Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Scarlet Review

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.

At first I wasn't sure I would like this novel and I was right. I absolutely loved it! Most Robin Hood stories don't really focus on a woman as being a member of the band. Scarlet brings a fresh new perspective and imagination to the Robin Hood tale. Scarlet is a brave heroine who fights just as hard as the men if not harder in Robin Hood's band. I really love the mystery behind Scarlet's true origins and how they're revealed as the book goes on. There is also a really great twist to Scarlet's identity that I really liked and appreciated. There is a lot of action in this novel and a bit of a love triangle as well. All in all this makes for a great book to read. I definitely recommend this if you like adventure, Robin Hood, and a strong female heroine.


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