Black Heart

Author: Holly Black
Pages: 296
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)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.

My Summary: Cassel's been trying to go good, but it seems as if the temptation of a life of crime is always going to be too much....

After signing an immunity deal with the Feds, Cassel finds himself in a difficult position: the Feds are trying to recruit him and save him from his going astray again.... but is he willing to give up everything he is to go straight - especially when it could mean being shunned by his family and Lila forever?

My Thoughts: I'm always incredibly sad to see the end of an awesome series like this one. Holly Black's Curseworkers series is one of those series that stands out in the YA genre, and the fact that it's over is more than a little upsetting... that being said, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way you could never be sure of the path Cassel was going to choose, as well as the suspense. The romance was done perfectly, and I really liked the little tidbits about how to pull off a successful con (not that I'm a con artist or anything...).

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this series to anyone who's looking for paranormal YA with an original story-line, as well as some romance and suspense. 

1 comment:

  1. I know it's sad, but I've been saving this. I was DYING to read it after finishing RED GLOVE, but when I got my copy in the mail after it came out, I decided to wait. I've been dying to read it, but I'm saving it.

    I'll probably give in soon and read it. I'm glad you love this series. =D It's great.

    Great review!


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