Black Heart by Holly Black
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The author has a way with words, and the touches of humor serve to counterbalance the essential darkness of the plot.
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Love is dangerous and trust is priceless in the satisfying conclusion to Holly Black’s “powerful, edgy dark” fantasy series (Publishers Weekly).

Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is the one he should stay the farthest away from. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.
 

About Holly Black

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Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 306 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Black Heart
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Connie Goldsmith on Apr 15 2014

Ms. Black has created a deliciously dark and edgy world quite unlike anything else in today’s teen literature. Cassel is an appealing character whose desire to do the right thing in spite of his family’s criminal proclivities and his own past makes the reader want to root for his success.

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Brit Mandelo on Apr 03 2012

That, right there, is a wonderful ending, uncomfortable in its implications but ecstatic at the same time.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on Apr 27 2012

The action is fast-paced, the characters are fully developed and charming, and the underlying mysteries keep you guessing until the end.

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Common Sense Media

Below average
Reviewed by Karen Wirsing

The major characters, initially complex and impulsive, are a little dull and predictable in the finale.

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365 Days of Reading

Good
Reviewed by Lauren on Apr 03 2012

The manner of resolution, however, isn’t easy—each of the conflicts Cassel is facing have their own twists, and you’ll find yourself surprised at every single one.

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Novel Novice

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Apr 04 2012

Black masterfully leads (or should I say follows?) them through the murky world they inhabit to a stunning and complex finish.

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Diary of a Bookworm

Good
Apr 18 2012

Somehow Black is writing a complex story, full of detail, but with a magical economy of words.

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Murphy's Library

Good
Reviewed by Maeva

She tied up all the loosen ends, left us guessing a new fact that could give it a sequel, and made me smile with the last few paragraphs.

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Book Aunt

Good
Reviewed by Kate Coombs on Apr 14 2012

The author has a way with words, and the touches of humor serve to counterbalance the essential darkness of the plot.

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