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Author: A.C. Gaughen

 

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Released: February 14th, 2012

Pages: 292

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

Source: Netgalley

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.

This is another first in categories for me. A Robin Hood tale with a feminine twist…literally! I love when the legends of the Hood include more than the normal pack of thieves: Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian, Prince John. Then of course, what does every novel need, a struggle of hearts!

I loved every character, especially Robin! When do you not fall for Robin Hood? I didn’t quite see the connection between her and John Little other than as an older brother. The fact that there was a competition at all was awkward to me. I think it was because in so many other versions, John is this big, side-kick who’s there during a fight or to help toss Robin over a wall. Out of all the men, I do wish Gaughen gave a little more depth to Much. I am hoping for a sequel that will give more explanation to his character and a backstory.

It was hard to put this book down! The entire story was fast-paced and filled with adventure at every page-turn (or kindle click). If you like tales from Sherwood Forest, pick this one up!