Another ARC Giveaway

I wanted to give some of my readers the chance to win a couple of ARCs. The winner will choose two books from the below picture. US only and I’ll be checking for cheating on entries so play nice.

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Curious about some of these titles? I’ve reviewed some of them…

Review of Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

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By: A.C. Gaughen
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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?

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this series as a whole and felt that this last book was fulfilling to the fans yet stuck to the author’s vision. I was very pleased in how the story played out and felt that Lion Heart was a strong ending to an amazing series. I loved that it took the Robin Hood story I knew and flipped it on its head.

When starting this one it did take me about thirty pages to get immersed again in Scarlet’s voice and point of view. The author used ‘was’ and ‘were’ incorrectly for Scarlet’s speech and it really distracted me. I understood the reasoning behind the decision but it was still hard to read for me. It tended to pull  me out of the story for the first few chapters but after time it got easier.

I feared this ending would hurt my heart and was actually pretty scared to start it reading the book. I was (happily) surprised that it didn’t pain me as much to read as expected. All the characters were still true to themselves and I felt that Scarlet was as amazing as always. She has had such a rough story but I felt that Gaughen had her grow and become such an impressive character.

The relationship between Rob and Scar was beautifully developed and though I loved their scenes together I was never as into the two of them as most fans which saddens me. I’m not sure where they fell short but they aren’t the driving force for me with these books. I love the world and twist on Robin Hood as well as the strong historical feel and setting. I adored this element (besides the improper grammar!)

Final Thoughts:
Anyone that is a fan of retellings, historical fiction, kick-ass heroines and just all around epicness should check out the Scarlet series. Each book is equally strong and beautifully executed.

Stacking the Shelves

This week was  a big week in book mail. I’m going to be lazy and not do all the links (sorry not sorry). Hopefully you can read the title and author. If not let me know and I’ll provide it in the comments.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (solicited):

LionHeart MechanicaBlackout BecomingJinn Velvet VanishingGirls

For Review (unsolicited):

TheWinterWitch TheMidnightWitch RabbitBack

Won:

Silvern NOVLbox

I’ve been having some good luck with giveaways lately! I won Silvern from Christina Farley from her site (along with a pre-order) and the December NOVL Box curated by Holly Black.

Purchased:

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I purchased from Books of Wonder so I got a signed copy. I ordered this prior to knowing I would make it to the event so I have two signed copies…that means I’ll be doing a giveaway soon.

Posts from Last Week:

  • Giveaway for my ARC of The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Review of Unmade (Entangled #2) by Amy Rose Capetta  star
  • Blog Tour for The Mime Order– Review + Giveaway   star
  • Review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard  star
  • Blog Tour for Tuck Everlasting– Discussion

Upcoming Posts:

  • Lego Cover Art- I’m creating my first cover by myself (cough-ACOTAR-cough). I’m almost finished so it should publish on Sunday. The Lego Cover for Ensnared is still in the works and should be finished soon. Hopefully this month.
  • I’ll be participating in Valentine Blog Hop next month
  • Interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter in early February
  • Blog Tour for Dove Arising by Karen Bao in late February

I’ve got three other interviews in the works so look forward to those as well.

Giveaways:

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How was your week?