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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.


Scarlet - A.C. Gaughen -I’m not familiar with Robin Hood so I can’t comment on how this book stands up as a retelling of the story.-I hated the language. I never like when authors use bad grammar in books. I find it barely tolerable when authors use it just for dialogue for characters. I was not pleased that the grammar issues ran through the whole book. It felt incredibly forced and not natural for Scarlet (and as it turns out, it was).-I really didn’t like Scarlet. I hated that she was so self-sacrificing. I understand that she wanted to help the people but how does starving herself help them? She’s no good if she’s dead or incapacitated. I was really confused how she attained her ninja skills. I have no problem with girls being awesome fighters. I usually love it. Scarlet was a noble girl for most of her life and then for the past few years she’s lived on the streets as a thief. Where would she have learned to fight like that? The fighting wasn’t even realistic either.-Not a fan of the love triangle mainly because I didn’t like the boys. John was incredibly skeezy. I’m not sure how he’s supposed to be likable. Robin was pretty annoying. He got angry at Scarlet for John coming on to her? Huh? How does that makes sense? There was a lot more stuff but I can’t remember it all. (It’s a bit sad that I finished the book semi-recently and can’t remember specific details.)-The story has a decent amount of action but somehow it still felt a bit boring.-There were some interesting twists to the story though.The bottom line? It was enjoyable enough. I can see how others might really like it but I didn’t.