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.
Author: A.C. Gaughen
Publication date: February 4, 2012
As you may have noticed from the post title, this is not a review. That’s because I’m only 17% into Scarlet and I’ve been reading for a week. I don’t want to say I’m going to DNF it, because I do want to read this book. But it’s not looking good either. It’s slowing me down and keeping me from reading other books, and that’s not a good thing.
Since it’s time for this month’s My TBR List reviews, I felt like I should post something, so this not-a-review was born.
- Robin Hood! I love the Robin Hood legend!
- I like the idea of a strong female heroine. As much as I love Marian, generally the lone female character in Robin Hood stories, she’s more of a side character. The focus is on Robin and when Marian’s present, it often involves her relationship with him more than Marian kicking ass.
- It’s slow. SO SLOW. Is this story going anywhere? Anywhere at all? Will anything interesting ever happen?
- Scarlet is unaware of the existence of the word “was.”
It were too hot and stank of beer and men, and I smiled. It were rough, but none here would turn me out for being a thief and a liar. I slipped past the door and moved quiet past Tuck, the innkeep, and went into the barroom. It were heaving with bodies, laughs, and mugs slinging ’bout.
Please stop. No one else in the book, at least up to 17%, talks like that. Just Scarlet, the narrator.
- I think I’m too married to the traditional Robin Hood/Marian pairing to accept Robin Hood/Scarlet.
Although I need to move on to another book as my main read, I’m going to keep reading this one as a secondary. If I make it through, I’ll probably do two reviews for My TBR List next month (or whenever I finish). Maybe it will get better, but looking at the lists above, I’m thinking I like the idea of this book more than the actual book. It’s just not living up to its potential so far.