**spoiler alert** Seriously, you should not have even read up to this part. Unless you've already read the book, I'm warning you to stop right here. (v...more**spoiler alert** Seriously, you should not have even read up to this part. Unless you've already read the book, I'm warning you to stop right here. (view spoiler)[This character can fight, throw knives and save everyone's ass (usually before even giving the character's own hide any thoughts). This character is fearless, noble, and even the broody, bottle-up, mysterious and elusive type. And this character is smoldering good-looking - with eyes of moonstones - that definitely says enough about out-worldly gorgeousness, that no matter if this character was from nobility, or scouring the slums or being chased in the forest half-starved, this character can be recognized merely by the moonstones eyes. Wow! **Fawn**.
Sounds like the guy most teenage girls would fawn after, right? No, I'm not talking about Robin Hood, though he was portrayed as a real hot dude in the book. And you're wrong again, if you think that I'm fangirling about even John Little. Ok, now maybe (if you haven't finished the book yet) you might be brainstorming for another character of the Robin Hood legend who might be a worthy candidate who is the embodiment of such hotness? Friar Tuck...?
Three strikes and you're out. No, it's not even a him. It's none other than Scarlet, the female protagonist. Yep, a girl. And no, I'm am straight. I'm just so bloody awash with admiration for Scarlet and I hopelessly know that in a million years I'll never come within a bloody mile into comparing with Scar that I gave up being eaten up by jealously a long time ago, like, as in even before completing the first chapter?
Ah, the romance. Smooth, but not steamy. Just how I like a dose of l'amour prepared. It's like a futile, anguished, ominous sort of romance, as I swear readers will think nothing good would ever come of it. I mean, from the reviews and the blurb, you might think Scar would end up with Robin, right? In this story, it might be a good thing (or a bad thing) to know of the actual legend of Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest beforehand. Well, Robin's definitely going to end up with a English-rose, high born, noble lady Maid Marion, right? (By the way, I think Maid Marion is spelt just so, not MARIAN.) And then I read this (the story is narrated from Scar's perspective):
"...When Rob nabbed me in London, I wouldn’t tell him my name. So he called me Mr. Scarlet till he found out I were a girl. Then it were just Scarlet.” “It’s not your real name?” My eyes met his, fair serious, fair dark. I shook my head slow.
And then... a premonition... a glimmer of hope... I think the romance may not be doomed just yet, after all.
Furthermore, I love the girl. Scar. She's like an idol to me, a goddess to worship. Sigh... Yes, I am still straight. One tough kick-ass chick with no conceit and a shred of selfishness. And not in any way a Mary Sue. She's plagued with so many horrors and a terrible past that no one in their right mind would want to be her. OMG, did I just say that? Groan. Another reason why in a gazillion light years I'll never be as good as Scar. Sigh. And she hides a juicy secret. A little predictable for me, but then, I am always the type who thinks too much, but more often than not I tend to guess wrong. In Scarlet I actually guessed right. But still, the book is definitely a juicy, heart-breaking read. Conflicts everywhere. Every page is a climax. There's not even time to draw a breath. Each chapter grabs you by the collar and shakes and shakes and shakes... even till your dizzy and exhausted it still won't stop.
The only blemish I feel, is the grammar. The characters speak with the market-style, unbred and unrefined language. Although annoying, admittedly the author manages to make the setting of King Richard's ruling era come even more vividly to life. Still, the grammatical errors were slightly unnerving. But then, I still have to give it an overall 5 star rating; taking one star away from a total of supposedly a hundred stars doesn't make the overall number of stars Scarlet deserves to be less than five, right?
Hey, on second thought Robin and Scar should have kissed. At least once, given the heartfelt romance between them. Another star gone.
On, and by the way, about my inkling about Scar's and Robin's doomed romance - I was right. : ) (hide spoiler)]
I started Stealing Phoenix when I was, um, **blush, embarrassed** supposed to tend to other priorities which had deadlines. I just wanted to start on...moreI started Stealing Phoenix when I was, um, **blush, embarrassed** supposed to tend to other priorities which had deadlines. I just wanted to start on the first 20 pages, (yes, just a bit, I swear!) but ended up reading the entire book in one sitting till 2am, without doing any of my work. Yep, Stealing Phoenix is that good. Enough said.
Please please, Mdm Joss Stirling, release the 3rd book by this year? [image error](less)
A mundane plot, nothing outstanding. Add in mesmerizing details, vivid descriptions, lovable characters and eloquent language, and even a boring story...moreA mundane plot, nothing outstanding. Add in mesmerizing details, vivid descriptions, lovable characters and eloquent language, and even a boring storyline can spring to life. Ladies and gentlemen, I gladly present to you Where You Are and its winning formula.(less)
Amazing! What can I say? No words can describe the chill and the glorious satisfaction during and after reading the book. The world needs more books l...moreAmazing! What can I say? No words can describe the chill and the glorious satisfaction during and after reading the book. The world needs more books like this one instead of yet another wasted pile of senseless violence, lovemaking and bickering. Utterly brilliant and delightful. (less)