Black Heart

Black Heart

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Cassel Sharpe, a powerful transformation worker, is torn between his decision to work for the federal government and his love for Lila, who has joined her father's criminal organization.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., ©2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781424255283
9781442403475
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1442403462
Characteristics: 296 pages ;,21 cm.

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starkshadow
Jun 25, 2018

WHY DID THIS SERIES HAVE TO END?!?
I loved all the books in the series, but Black Heart was probably my favorite. The storyline was super convoluted, but it makes sense. Cassel wants to bring down Governer Patton, and the Feds have a scheme that they say will do that. But are they to be trusted? And of course, Cassel's whole relationship with Lila was a huge part of the book. I couldn't really figure out Lila's true feelings about Cassel until later in this book (the end, by the way, was really sweet and adorable. I love these guys so much). Also, Cassel is hilarious. When he made his speech on pages 256-257, I was laughing so hard! I love Cassel so much, he is a really witty, cool, realistic character. He does bad things and isn't always sorry for them. He makes good decisions and bad decisions, and sometimes it's hard for him to tell which is which--and that's probably true for all of us. however, he always tries his hardest to be a good person despite the odds.
Lila was supercool in this book. She is now a part of Zacharov's crime family, and kills ruthlessly. She can be cruel, but she is also vivacious, brilliant, beautiful, and she struggles to deal with her conflicting emotions after she feels like Cassel betrayed her.
Speaking of people Cassel betrayed... BARRON. He surprised me so much in this book! Like Cassel, I really didn't think he could feel love, so I had no idea he loved Daneca and wasn't just using her. Cassel convinces Daneca to leave him, but towards the end, he finds a picture of her in Barron's wallet...
"(Daneca is) smiling at the camera in a way that I've never seen her smile before--not at me and not at Sam. She looks lit up from the inside, shining with a happiness so vast that it's impossible to ignore. On the back is the distinctive scrawl of my brother's handwriting: 'This is Daneca Wasserman. She is your girlfriend and you love her.'"
And when Cassel owes Barron a favor, Barron just wants Cassel to tell Daneca that he did something good (helping Cassel bring down Patton). But does Cassel? No! He destroys the picture, too, and lets Daneca think Barron never cared about her so that she can be with annoying, selfish, whiny, Sam. Sam is really annoying in this book, which is a shame because i liked him in WHite Cat. Daneca should have been with Barron. But, like I said, Cassel doesn't always make good decisions. He just hated that his friend was unhappy, and wanted to help him be with Daneca again, and most of us probably would have made the same decision. ANyways, digressing from my ranting about my failed ship... this was an amazing series, and I'm so glad I read it. I would recommend it to anyone. 5 STARS!!!

FindingJane Sep 16, 2014

Steeped in various plots and double-dealings, “Black Heart” is an even more pulse-pounding, adrenalin-filled sleigh ride than its predecessors. Time and again, Cassel Sharpe proves himself sly, intelligent, resourceful and cunning about the situations around him. Time and again, he makes one blunder after another but somehow manages to find his way on top.

The first novel in this series dealt with the slipperiness of dreams, sleepwalking and memory; its supernatural origins were being set in place. The second one pushed us into the world of noir as Cassel Sharpe tried to find his brother’s murderer while negotiating the treacherous waters of the mob and state agencies. The third finds us planted firmly in the political machinations of a crazed governor and the governmental bureaus whose agendas may be as shadowy as the mobsters.

The reader breathlessly flips through page after page, wondering how our intrepid anti-hero is going to get himself out of all the twisted imbroglios and webs that tighten around him. Tangled as he is with varying loyalties to friends, family, the mob and government, it’s not easy and Ms. Black doesn’t cut corners in showing how each and every move might have disastrous consequences.

The characters are by now familiar as they too try to deal with all the problems life throws at them. Like the denizens of the Buffyverse, they find themselves caught up in real-world problems while forced to take on the supernatural. What they all learn is that there are no clear-cut good or bad people, only constant negotiations to survive, minute by minute, in a world that is unkind by nature.

Holly Black once again proves the adept at keeping the various balls in the air and entertaining us as she does so. If I have one critique, it’s about the triteness of the fairy-tale-like ending. But it seems that Mr. Sharpe has chosen his road and ultimately it must be conceded that he has earned it.

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gr8_reader
Sep 16, 2013

enjoyed all the books in the series a great deal - lots of fun and totally different... she writes well and the characters are engaging

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sportsbookspce
Aug 26, 2013

I'm sad that the series is ending but it was fantastic! Everything in this series was amazing: the characters, the setting, the emotions, the surprises, the plot. Barron is a very complicated character (2nd favourite) and that is shown even more in this book. Holly Black created a perfect character when she created Cassel, who is both a hero and a villain. The ending was good but I hope that there will be more books about Cassel in the future.

JewelMcLatchy May 28, 2013

Fans of the first two books will either completely love or completely hate the ending of the trilogy. I found it to be quite a fitting end to the story; most loose ends were tied up, but enough questions were left so as to not exclude the possibility of follow-up books later on. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire trilogy.

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x_kae
Oct 12, 2012

The series was intriguing and enjoyable, but I don't think it's Holly Black's best.

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imacat2day
Aug 27, 2012

I thought that this book wasn't as good as the previous two, but it is still an amazing book! I'm glad that Cassel and Lila got to be together in the end.

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cutiepie4675
Aug 24, 2012

Such an amazing installment of a wonderful series. The book captivated me from the first page to the last.

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jennybeast
Aug 24, 2012

The finale to the White Cat series – phenomenal. What do you do when it’s your nature to be on the grift, but you aspire to a straight and legal life? Cassel struggles to find his way as his transformational talent makes him ever more valuable to the players around him.

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ginger_bug
Jul 04, 2012

I loved all three of the Curse Workers books so far. Holly Black has created a fresh and interesting urban fantasy world based on many classic aspects of fictional magic; and I got very involved in the story of main character Cassel Sharpe, who is not nearly as bad as he thinks he is.

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JewelMcLatchy May 28, 2013

I thought grifters and con men were just born bad. [...] But now I wonder-what if everyone is pretty much the same and it's just a thousand small choices that add up to the person you are? No good or evil, no black and white, no inner demons or angels whispering the right answers in our ears like it's some cosmic SAT test. Just us, hour by hour, minute by minute, day by day, making the best choices we can. The thought is horrifying. If that's true, then there's no right choice. There's just choice.

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