Sep 1, 2012

September's Giveaway ~ Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

So, I put it up to a vote this month, the choices being books I've read, reviewed, and adored, and you picked....

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

It was a close call between Beautiful Disaster and Scarlet, but Scarlet won fair and square, and you can now win her wonderful story here :)

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.

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous story.. One of my favorite books of the year hands down.. I've included my review below, just in case you're still on the fence (hopefully I can convince you to need to read this).. Enter via Rafflecopter below.. Best of luck!!

::my review::

I was captivated by the cover of Scarlet when it was first released in February, but for some reason, I was kinda hesitant to read a story based on the legend of Robin Hood. I can't really pinpoint the reason why. Maybe I didn't want to ruin the original story I've always known, maybe I thought it would be a little hokey. Either way, I was completely and utterly wrong in my inklings, and for that, I sincerely apologize.

Scarlet is my new hero. She's kick-ass, courageous, smart, and doesn't take even an ounce of crap from anyone. Her voice is the most distinct, using a language that takes some getting used to, but makes her character and surrounds all the more realistic and believable. She's flawed though, as any great character should be, as her self-esteem seems to plummet into the abyss time and time again. She doesn't believe she deserves...well anything really except to keep doing what she's doing and atone for whatever horrible deed she believes she's committed.

There's a tiny little love triangle ~ c'mon, you know you love the drama ~ but we all know where her heart truly lies even if she doesn't. I think the triangle forms out of Scarlet needing to be loved as every human being does, but she doesn't think she deserves to have what she really desires. The romantic parts of the story play a big role in Scarlet resolving her issues, but they don't dominate ~ something I've always loved in a story.

A.C. Gaughen's writing style is quite simply stunning, commanding the reader's attention with every turn of the page. It's really something when you can imagine everything going on around the main character from the bustling crowds of the market to the silent darkness that envelops the very tops of the trees Scarlet likes to climb. Not only that, but I felt every emotion Scarlet was experiencing with such clarity, I found myself reading paragraphs over and over again just because I was astonished at how the feelings emanated from the page.

Such a clever take on the story of Robin Hood. From the point of view of Will Scarlet who is not really Will Scarlet? I don't know how I ever resisted before. It's definitely changed my view of the story, something I was initially afraid of, but I found that I'm more interested in the story than ever before. I see Robin and John Little in a different light, definitely more human than legend in my eyes now, flawed but heroic. And the troubles that the band goes through to make sure their people are safe and care for ~ sometimes the harshness of their work makes you wonder how they hold on to the heart to keep it up. It's intense, tough, emotional work.

This book is probably, without a doubt, my favorite so far this year. It just grabbed at me, took hold, and still hasn't let go. It's almost hard to put into words. You just have to read it.

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Happy Reading Everyone :)

~ Keely ~


  1. Thanks for having this Giveaway! I participated :)

  2. This book sounds awesome and it has a pretty cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I love your review of this book. Although I have to disagree on one teeny tiny thing. I really didn't love the drama. I can't take any more love triangles!!!! However, the point you make about it being part of Scarlet's need to be loved is 100% spot on. And for once it kinda makes sense in the context of the story/character. Still doesn't mean I liked it though!

  4. I LOVED Scarlet when I first read the book from the library. It would be lovely to own a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. I'm in! but just to make sure, is it open intl? :)


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