Scarlet by A. C. Gaughen (review by Anushka D. ’15)

Scarlet (Scarlet #1)Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As a member of Robin Hood’s gang, “Will” Scarlet holds many secrets. For one, she’s really a girl. Even the members of the band do not know her painful past. When a ghost from her history closes in, Scarlet must make a difficult decision: her gang or her life. Scarlet has the potential to be an interesting read due to its creative take on the classic Robin Hood tale. While Scarlet is rude, foul-mouthed, and amazingly strong, she is also emotional and insecure about her past, a flawed personality that easily enthralls readers. However, the immature romance and unsatisfying ending detract from the book’s narration. Her potential lovers are irrational and demanding, and Scarlet is irritatingly indecisive about who she loves. In addition, the conclusion of the adventure novel is a mere whimper. All in all, the lack of a consistently gripping story makes Scarlet a drag. – Anushka D. ‘15

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