Mini Reviews: Shine & Scarlet

Shine (Shade #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 1st, 2012 by Simon Pulse
Source: Library

This is the third book in the Shade trilogy and this should be a pretty spoiler free review for the whole series.

I really like that creative world that has been created here.  The whole idea of ghosts being something that kids of a certain age and younger can see is pretty awesome.  And how it affects people really feels real.  I also enjoy the characters a lot.  I think they had to grow on me but by this book I was for sure loving them!

This was the final book and so I was hoping everything would play out good.  And it did.  I was worried that there wouldn’t be enough of a conclusion, but there was and I was happy with it.  I almost wish series was going on for a bit longer.  Maybe a companion novel?

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published February 14th, 2012 by Walker Childrens
Source: Gift

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.

I have wanted to read this book for so long!  I have some fascination with Robin Hood and I recently started watching the BBC show of it and love it!  Since I had that show in my head I was picturing things like in the show.  The story isn’t the same as this is Scarlet’s story and there isn’t a Scarlet in the show (well, there kind of is, but I don’t want to spoil anything).  And this was definitely it’s own story.  But the villages and the woods, it was all there in my head.  And I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.

I really found myself fascinated with the story.  The author tries to write in dialect a bit, like Scarlet doesn’t say ‘was’, everything is ‘were’ and while I normally love things wrote in dialect, this was a bit hard for me to get use to.  But it didn’t ruin the story or anything.  And Scarlet as a character initially felt much younger to me.  More like 12 rather than 16.  But later on I realized she didn’t feel so young anymore, so I’m not sure what changed.  I also wasn’t in love with the romance.  There was a bit of a love triangle and I didn’t really ‘feel’ it, I guess.  But since the rest of the story was so great I was able to overlook that.

If you’re interested in Robin Hood stories I definitely recommend you give this one a try.  The story felt very true to Robin Hood, though he was a bit moodier in this (I wish maybe he’d been a bit more cheery like he usually tends to be), but he was still his honorable self.

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  1. Both books sound really good! I have Shine and am a huge fan of Jeri Smith Ready’s series! I haven’t had the time to dive into it yet :-( After your review though, I think I have to bump it up. Every time I read a review on a book I have it gets bumped up and then I am torn all over again bahaha

    Great reviews!

  2. I really liked both of these books too although Shine was not my favorite book of the trilogy.

    I also had some problems with the love triangle in Scarlet-I just want Robin and Scarlet to be together with out that other guy.

  3. I want to read Scarlet so bad! I’m trying to keep myself under control and not go out and snatch it up, but it’s a losing battle. Big time.

  4. Oooo two great books Candace! So glad you loved how Shine concluded the series, I thought it was fantastic. With Scarlet, it definitely took me a while to get used to her dialect as well, but once I did I didn’t even notice it. Sorry you weren’t feeling the romance as much, but I’m glad you liked it overall!

  5. I loove Robin Hood!!!! I think I watch all the movies out there :-) Which is why it’s actually funny I still haven’t read it . Especially now that I see how much you enjoyed it! Need.Soon!

    I still haven’t started the Shade series… Guess this is another series on my wish list! :)

  6. Yay! I really liked Scarlet as well! :) Also, I LOVED the first two seasons of BBC’s Robin Hood. I have to admit, the third wasn’t nearly as good. I haven’t been able to finish it yet, though I’m only like four episodes from the end. I’m hoping to eventually though. :)

  7. I haven’t heard too much about Shine, but it looks like you recommend it so I’ll check it out some more! 😉 Scarlet, on the other hand, I’ve heard TONS about and can’t wait to get my hands on!

    Great reviews, Candace! 😀

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

  8. Ugh… I forgot all about Scarlet! I think that’s the downside of ebooks, if I don’t see them, then I forget abut them. lol I’ve wanted to read this for awhile.

  9. I really want to read Scarlet. It’s been lurking on my TBR list since late last year, but for some reason I never commit to the purchase. I’m not a big fan of Robin Hood tales, it’s kinda a “meh” subject to me, but I think the twist in this one is pretty cool.

    And I have issues with dialect sometimes too. Sometimes it clears up on it’s own, like Blood Red Road. Hated it in the beginning but then I sort of got used to it, resigned myself to the fact that everyone was going to sound like The Beverly Hillbillies, and moved on:)

  10. I’m so glad you loved Shine. I thought it was a great conclusion as well. I didn’t even realize that Scarlet was a Robin Hood retelling. I LOVE Robin Hood.

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