Black Heart by Holly Black
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Simon & Schuster, 296 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Curse Workers #3
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.
The FINAL book in The Curse Worker’s Series! What will happen to Cassel? What will happen to Lila? I NEEDED TO KNOW. And I found out.
Black Heart was a great ending to the story of Cassel, Lila, and the crew. Loose ends were tied up and people, essentially, got what was coming to them. Did I like it as much as the first two? No, but that’s because it felt like not enough stuff was going on. It wasn’t as thrilling as the first two and I guess that usually happens in the final book of a series. I wanted more from Black Heart but let me be clear that I still loved this book.
Cassel really comes into his own in this book. I don’t know quite how to describe it but he goes from being “baby bird brother” to a REAL MAN. And I’ve enjoyed watching him learn and grown over this series.
I recommend this series to all readers, especially if you’re looking for something VERY unique and yet, can be paralleled with our world today.