Black Heart is the final book in the curseworkers trilogy by Holly Black. It is a riveting story that stands between the genres of urban fan...moreSO. GOOD.
Black Heart is the final book in the curseworkers trilogy by Holly Black. It is a riveting story that stands between the genres of urban fantasy and crime fiction. Although teenagers are the protagonists of this novel, they have to deal with the very adult issues of death and mortality, along with the challenges of growing up. Black expertly weaves in politics in this novel, with workers-- people who can do magic-- being discriminated against, and protests and demonstrations being organized in opposition to laws that would result in the heavier control of workers. In this novel there is also the added thrill of crime families, their alliances, and their betrayals of each other. Overall, this is a very satisfying read, hitting all the marks of romance and mystery.(less)
I really liked it! It was spooky and delicious and I finished reading it in one day because I couldn't put it down. The action scenes literally made m...moreI really liked it! It was spooky and delicious and I finished reading it in one day because I couldn't put it down. The action scenes literally made my heart pound; it was so exciting. It's been a long time since I've read a book and felt this way while reading it. Probably because my reading diet changed to a whole lot more nonfiction since I've started uni. Silly uni.
It's exactly what I was looking for, and more. For example. I picked up Fingersmith hoping it would be about sneaky Victorian thievery but it ended up being more about a maid and her lady giving each other handjobs and was kind of disappointed. (A friend suggests that Holly Black's The Curse Workers series is about thievery, so I will read that instead.) But I picked up Miss Peregrine not knowing anything except that it would be about creepy pictures, and it gave me the scary bits that I was expecting, but even scarier. So it was great.
I like how realistic it is; Jacob isn't portrayed as this person who is well-behaved all the time, but he sometimes says mean stuff to his parents and his friend, like your run of the mill angsty teenage boy! (less)
**spoiler alert** I finally got around to reading this, after much persuasion on twitter that it was causing people many feels. One tiny gripe-- I hav...more**spoiler alert** I finally got around to reading this, after much persuasion on twitter that it was causing people many feels. One tiny gripe-- I have the UK edition, and I hate the cover. Not that it's an inaccurate representation of what occurs in the book, but because it's embarrassing. It looks like a romance cover. I have an unexplained bias against Romance.
I like what's within its covers, though! As expected, there were lots of bits with Sarah Rees Brennan-style humor. Yay! um. I like the queer visibility and POC visibility. I like that it's in there, and it's incidental and matter-of-fact. I saw all the positive tweets by people who had read the ARC, and had high expectations of this book. Perhaps my expectations were too high, because I found it to be lacking. It's not a bad book by any length, but I think I've been spoiled by the Demon's Lexicon Trilogy and have come to expect more. I know the plot is supposed to mock the trope of the gothic novel, but I still found it to too predictable. Maybe I just have a thing against the female-protagonist-falls-in-love-with-handsome-dark-stranger trope. I know Kami/Jared weren't in love with each other at the beginning, and I like how she tried to emphasize that their feelings for each other aren't romantic. But in the end she has feelings for him?
I like how Jared's behavior is very much like an adolescent boy's. It's so realistic. Like Wayne from Squaresville. He's not exempt from adolescent boy behavior just because he has magical powers.(less)