Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

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Review: Lion Heart by A.C. GaughenLion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #3
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pub Date: May 19th 2015
Pages: 348
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Historical, Young Adult
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5 Stars

The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.

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.

Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

First off, this is such a hard review to write without spoilers because I want to talk about EVERYTHING!!! *Ahem*

Lion Heart was everything the last book in a trilogy should be. It was epic in scope and emotion, it was fast paced but let you savor the special moments, and it brought a sense of closure. I love these characters fiercely and they go through hell AND high water to get to where they are but it makes their journey that much more amazing to read. Plus I loved the addition of new secondary characters, especially the banter between Allan and David.

I really love that this trilogy is a historical fiction retelling of a very popular legend. I love English history and Robin Hood is always fascinating. I love how AC Gaughen twisted it to make Scarlet such a powerful, important female figure in the myth. I’ll admit to have trouble not picturing Prince John as a lion though. Too many viewings of the Disney movie I guess!

I don’t want to spoil anything but if you haven’t read this series, you need to. The language takes some getting used to but it adds such an authentic flavor to the story. And the characters are simply amazing. Scarlet is one of a kind.

There is a lot of heartbreak but there’s also healing, hope, strength, dresses with space for hidden knives, and KISSING. Lots of kissing!

I do wish that there was one more chapter or epilogue to tie up a few threads but I was satisfied for the most part with where Scarlet’s story is left. If you enjoy lots of deep emotion and shippy goodness, vile antagonists, and historical fiction, you must read the Scarlet trilogy. Lion Heart might be my favorite of them all.

 

Morgan @ Gone with the Words

6 Responses to “Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen”

  1. Sophie

    Great review, Morgan! I seriously can’t wait to read this boo, though I’ll be gutter the leave Scarlet once it’s finished.
    I definitely agree that it takes some getting used to to not compare the characters to the Disney or other movies :)

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you!! I hope you love it as much as I did. I know what you mean, but I’m hoping to reread them sometime! It’d be fun to read them all back to back. Oh man, I really couldn’t get Prince John the Lion out of my head haha!

  2. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales

    I read Scarlet a couple of days ago,and loved it!I can’t wait to read the sequels.Especially when I heard that there’s more romance in them-because Rob and Scarlet are just so adorable together!
    Lovely review Morgan,and love the gifs!I have a huge soft spot for that movie and foxy Robin Hood:)

    • Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      I’m so glad!! The language took some getting used to for me but once I did I flew through the story. The sequels are really good- very intense and oh yes, lots of romance :D I love Rob and Scarlet!! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment :) Foxy Robin Hood is the best!!!

  3. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Morgan, I’ll be starting this series soon (need to binge it this month!) and I’m so excited, but nervous because there’s a ton of hype (and that pesky triangle in the beginning…) But I hope I love it (and the ship!) as much as everyone else has.
    And you say lots of kissing? *fist pump*

  4. Wendy @ Book Scents

    I should be reading this later this week I think! I’m just NERVOUS. Series enders always make me nervous, haha. I really liked scarlet and lady thief and just hope lion heart won’t disappoint. I’m so glad that you loved it though!! And haha, yes, I tend to think of prince John in a lion-ish way too! :)

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