I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 19th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adaptations, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Historical, Love & Romance, Medieval, Young Adult
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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?
WHAT I LOVED…
The thing I loved so much about Lion Heart, is everything I love about the entire Scarlet series. It’s an exciting re-telling of the Robin Hood legend that immediately appealed to me, but what I really loved about this entire series is the true life historical facts and events that Gaughen wove into the story to make it an even more engaging and interesting. There was so much drama and political intrigue in Lion Heart and it was such a culmination of the first two books, that I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough to find out how everything wrapped up. For those of you who have read Scarlet and particularly Lady Thief, you know how much this series can rip out your heart and stomp on it. I don’t think I have ever felt so gutted after reading a book as when I finished Lady Thief, so I was pretty nervous going into Lion Heart. I am so happy to say that Lion Heart wrapped up the series so beautifully and was the perfect mix of action and swoon, and was exactly what I was hoping for to end this epic tale.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK…
I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t want the series to end, so in reality no ending would have ever felt like enough, but I was left feeling like I needed a little bit more at the end. Don’t get me wrong…the story line felt complete, I was happy with the way things were wrapped up, and the last few paragraphs were magical. I just wanted MORRREEEE! I keep thinking I wanted an epilogue just to get a little glimpse into the future, so maybe that would have satisfied my need for a more. Either that or I’m a greedy reader and need to chill out in a corner.
MY “BOOK FEELS” MOMENT…
This one is easy! Chapter 23….ohhhh Chapter 23 and all of your feels! There’s a scene that takes place under a large oak tree that is just so perfect in its simplicity and beauty. It is such a special scene that made my heart swell with so many feelings. Amidst so much pain and darkness, this moment between two characters is a culmination of so many things and left me feeling so satisfied. Gaughen has a talent for bringing moments to life on the page, and this chapter of the book is a shining example of that.
Lion Heart is an Epic culmination of Years of hard work, dedication and Passion from A.C. Gaughen, and a beautiful way to perfectly wrap up the Scarlet series.
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