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Black Heart (Curse Workers #3)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  9,802 ratings  ·  1,191 reviews
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
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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This fucking book.

This fucking book right here.

It can go fuck itself. I'm sorry, I'm sorry if you're reading this and cuss words aren't your thing, but I can't muster the strength to give a damn right now.

Did you hear me, Black Heart? Fuck you.

You were being so nice and perfect, just like the rest of the series was, and I was thinking i'd miss you, but noooo, you had to do it, you had to wait until the last pages and eat my feelings up, chew them like the fucker you are and spit them the fuck ou
Emily May

The more I consider it, the more I wonder if I was just having a bad day when I read Red Glove and found myself mostly underwhelmed by it. I still think that White Cat was this series' highest point and the other two installments never quite achieved what the opening book did, I just thought that White Cat had so much going on but Ms Black somehow managed to juggle it superbly so the plot never felt too much or overcrowded. And there was just a touch too much relationship drama going on in Red
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3.5 stars

If you haven't read White Cat and Red Glove yet and are still contemplating if you should start another series that might take a nosedive half-way through, let me assure you, Curse Workers remains fairly consistent. Just don't read book synopses and spoilers or the rest of this review and enjoy the ride.

As a trilogy conclusion, Black Heart is satisfying, albeit a little weaker in terms of plotting than its predecessors. Hence, 3.5 stars instead of 4.

Cassel's j
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs.
What no one told me, with all those warnings, is that even after you've fallen, even after you know how painful it is, you'd still get in line to do it again.

Awwwwwwww!! I cannot belie
I was very indifferent about Red Glove – I didn’t hate it and I didn’t love it. But I am happy to say that with this third book in the series my original enthusiasm has returned. (Is it a trilogy? The door is left open just a crack at the end and I have to say that now I’m hoping for more!)

Everything that bothered me about Red Glove seems to be explained and/or remedied in this book. Cassel’s constant fretting over his Wallingford Academy performance, which I originally suffered through just wai
After Reading:

WHY IS IT OVERRRRRRRRRRRRRR???????????????????????

4.5 stars

Before Reading:

Publishers need to stop with this cover-changing behavior. It's messing up my bookshelf and littering the world with mix-matching series.
Bark's Book Nonsense
I listened to this book as an unabridged audio. It's read by Jesse Eisenberg who does a decent but not awesome job. All of his characters pretty much sound the same. It was a good end to the series but for some reason it seemed to lag in places and get a wee bit boring. Who knows, maybe it was just my mood. It couldn't seem to grab and keep my attention for long like the previous two installments. There was a lot of stuff going on; mob jobs, double crosses, romantic entanglements and small doses ...more
Vi Vi
Okay, so I love Holly Black's writing. This is the first of her series I've ever read. I had my fill of faeries with Melissa Marr's series (which I actually liked within reason) so I didn't read Tithe. Plus, I don't really read middle grade so I didn't read that other series she had out that got turned into a film...Spiderwick. Oh yeah.

But this series...there was something about the world she created that was super creative and really appealing to me. Despite the series' shortcomings, Cassel has
I like Holly Black and admire her immensely for creating the original and unique world of the Curse Workers, but I LOVE her for writing this series with wit, sarcasm, romance, and most importantly, for ending this book perfectly. Black Heart lived up to every one my ridiculously high expectations. Needless to say, very few books truly manage to do that - especially when it is the last book in a series. I finished Black Heart in a matter of hours and am left with a euphoric high, satisfied sigh, ...more
Cait Grace
WELL THAT WAS EXTRAORDINARILY WONDERFUL. I always have high hopes pinned on trilogy finales and this? this was perfect. It had closure with juuuust enough of an open ending to keep my imagination storing while I secretly whisper, "But I want another book..."

******SPOILER FREE!!!*****

Cassel is such an adorable little idiot. All his messing around with the mafia and the feds comes to a pinnacle here and HE GETS IN DEEP TROUBLE. I really like how Cassel is absolutely bad (black hearted little idio
Gah! I can't believe I'm going to have to wait so long for this to be published!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1/20/12 Beep, beep. Back. Up. So there used to be an awesome cover of Cassel and Lila similar to the first two covers posted here and now they're showing the new and, in my opinion, not improved cover?!

