Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: Black Heart

Black Heart
Author: Holly Black
Published: April 3, 2012
296 pages
5 Gold Stars

(summary from Goodreads)

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.

There is no way for me to truly express how I feel about this series. I want to be a emotion worker so I can convince everyone to read this. I want to be a memory worker so I can experience it all again for the first time. I want to be a dream worker so I can make everyone dream about these words, these characters. I think everyone's lives would be so much better with these books in them. They are in a league of their own and are still haunting me days after finishing the final book. Black Heart does what every good finale should do. It creates tension, making us unsure which way our main character will turn, and wraps everything up to make us happy after our almost heart attacks. From first sentence to last, this book kept me wanting more and I've never been so scared and unsure of what would happen in the end. 

Cassel's life seems to get more difficult every day. His would be girlfriend is in training to take over one of the biggest mob families and he's training to work for the feds. Given the task to find a diamond that was once stolen from the mob and another task to make a powerful man disappear, Cassel once again finds himself racing against time. It doesn't help that he keeps running into Lila and desperately wants to tell her how he feels. 

Everything I want to say about this book will spoil it. Cassel steps up to the plate and really proves himself worthy of the power he has. Lila breaks my heart because I know she doesn't really want to take over the family business but has no other choice. Cassel struggles through a lot in this addition, needing to decide if he will work for the good guys or the bad, and how far he'll go to prove what he's capable of. The minor characters keep their clever lines and unique personalities. I literally had no idea how this story would end and the last 50 pages were a whirlwind of emotion. I'm so glad that this series is so different from everything else that's out there right now. It sets itself apart and is classic in a way that I know it will be read for decades to come. 

“She wears trouble like a crown. If she ever falls in love, she’ll fall like a comet, burning the sky as she goes.” 

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