Friday, 31 August 2012

First Page Friday #4

First Page Friday is a new weekly feature at Pen to Paper, where I will post the first page of a (probably) Young Adult book, that I am particularly excited about, or have already read and loved.
by A. C. Gaughen
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 304
Release date: 7th June 2012
Buy: Book Dep | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Waterstones
Find on Goodreads
Read my review

Goodreads synopsis:
Many readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance. 

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in.

It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

The First Page

My Thoughts...

Scarlet is, by far, one of my favourite books of 2012, so far - and it's certainly one of the most unique books I've ever read. You wouldn't expect it to be unique, as it's a kind of retelling, of the tale of Robin Hood, however the way it's written is unique. You can see this stylised written style, even from the first page.
As I said in my review, the characters are really well-written in the book, and they definitely feel real, but it is this written style, that really makes Scarlet's character come entirely to life, and puts her voice into the reader's head.
In a way, the style of the book also makes it feel more 'comfortable', and warm - if that makes sense to you. It just feels more cosy - like I can sink into it, and live it, with much more ease, than if it had been written in a 'standard' prose style.
So this first page definitely introduces the atmosphere of the book, and Scarlet's character really well, and it only gets better from here! I adored it (obviously), and you read more of what I had to say about the book as a whole, by reading my review.

Have you read Scarlet? What did you think of it? 
If you've not read it, does this first page make you want to add it to your TBR? (I hope so!!)
Let me know in the comments below :) 


Jessica S. said...

I actually just placed an order for this one! It was one of those that just bypassed my radar when it came out but popped up recently and intrigued me. So many people seemed to have loved it, and I like how you describe it as cozy. Oh! I can't wait until it comes. Thanks for sharing the teaser! :D

Jenn@OwlReadIt said...

I haven't read this, but I definitely want to now! It sounds really good and now I'm wanting It seems silly, but I love a book that snags me from the first page, so I'm loving this feature!

Aditi Gupta said...
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Pen to Paper said...

Aditi, please remove the post on your blog. The image I use in this post is copyrighted to me, as it is an original image for my blog, and you did not ask permission to use it, or my post format.
You are also breaching the publisher's copyright for using the first page without permission (I have permission from each publishing house for EVERY first page I post.

Kelly said...

I love this idea! I get little sample!!

Pen to Paper said...

I'm so glad that everyone is enjoying this feature so much! I am too, of the opinion, that the first page makes all the difference in a book!
Scarlet is a particularly good one, as well. I loved this book :)

Dani x

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