If you can't tell, I hate it. It has touches of Art Deco but waaayyyy too much 70s in it for me. Not cool. I hope somewhere that other cover will be available 'cause that's the one I want.

2/10/14 (the 9 lik
Call me bias or whatever but I gotta give my baby a 5-star! lol!

Oh boy, I gave this book a 5-star rating but it's like I don't have anything to say! Ha! -- the rating speaks it all! lol! Alright, alright. I'll try to say as much as I can...

First of all, I'd like to say that I found this series really wonderful and unique. The world-building was awesome, the characters were charming and fantastic, the twist and mysteries were impressive and clever - with those all I can say is that I loved every
Stacia (the 2010 club)
I'm not sure if this book is needing me to break out the cigarette-after-sex pic, the way I felt it completely necessary after the end of the Georgina Kincaid series, but I'm going to say that Black Heart made me experience some of those same feelings.

Imagine me sending out vibes of love to Holly Black for not fubaring a great trilogy with an unsatisfying ending. My favorite series endings are ones in which you get enough closure without everything being wrapped up into a neat little package. Th
Sarah ♢October semi-hiatus♢
That weird moment when the last book of the series is the best one.... Wait, that never happens! Black Heart is the exception to that rule.

The Curse Worker series has been like that activity I sometimes participate in and have a lot of fun doing, but forget that I enjoy after a while. Now it’s proven itself to be more than that.

Cassel, oh my dear Cassel. He’s really in his element here, with the sass turned up to max and his skills really show.

After all, Yulikova thinks Barron has a real
I hate to say I was pushed into reading this series, but well, you know who you are – and you know you do some pushing. Thank you for the push.

This is more of a review of this series. So this series is a unique, but a growing subset, in the young adult paranormal genre. The uniqueness being female authored with a male protagonist as the hero and a dark dark world. The lead in each of these books is the same teenaged boy - -Cass. I would compare it to Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride,
Alina Rain

Великолепное завершение потрясающей серии.

Без ложных прикрас должна признаться что «Наводящие порчу» одна из самых любимых у меня серий. Мне нравится мир, идея и боже, я влюблена в героев серии. Холли Блэй написала замечательную серию, полностью передав атмосферу.

Я не очень люблю читать книги от лица парней, на это меня много причин, но «Наводящие порчу»? Определенно ДАААА! Холли Блэк сделала то, что не удается многим авторам-женщинам: она не превратила героя в тряпку, размазню. Она сохранила е
Orijinal yorum Kitap Hayvanı'nın Günlüğü'nde.

Kara Yürek, Lanet İşleyiciler serisinin son kitabı. Bu serinin yeri o kadar ayrıdır bende ki anlatamam. İlk kitap Beyaz Kedi'yi okuduğumda çok mu sevdiğime yoksa bir şeyleri garip mi bulduğuma karar verememiştim. Sonra ikinci kitap Kırmızı Eldiven'i okuduğumda kesinlikle Lanet İşleyiciler'e bayıldığımın farkında varmıştım. Şimdi seriyi bitirmenin mutluluğunu ve hüznünü aynı anda yaşıyorum. Bayağı benimsemişim.

Aslında Kara Yürek, dolayısıyla Lanet İşle

Oh my word, this book was awesome! I gobbled it up like it was the only piece of chocolate I'd ever be allowed to eat again. This is the conclusion to the trilogy, and my main gripe is just that it's over. I would love to have at least one more book to find out what happened with Barron and the Dean (and of course Lila). Well ok, fine you're right, I would like to know more about everybody.

So why do I love these stories so much? Well, our protagonist is Cassel Sharpe, and he's a mobster's spawn
This, to my dismay (utter and complete), is the last (noooo!!!!) book in the Curse Workers trilogy. I don't want it to be over. I really don't. But if it does have to be over, I am so glad that it's over with this book. You know how sometimes the trilogy is fantastic until you reach the last book and several layers of frigid effery later, you step out of the story utterly horrified, devastated (and if you are me, angry, very very angry)? No? Well maybe I have crappy taste but this has frequently ...more
If you haven't read the first two in the series STOP READING NOW. SPOILERS AHEAD.

