Review – Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars

-Book Description: 4

-Cover: 2.75

-Plot: 4

-Creativity: 4

-Grammar: 3

-Simile Use: 4 (minimal usage)

-Description: 3 (burdensome)

-Show And Tell Balance: 3

I was recommended this book by another author, and I have to say, this cover wouldn’t have usually pulled me in. The cover just isn’t very beautiful or creative, it honestly feels like something someone with a very minimal design budget and experience would have made by themselves. I was genuinely surprised when I found out it was a book represented by a major publishing house. That being said, the description and the recommendation made up for the issues with the cover, and I picked it up. I’m glad I did. The plot is a refreshing perspective on the Robin Hood tale, painting him in an interesting light and bringing Marian into the story in such an interesting way. I did have a few issues with the way it was written, first of all, it is my opinion that to balance show and tell, you shouldn’t be telling us the way a person speaks but showing us. This is huge for me. I cannot stand funky written out dialect, which is what we received from the main character, not only in her dialogue but also in her manner of thinking. I would much rather of had the first time she spoke have it described and then perhaps have it described as a thickening accent when she was upset or something, well, anything other than the jolting writing of her poor English. This one factor alone pulled one star away from the story. Lastly, the level of description was just a bit obtuse for my taste. In the bits where there was action, I found I had to skim to find the action instead of the inaction. This docked another half star rating for me. Overall, this was an intriguing action-love story that I can’t wait to continue reading and could have been better if the dialect was shown and not told.

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