Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen - Ashley's Pre-Reading

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Title: Scarlet
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Year Published: 2013

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.

Why?: I love when classic stories get a fun, new twist, and this book seems like exactly that! A girl in Robin Hood's merry band of thieves? I can't wait to find out why Scarlet is there, how she became a thief, and what her secret past is. Plus, action, secrets, and romance! This sounds like exactly the kind of book I would love.

Expectations: I've heard so many good things about this book that I kind of expect quite a bit from it. While I expect there to be elements of the Robin Hood story we all know and love, I'm also hoping for some new perspectives and fun, new characters. And lots of mysteries as to why there's a girl among the boys and why she's so loyal to Robin.

Judging a book by its cover: I really love this cover. It looks like it features a female Robin Hood, so I would probably pick this up off a bookshelf somewhere. Because who doesn't love a good Robin Hood cover?


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