Scarlet (Scarlet #1)



Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets - skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood's band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet's biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know...that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.

The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in a put innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more - making this a fight worth dying for.  (Summary and cover courtesy of


I was really excited for this book and I have to admit there were somethings that I struggled a bit to get over.  I felt like the grammar was inconsistent and I was confused that it seemed the others in the ragtag bunch spoke “normally”.  I loved how Scarlet is a kickass thief who wants to hold her own, but all the blushing made me wonder how she didn’t get caught for being a girl immediately.  She also was painfully indecisive with the guys, which I found frustrating.

Despite all that, “Scarlet” is a book that sucked me in and I think I read it in one night.  I know I stayed up late multiple times (and took some extra-long lunches) to finish the series as fast as possible.  It just seems like the books could have been EVEN BETTER had the inconsistencies above been resolved.  She does grow up throughout the book so if you can make do for just a little while, you’ll quickly fall in love with the series.

Warning: Contains violence

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Robin Hood and kickass heroine fans.

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