Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen: Review

Posted July 9, 2015 by Emily in book review, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen: ReviewLion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #3
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 19th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Adaptations, Historical, Medieval, Love & Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

I received this book for free from Bloomsbury Publishing USA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.
Only the greatest loves can survive great danger. . .
Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape, she learns that King Richard's life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine needs Scarlet's help to free him. For a lifelong thief, this newfound allegiance to the crown-her family-is a strange feeling.
Scarlet knows that helping Eleanor will put her and those she loves back in Prince John's sights. Desperate not to risk anyone's life but her own, Scarlet formulates a plan to help save the king on her own. But fate-and her heart-won't allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long. Even if Scarlet and Rob can together stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England, will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

Note: I also published a review for this title with The Deseret News

Review: I read Scarlet ages ago and loved it because I’m always intrigued by a Robin Hood retelling. I especially loved the twist of Will Scarlet as a woman. And, I’m sad to say that I never got around to reading the sequel. But, when I was approached to read Scarlet for review, I decided to go ahead and skip the second book (I know!) and dive into the final chapter. And honestly, even though I hadn’t read the first book in years and didn’t read the second, I still found this book to be utterly amazing. So, though I don’t recommend skipping books in series, this one totally worked.

The beginning was a tad slow to start, and I have to admit that the ending was rather abrupt. So, despite a little bit of uneven pacing, I read this book in a single evening. Where this novel really shines is in the characters. I went right back to loving Scarlet and Rob and everyone else. Gaughen pushed her characters to the limits, which is always a good thing for me, and the romance felt completely deserved. However, some readers (I don’t necessarily find myself included) may be disappointed that almost everyone gets a happy ending.

Some other bonus points in this book include court intrigue (I love a good political scandal), epic journeys, and escapes from prison. If you love Robin Hood books, this is a series you really should miss.

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