlet referenced her sister and what happened to her, at least in her thoughts.

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