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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Black Heart by Holly Black

Black Heart (Curse Workers #3)
by Holly Black
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0346-8
Suggested Ages: 14+ (prudish parents - there is some naughty stuff)
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Description: Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love


The Good Stuff
  • Fabulous ending to the trilogy (at least I think its a trilogy) as it leaves things open if she wants to write more, but will satisfy you if she doesn't
  • Cassel is a very intriguing and likeable character and actually very life like
  • Fantastic secondary characters - though would have liked more of Cassel's grandfather and Sam
  • Very fast paced and plenty of twists and turns that keep you wondering who is conning who
  • Actually my favorite of the series
  • Wonderful humour and snappy dialogue
  • Black is a excellent storyteller who has created an unusual world with a bit of an X men vibe thrown in
  • Interesting observations on human nature, prejudice, forgiveness, nature of evil, right and wrong, etc
  • Male protagonist that is written by a women but not so over the top emo like most YA males,  -- really liked Cassel and would be proud to have him as a son.
  • sex is handled tastefully
  • One thing that really impressed me is that she has worked some character development into Cassel's family. In the first book they were pretty much a caricature - now they have been fleshed out and you can understand them a lot better
  • Can we please have a book about the grandpa -- I love him -- oooh how about a prequel
The Not So Good Stuff
  • the cover on my arc is blah -- hopefully the cover on the final product is nicer
  • A wee bit confusing at times as she jumps around a little 
Favorite Quotes/Passages

" Barron's a sociopath. They're very convincing. Especially if you're one of those girls who thinks she can fix a boy."

"Over the last few months I got every last thing I ever wanted - and then I threw it all away. Everything I thought I could never have was offered up on a silver platter- the girl, the power, a job at the right hand of, Zacharov, the most formidable man I know.  It wouldn't have been that hard to work for him. It probably would have been fun. And if I didn't care who I hurt, it would still be all mine."

 "That's family for you. Can't live with them; can't murder them. Unless Barron rats me out to Yulikova. Then I really might."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • If you haven't read the rest of the series I wouldn't recommend you read this without reading them 
  • Adults and YA will both enjoy (although most of the adults are douche bags)
4.25 Dewey's


I received from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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