[Review] Black Heart by Holly Black

Black Heart
(The Curse Workers #3)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 296 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA Fiction – Mystery, Fantasy

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.

I can’t believe that I read this book in one day, considering my average reading speed. One thing I know is it has been increasing recently. I really liked White Cat and I absolutely loved Red Glove and my expectations before reading the final book of this series was definitely high. Black Heart generally met up to all my hopes – Cassel is still the kind of Cassel I loved in the first two books, he still has a good sense of humor, the plot and character developments are fantastic. But somehow, I felt a little bit underwhelmed… Okay, I’m gonna say the positives first.

I probably already talked in my reviews of the first two books – about how Cassel was so relateable, how he’s such a smartass that he’ll eventually manage to wriggle his way out of his ever-so-complicated problems, how he made me laugh lots and lots of time. And he is still the same Cassel that I knew from the previous books, except here he’s more obsessed with Lila.

And the plot. I’m not gonna say much cause it’s basically the same like before – it kept you wondering and even after finding out your guess is wrong, you can’t help yourself but to guess what will happen next. It made me feel certain excitement whether my guess is right or wrong – I don’t care. But to be honest, I thought Red Glove was the best book of the series because the con and the climax and the surprise were totally mind-blowing. Probably that’s why I felt that there was something missing in Black Heart – the con is awesome, but less magnificent than the second book.

I think I loved Barron more in this book. He seems more… likable and I actually wanted him to end up happy. I sorta felt bad for what happened to him, though. Cassel’s mom doesn’t make many appearances here, but I liked her even more too. And Zacharov – I started to like him near the end of the book. It’s like he becomes more understandable somehow. I think I loved every character more. Well, not all, though. (I got annoyed with Daneca some times.)

Some people thought the ending was smart. Well, I thought it was good enough, but it didn’t really satisfy me. There was a lot of questions popping up in my brain once I finished this book. Like, what happen next to the other characters? We’re only shown glimpses of them. I know the MC is Cassel, but am I wrong if I’m also curious about the other? Hm, this might also just because of my personal taste. Or maybe I just didn’t want to admit the fact that I didn’t want to bid The Curse Workers series good bye. D:

In my opinion, Black Heart was utterly engrossing – mostly cause of Cassel’s fascinating narration. But you’ll definitely enjoy this, as this book (or series) will capture your attention with its mystery and well-crafted plot.

P.S: Does anyone want a spin off or novella about Barron beside me?? 😛 I really want to know what’s inside his head, since he turns out to be much more interesting in here.

Actual Rating is 4.5 Cakes!

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