5 Things About Black Heart by Holly Black

October 29, 2016 Review 8 ★★★½

5 Things About Black Heart by Holly Black
Black Heart by Holly Black
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Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Publisher: Listening Library
Source: Borrowed
Length: 6hr, 33min
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Series: Curse Workers #3
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
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 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 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? With no easy answers and no one he can trust, love might be the most dangerous gamble of all.

Back to the mystery and intrigue

One of the things I was worried about was that I would find BLACK HEART as meh as I found RED GLOVE. Fortunately for me, we get more heists and intrigue right from the get go. It was more fast paced than the second book which helped a lot and had less romance angst.

I thought there would be more moral debates

RED GLOVE set up an interesting premise for the exploration of many moral dilemmas, primarily the fight for worker rights. So much effort was put into setting up the senator and the bill, I really thought it would play a major part in BLACK HEART. I was looking forward to it. And then it barely appeared, and even when it was mentioned it was more of a side comment and not even a minor theme. On the plus side, at least there were lots of questionable characters.


I’m so glad Jesse Eisenberg narrated the whole trilogy

Jesse Eisenberg did such an amazing job as Cassel, I’m so glad they kept him for the entire trilogy. He suits the character so well and does such a good job, and I don’t normally enjoy American accents as much usually. The narration became one of my favourite parts of this reading experience.

It wrapped up in a way I wasn’t expecting

After RED GLOVE, I thought this series might end with Cassel joining the feds more fully and fighting crime or something. From the grey subject matter and themes I really should have known better. The series didn’t end anything like that silly prediction. It wrapped up well and was relatively happy considering all the things that had happened, but…. I don’t know how I feel. It was a bit underwhelming for me overall.


White Cat is still my favourite

I really think WHITE CAT set the standard for this series for me. I loved all the cons and intrigue and mystery in that first book. The sequels have just never managed to live up to it, which is a mighty shame because they certainly had the potential.

In Summary

BLACK HEART wrapped up this trilogy well. The ending was different than what I expected, and left me kind of underwhelmed, but it was an interesting solution. Maybe if it explored more of the moral dilemmas and had a few more cons I could have enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed WHITE CAT.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.4

8 Responses to “5 Things About Black Heart by Holly Black”

    • Bec

      White Cat was just so good! It set a really high bar for the rest of the series. I hope you like Black Heart when you listen to it!

    • Bec

      I’ve had a few audiobook trilogies change narrators with each book and it’s really distracting :( I like continuity!

    • Bec

      Series that improve with each instalment always end up becoming my favourites. It’s so disappointing when they get worse :(

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