Book Review: Black Heart by Holly Black

Published April 26, 2012 by LS Murphy

Synopsis: 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 Cover: Meh. I almost missed this on the shelves since they changed to cover design.

The First Line: “My brother Barron sits next to me, sucking the last dregs of milk tea slush noisily through a wide yellow straw.” I love Cassel’s voice. You get an immediate picture of a brother annoyed by his sibling. Since this is the third book in the series, readers will already have a good idea of their relationship. This sentence just punctuates it more.

The Good: Cassel Sharpe is a quick witted young man with a razor tongue and more skills than he has sense. I adore him. There are no easy choices for Cassel and he struggles with being good against being a curse worker. His internal struggles are well written and anyone can relate to his self-doubt.

The Bad: That the series is over. Seriously, Holly Black is brilliant.

Recommendation: Read them all.

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