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Review: Scarlet (an Epic Rec!)

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Since this feature is part of Epic Recs hosted by Judith and Amber, I'm going to format it a little differently. I know you won't mind.

Oh, and if you need a refresher on what exactly Epic Recs is, check it here.

Scarlet is in a band of thieves who steals from the rich and gives to the poor (sound familiar?) She pretends to be a boy, but when her feelings for the band leader Rob start to deepen, pretending she isn't a girl isn't so easy anymore. Oh and also the government is totally corrupt and she has a dark secret from her past to add to the dramarama. Basically she is a kick ass lady doing kick ass things while figuring out life.

Oh you guys. YOU GUYS. My heart was all over the place with SCARLET. I mean, I adore Rob as we are supposed to adore him. He's protecting his people! He's charming! He's smart! He's handsome! How can we NOT swoon for that? But then there's John Little who is also handsome and funny and boisterous and delightful and has a little thing for our leading lady. I texted Gaby more than once with screencaps of my kindle to be like MY FEELS and she was all I KNOW and it was the tops.

This is a historical fiction set in the 13th century. However, what you'll mostly care about for the setting is that our little band of thieves lives in the woods and frequents the little town and tavern. It's so quaint! Oh and then there's the big castle with the dungeons and torture chambers and what not. Not so quaint. But castles! Ladies! Theives! YES.

OH BELIEVE YOU ME. SCARLET had plenty of twists and turns and sneakiness abounding! Like what is Scarlet's dark secret? Why she be so standoffish sometimes? And will she or won't she with John Little? And/or Rob? How can Rob possibly help his people when the Sheriff is SO AWFUL all the time?
And in general this book is sneaky because THEY ARE THIEVES.

At the heart of this book, there is some serious corruption and oppression and down right horrible things happening to the people of Nottinghamshire. The government has gone all corrupt and our heroes are trying to do what they can to help people literally survive from day to day.
I also love how the book took a realistic view on women of that time period and made a non-preachy social statement about how much it sucked to be property. We are people, you know!

Gaby asked me three questions specific to my SCARLET experience! Here they be.

In three words, Scarlet is: Thrilling, Fist-Pump-Worthy, and Empowering.
Out of everyone in Rob's group, who would you most want by your side going into battle against the Sheriff and Gisbourne? Honestly, I'd take Scarlet. That girl is fierce and would absolutely never leave me behind! 
Not for Scarlet but for YOU: John or Robin? Why? You guys. When Gaby asked me this I was like NOOOOOOO because it's SO HARD. Do you know how rare it is that I can't pick a main squeeze from a book? Like super rare. Still cold in the middle rare. Seriously rare. Anyway, after much debate and hand-wringing and angsting, I choose John! Because he made me laugh, he treats girls like girls (which Scarlet hated, but I'm down with) and because he is absolutely and totally a charmer who wears his heart on his sleeve. ILU JOHN LITTLE. 

So overall, we can say that Gaby's Epic Rec of SCARLET to me was an absolute win! I can't WAIT to see what she's got for me in February! 

Be sure to head on over to Gaby's review of GRAVE MERCY to see what she thought of my Epic Rec! 

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.



  2. I so need to re-read this one day. I really enjoyed it the first time (yes to the setting and the swoons!), but I want to refresh my memory before I get stuck into Lady Thief. I'm glad to see you loved it! :)

  3. Oh you've got me really excited for this one! I bought back when it was on sale in December (perfect timing since it showed up as Gaby's Epic Rec pick for you not long after) and will hopefully be reading it soon!

  4. HOORAY! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this one, as I did too! It's such a fun twist on the classic Robin Hood tale, and I totally loved Scarlet (and Rob, who am I kidding? No denial here). I'm super excited to dive into Lady Thief very, very soon, since I've heard it's EVEN BETTER.

  5. Hahaha, this is so great! I have this on ye old Kindle, but it is dusty as I haven't even opened it up yet. FOR SHAME. You really make it sound like the next best thing.

  6. Lisa, thanks for recommending this one to Michelle and I. This was definitely a good choice to break up our recent binge with dystopian fiction. The pacing were good, as was Scarlet's banter with her bandmates. I enjoy Robin Hood stories (Ivanhoe is one of my favorite books) and liked this take on the story. Lady Thief will be on my TBR list.


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