Magan: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

book cover for Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen, robin hood retelling

Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen (website | twitter)
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Pages: 292
Target Audience: Young Adult
Keywords: Robin Hood retelling, female thief
Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle.

Summary: Scarlet, a female thief on Robin Hood’s team, is on the run from her past. Letting few people in, she’d rather hide than have to face the memories that haunt her…that is, until one of them suddenly appears in Nottinghamshire.


Robin Hood isn’t a character I’ve read much about in my YA adventures. When Katie over at Mundie Moms suggested I read Scarlet, I added it to my to-read list on Goodreads. One day I was browsing through that long, long list and realized I just HAD to have something different…which led me to immediately purchase Scarlet for my kindle. (Sidenote: thank goodness for technology and instant gratification, right?)

Scarlet is the story of a young female thief on Robin Hood’s team; she’s quite the mystery as no one really knows her story. Where did she come from? Why? What’s she hiding? A scar on her face indicates something in her past went brutally wrong, but she’s not about to share those details with just anyone. Oh, and did I mention that only the three men on Robin Hood’s team know that she’s a girl? Everyone else things she’s just a scrawny (albeit very talented) thief.

Robin Hood, or Rob as Scarlet likes to refer to him, is one of the kindest guys around. His heart is wrapped up in protecting the people of Nottinghamshire. They’re being taxed like crazy and barely making ends meet. Feeling like he can make a difference, Rob takes it upon himself to collect the money the people need. Only… a new Thief Taker comes to town, Lord Gisbourne. He’s on the hunt for Robin Hood and is determined to take down anyone who may know of his whereabouts.

This is where things get a bit juicy. Lord Gisbourne comes to town. Everyone’s lives are in even greater danger. Scarlet begins acting all jumpy and weird. Some feelings emerge (don’t even try to get me to admit who has feelings for who — I won’t do it!) and the intensity of the story escalates like no man’s business. Intriguing, yes?

Scarlet was such a nice change of pace and I’m so incredibly anxious for Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen, expected to be in local bookstores on February 11, 2014. The way things pretty much intensified beyond my wildest dreams at the end of Scarlet has me on pins and needles…

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6 thoughts on “Magan: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

  1. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook says:

    I’ve heard such great things about Scarlet, and I’ve always been a Robin Hood fan. But I’m been a bit nervous to read this one, even though I even own a copy. It might be because my expectations are kind of high. But seriously, I need to read it – especially now that I hear things escalate like crazy!

  2. Leah says:

    This seems like a book right up my alley and I’ve heard NOTHING but positive things! Looks like I’ll be adding another book to the To Read list. 😀 Thanks, M!

  3. Alexa S. says:

    I’m happy to hear that you loved Scarlet! I read it when it first came out, and really liked the twists that were put into place for this Robin Hood retelling. It’s unique, and also very entertaining! I’m certainly looking forward to Lady Thief, especially after hearing lots of great things about it.

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