Thursday, October 31, 2013

Black Heart by Holly Black

Black Heart
(Curse Workers, #3)
by Holly Black 
Released |April 3rd 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books|
Edition |Audio|
Source |Library|
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In a world where Magic is illegal.
Cassel Sharpe has the most deadly ability of all. With one touch, he can transform any object - including a person - into something else entirely. And that makes him a wanted man. The Feds are willing to forgive all his past crimes if he'll only leave his con artist family behind and go straight. But why does going straight feel so crooked?
For one thing, it means being on the opposite side of the law from Lila, the girl he loves. She's the daughter of a mob boss and getting ready to join the family business herself. Though Cassel is pretty sure she can never love him back, he can't stop obsessing over her. Which would be bad enough, even if her father wasn't keeping Cassel's mother prisoner in a posh apartment and threatening not to let her leave until she returns the priceless diamond she scammed off him years ago. Too bad she can't remember where she put it.
The Feds say they need Cassel to get rid of a powerful man who is spinning dangerously out of control. But if they want Cassel to use his unique talent to hurt people, what separates the good guys from the bad ones? Or is everyone just out to con him?
Time is running out, and all Cassel's magic and cleverness might not be enough to save him. With no easy answers and no one he can trust, love might be the most dangerous gamble of all
This was a fun and interesting trilogy that I enjoyed very much. I started the trilogy on a whim when I saw it at my library and I'm glad I did. The characters were very fun with their conning capabilities and throughout all the conning, there was some romance. I like the witchy element that goes along with the story. If you like that kind of a story I believe you should give the books a try. I believe this final book was probably my favorite and the most interesting of them all because it wrapped up nicely.

Cassel was probably my favorite character. In this book his character starts to develop. He starts to second guess his way of living and if that the kind of thing he likes about himself. I liked that hesitation. Lila grew on me a bit in this book. Even though I still didn't connect with her the way I wanted to for a love interest, I kind of liked her by the end of the story. But really threw me off in this book was the Sam little try angle that came into play. It was weird to say the least.

But overall, the story was entertaining and fast paced. I was never bored :) I wish there was another book, but I liked the way this trilogy ended.


  1. The third book was by far the least entertaining for me, I was disappointed by Cassel and his endless whining, but overall this trilogy is still one of my all-time favorites merely because of how fun it is.
    Great review, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    1. He was a tad bit whiny and that was a bit of the reason I dropped the ratings along with Lila and the triangle.

  2. I haven't started this series, but I have to say that I love the covers, and you make a strong case for this one. I'm intrigued! Great review :)

    1. The covers are pretty intersting, but I think this one is probably my favorite. It simple but gorgeous :)

  3. Glad it was fast paced and entertaining

  4. I haven't read this series. I'm glad you liked it though, and thought it wrapped up nicely in the end.

  5. I still haven't started with this series even though I have heard great things about it. I'll have to cause this one sounds really interesting. Great review Janina :)

    1. Hope you give it a try Tanja. It's pretty interesting :)