REVIEW! Black Heart by Holly Black.


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Black Heart by Holly Black

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.

296 pages | Published: April 3, 2012 | Margaret K. McElderry Books


I need this series to not be over. Partly because it’s so good, and partly because I still need answers. At the same time I understand that there could never be enough answers to Cassel’s life. Black could keep writing this series and it would result in me craving more, more, more.

Point blank: Black Heart – and, generally speaking, the Curse Workers series – is addictive.

This book was the one that had me on the edge of my seat the most. I really, really feared for Cassel and wanted everything to work out for him. He took hold of my feelings like no male character has been able to do in a while. He’s not the nicest or brightest kid. I mean, let’s just say it: he’s done many illegal things. And yet I still wanted things to work in his favor. He proved he could change; he proved it to me and himself. And the greatest thing is that his growth is taken yet another step further than seen in Red Glove. I won’t spoil anything, but he shares quite a touching moment with Sam. (I went and re-read it. It’s that cute.)

I think the only disappointment with Black Heart is its predictability, which I’d learned to spot in the past two books. The denouement is thrilling and gripping, but it didn’t leave me in the dark. I think, this time, Cassel’s story is missing that extra oomph, that extra con magic. (I say con “magic” because this time the cons seem sloppy.) If the cons matched the personal elements, it would’ve been absolutely perfect.

But this doesn’t change the fact that Cassel Sharpe stole my heart. (Or that I’m letting him keep it.)

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14 Responses to “REVIEW! Black Heart by Holly Black.”

  1. elena says:

    This series really addictive! I enjoyed it immensely. I agree with you, even though Cassel did illegal things, I was rooting for him. It was a fun series! 🙂

  2. I’m so freaking sad this series is over. I love Cassel, for all the the same reasons as you.

    What I want to know is if you were as affected as me when it came to Barron?? I was so conflicted over him! I wanted to hate him forever, then in the end all I felt was heartbreak for him!! GAH, Holly Black really screwed up my heart with that one!

  3. We Heart YA says:

    GAH we still haven’t gotten our hands on this series yet! Glad to hear it’s strong the whole way through, though. 🙂

  4. Liz. R says:

    Cassel has stolen my heart too! I still need to catch up with this series but I’m really glad you enjoyed it so much (despite the predictability). Definitely need to start my copy of Red Glove soon! Thanks for the review :).

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