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:

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.


  1. says

    The improper grammar was actually one of my favorite parts of this series, personally, but I can see why it would distract you from the story. I’m not a *huge* loved of Scar/Rob either at first, but I really loved their dynamics in this book. Fantastic review, Kristen!

  2. says

    This is a series that I feel like I need to read now that the final book is coming out and I won’t have to deal with massive and cruel cliffhangers! And thank you for the warning about the grammar, I’ll keep that in mind!
    Great review Kristen!

  3. says

    The last book was utterly brutal! But I can’t wait to read this one, even if I am a tad worried about the ending. It’s such a wonderful historical series.

  4. says

    I’m binging this series this month and I’m hoping to love it as much as everyone else seems to. I have high expectations for the ship, so I’m sad you weren’t into it as much, but at least the other aspects kept you hooked. 🙂
    Lovely review!

  5. says

    Awesome review Kristen 😀 I’m so glad you mostly liked this book a whole lot. <3 I liked book one, but not reading book two until I have this one 🙂 Though I'm not sure when I shall read all three.. sometime. Hopefully 🙂 But aw, you didn't love the romance all that much? How depressing 🙁 but glad you still liked it a little 🙂 I only want this book for the romance, lol, so hoping it takes a big part 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this book sweetie. <3

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