Book Review: Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black

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.

Release Date: April 3, 2012
Age Group: YA
Source: Library

What a perfect ending to such a unique, well-executed series!  I could not be happier with Black Heart.  Everything that I hoped would happen, happened.  I so wanted Cassel to get a happily ever after, and he did, just not the exact way I was expecting.  I love the way Holly Black brought everything together for the conclusion.

There was a lot of action in Black Heart, which I loved.  I loved the way Black wrote Cassel.  Usually, I don't love a male first person POV, but I really liked knowing everything Cassel was thinking and feeling.  

If you haven't read the Curse Workers series, I highly recommend it.  It is so unlike anything else I've ever read.  I loved the unique world and the characters continually surprised me.  I can't wait to see what Holly Black comes up with next!



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