Monday, February 13, 2012

Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen

I'm so excited to share a new author with you today!  I received an E-Galley of Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review of the book.  Here's the Goodreads blurb:

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 debut is amazing.  I have to tell you.  I love historical works and this was a wonderful period tale.  The author keeps the feel and sound of the characters and their world authentic all the way to the end.  I loved that Scarlet tried to push the boundaries of what was allowed.  She didn't want to be sold off in some business venture to benefit her father.  She doesn't want Rob or the others to treat her differently because she's a girl.  She hides behind the cover of Will Scarlet but Rob and Much can see her for the hero that she truly is.  I loved every moment of this story.  It's accurate and realistic but still romantic.  It's even a generally clean read for those worried about content.  They do drink, of course, in keeping with the period.  There is also some talk about sex but nothing more than kissing is depicted.

You can find out more about A. C. Gaughen on her blog or you can follow her on Twitter.  You can also CLICK HERE to add Scarlet to your Goodreads.  You can continue to scroll down after the rating and find the amazing trailer for Scarlet!! Check it out.  Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen earns 5 Fairies for being a refreshingly new and different YA read.

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