Black Heart was my favorite of the series. Everything is amped up: the pressure and danger of Cassel’s choices, the love and hate between Lila and him, and even Daneca and Sam’s relationship had drama. I was nervous and fascinated about how it all would work out.

With Cassel’s choices narrowed, it looks like he’ll be forced into a life he doesn’t want, either from the control of the Feds or of a crime family. I des
Reading Teen
At a Glance:

Holly Black has blown me away with this series. It's like The Godfather mixed with X-Men but with a storyline and mystery all its own. Black Heart was full of non-stop thrills, constant twists, endless turmoil, and heart-wrenching awesomeness. Cassel Sharpe has led me on an emotional roller-coaster, and I'm not sure I'm ready to get off.

*If you have not read White Cat, do not read the following*

So how does it compare?

I swear this series just gets better and better with every book! Th
This is the last book in a fun series set in an interesting world where some people have the talent for curse work, whether it be luck, physical, death, memory or the rare transformation worker. Of course, actually using these skills are illegal, so curse workers tend to hide their secret or flaunt it in working for one of the big crime families. Or, the Feds.

Cassel is caught between these two factions, wanting to do the right thing with the Feds, but drawn to a life with Lila, the girl he's lov
I think it's more of a 3.5 stars book? The story is alright, the world building is nice and the criminals and cops actually act realistically for me to respect them. I still find the MC's obsession with the daughter of the crime boss very annoying but I can at least live with it.

The Chinese version of this book translates the book title into '黑暗之心', I can't say it's wrong translation, but I think it would be more fitting to translate it into '黑心肝', but it's just my opinion.

What I really like abo
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I read the first two books in the Curse Workers series on my Nook, but when Random House offered up the audiobook for White Cat for free last year, I couldn’t pass it up. And I loved it. But while I was reading Black Heart, the final (*sniff*) book in the series, I couldn’t help but hear Jesse Eisenberg as Cassel Sharpe in my head. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Honestly, it’s probably more of a reason for you to listen to the audio yourself. ;0) Eisenberg really added a layer of ner ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Oh Curse Workers, why does this series have to end!?! I was honestly hesitant about reading Black Heart, because I didn't want this series to end. Okay and maybe I was a bit scared about reading what might happen to Cassel and the rest of the characters from this series. We all know that Holly's not scared to torture her characters. One of the things I have enjoyed about this series, and I might be demented to admit this, is the idea of people have an ability and being able to do something with ...more
Cassel Sharpe was raised in the Curse Workers's world, where everyone is a con artist and every choice is a potential trap. His mother can emotionally control him, his brother can manipulate his memories, his ex-girlfriend is now part of the mob and he himself has (view spoiler) He wants to get a high class education and win himself free of all the plots, but instead he keeps getting pulled deeper.

The world building remains awesome. Ther
Apr 24, 2013 Ian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes urban fantasy
Recommended to Ian by: Stacia (the 2010 club)
Shelves: b-young-adult

Grifter and transformation curse worker Cassel returns for the third and final book of the Curse Workers series. His mother has disappeared, his girlfriend hates him, his brother knows he was conned, the Feds and the Mob both want him to work for them, and nobody can be trusted.

Black Heart is the best book in the series by a long shot. It has wonderful little digressions into the psychology behind "the con" which didn't really work in book 1 White Cat but fit into this story seamlessly. The fir
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
So much fun! I'm so glad I read this series (well, listened). I just love the characters and the story. I wish there was a tiny bit more towards the end -- maybe some clever twists? I kept expecting there to me more with Cassel's dad -- but there were some really nice surprises that had me hooked until the end! Definitely great reads and great audio too!

Full review as originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: Just a mini-review today for BLACK HEART! I finished Holly Black’s Curse Worker ser
Why I picked it up: Last in a trilogy.

This picks up not long after Red Glove ends. Cassel is in the agent-in-training program for worker kids. Lila is proving herself in her father's mob business. Sam & Danica are still fighting. Cassel's mom is on the run after working a politician. I do not recommend reading this if you have not read the first two. This is a layered story and while it could be enjoyed a la carte, it's better as a part of a whole.

I liked it. A lot. I wasn't sure I was going
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Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Gl ...more
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“Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs. What no one told me, with all those warnings, is that even after you’ve fallen, even after you know how painful it is, you’d still get in line to do it again.” 170 likes
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