Thursday, March 22, 2012

A twist on a classic legend, and a Scarlet giveaway

As part of the Kick-butt Character Blog Hop, I'm giving away a copy of the debut author new YA release, Scarlet, by A.C. Gaughen. Visit the blog hop links below for a selection of over a hundred other book giveaways with characters that will make you want to stand up and cheer.

I couldn't resist a YA version of the Robin Hood legend - with a very intriguing twist.

Robin Hood's gang is almost as famous as he is: Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet - well, in this case, Scarlet is a girl in disguise. And she is one tough knife-flinging, prison-breaking, don't-you-dare-send-a-guy to protect or rescue her girl.  And she really adds some interesting new tension between Robin and John Little. Makes you wonder where Maid Marian fits into this new take on the legend, doesn't it? Hah! I'm not telling.

What I love about this book:
You know how the Help, by Kathryn Stockett, is praised as being "pitch perfect" for its setting and time-period? Well, Scarlet's voice is "pitch-perfect" for medieval times (at least, it comes across that way). I was a little nervous at first with Scarlet's slang, but trust me, you're in the hands of a master with this book. I've read dozens of books with medieval settings, but Scarlet's perfect pitch has done the best job of pulling me into the time and setting.

How to Enter to win Scarlet:  become a follower of my blog and leave a comment with some way for me to reach you. Ends at midnight on March 28. One random winner will be picked from the comments.

Optional: what's your favorite legend? And what's your favorite twist on a legend? Oh, the possibilities! Take a look at this picture I found on Deviant Art - this twist on the Sleeping Beauty legend made my imagination go into overdrive... now I'm going to have come up with a story about a girl who wakes a sleeping prince with a kiss (after she's defeated the evil witch or queen in some clever way, of course).(Because being clever and loyal and helpful is just as kick-butt as throwing knives or martial art moves). 
Source: Sleeping Beauty by s-girl

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