Then his lips pressed against mine. He clasped my hands. I strengthened my grip around his, and for that moment everything else ceased to matter. All that mattered was Les—the way his beard scraped my skin and how his lips tightened in a smile against mine until he laughed and pulled away.
“This has been an excellent jailbreak.”
I mean, I should have seen this coming. No good can come of a book in which the word "heart" and "assassin" is used together in the title. Still, I was curious enough to ...more
In a county that worships a death goddess, nine families of assassins are her chosen disciples. Each family executes (HA!) their religious duty--legal assassination--from their individual territory, all except the Saldana and Da Via families whose territory is shared.
Unsurprisingly, these two families are also the top ranked, each of their blades kept sharp by the others', and, also unsurprisingly, while none of the families would ever consider one of the others an ally, ...more
Assassin’s Heart is set in the kingdom of Lovero, where nine families of assassins kill people in the name of their goddess Safraella. “Clippers” as they are called, are respected by the commoners because their coins at the time of death are the only way Safrella will grant resurrection into the next life. If you die without her coin you will become a ghost and be lost forever. Our main character, Lea Saldana, is a highly skilled member of the Saldana family, the number one ranked family of a ...more
I loved the Assassin's world and how it is organised! I really enjoyed the use of Ghosts in this novel. For some reason I got a very 'Return of the king' vibe from the use of Ghosts, which FYI is a super good thing!
I can't wait to see what happens in the next novel.
This book was VERY fast paced, made me cry and scream and on the hole i really enjoyed.
Minor issue: The introduction to the mythology in the novel felt slightly rushed. I don't think this is a fault of the auth ...more
The story starts with Lea and Val in a Romeo & Juliet situation. They live in this renaissance Italy-type kingdom where nine Families of assassins murder people in a way that's... good? (Because it lets you move onto your next life or something, idk). The setting had a ton of potential, but the worldbuilding was a bit of an in ...more
The relationship in this story was compared to Romeo and Juliet but that concept was just a very tiny speck in the whole plot line, meaning it was barely there. Close to nonexistent, actually, because it was only ever explored in the first few chapters of the book. Besides that, the for ...more
Oh, the conflict. Blur rating alert!
I am honestly so wrecked about how I feel about this book. There were parts I really liked but at the same time there were parts I didn't.
You see, when I read the blurb I automatically thought this was going to be some type of The Punisher(the movie) remake. I was expecting retaliation at its best. I mean, there is nothing sweeter than revenge served cold right? I don't really care that this plot has been done a million times over. It will always captivate me ...more
For a book about assassins, I would’ve expected more assassinating. Set in a fervently religious world where killing each other is normal, Assassin’s Heart featured more telling than showing.
The world in Assassin’s Heart made no sense to me whatsoever. Built upon a world with nine families worshipping a death god, the Saldana family are the most powerful and revered. But there is bad blood between them and the Da Via family, ...more
Assassin's Heart is a thrilling, hard-pounding, intriguing adventure full of richly realized characters, romance, a gripping plot, and palpable descriptions of sight, sound, and smell.
I inhaled this book, and believe me when I tell you that it's way off my beaten reading path. I don't read a great deal of YA fantasy, but I know masterful worldbuilding when I see it. Here, Ah ...more
DNF at about 60%
Once in a while I am in a mood for angsty romantic stories, so when I saw some of my friends complaining about an absolutely whiny heroine and sugar-sweet romance I thought: ok, the heroine is a ninny but all I want is a decent romance, please. Oh my, get what you asked for, Nastassja. From this point I am going to rant a lot about all the things I didn't like about this book, and if you haven't read it - beware the spoilers.
The first thing I noticed is the world-building. It i...more
When I read the description of Assassin's Heart I immediately knew that I just have to read this one. The plot sounded so interesting and I just couldn't help myself, so I went ahead and downloaded it from Edelweiss. The sole premise: "With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet", told me I can't skip on this one. I really love The Godfather theme. Anything that relates to mafia intrigues me, and I always find books like that inte ...more
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Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Summary (from Goodreads):
In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in ...more
“Family over family.”
This was an interesting YA fantasy story, with some detailed world building.
I liked Lea in this story, she was an assassin, and she seriously owned that title. She believed that murder was exactly what her Goddess expected of her, and had no problems dishing it out, even when lines got a bit blurred! I did feel pretty sorry for her over what happened ...more
Rating: 3.8 stars
Can you believe I finally finish something after weeks of trudging through countless of books.
Assassin’s Heart has a mesmerizing prose. This book will easily pull you in. The world building is rich and luscious, for a standalone there is never a shortage of history. The characters are well developed. Aside from that, it has a lot of elements that guarantees it would appeal to a lot of readers. In a way the story reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, with a twist.
I want to give it a ...more
Oleander Saldana is one strong heroine and I am not going to forget her anytime soon, that's for ...more
----- FINISHED -----
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Well I just finished reading this book and I must tell you that thankfully, this is definitely different from Throne of Glass. Yes, the main character is an assassin with a murdered family set on revenge, but I can assure you that that’s where the similarities end. And while this might sound a bit sarcastic, I, again, assure you that it’s not.
In the kingdom of Lov ...more
I really wanted wanted to like this book. I'm a sucker for high fantasy and assassins. This had such a unique premise, too--people killing lawfully. In reverence for Clippers--fear, too, but the one that's overpowered by respect.
I mostly liked the beginning, the little back and forth with Val. Although I didn't entirely like Val, the short-lived romance he and Lea shared was kind of cute, given the circumstances.
After The Thing happened, everything kind of went downhill from ther ...more
And while this wasn't quite the star crossed Romeo and Juliet lover's story the synopsis promised, this was the assassin story that I was hoping it would be and I found myself caught up in it before I even knew it.
This was such a fun read. It wasn't anything too special or mind blowing but it was well written and just plai ...more
Assassin's Heart: Actual rating 3.5 ★'s but I am feeling generous.
Thief's Cunning: Actual rating 3.5 ★'s
“Dying is the easy part.” Marcello got to his feet. “But what you leave behind is another matter.”
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers is set in a world where ghost's prey on humans and the only way to keep them at bay is to worship Safraella, the god of death and murder. In the kingdom of Lovero, to appease Safraella further, the cities have Families of clipper ...more
Just the blurb for this book sounded so awesome. There was no way I wasn't going to read it. I thought for sure it would be like Throne of Glass, which is one of my all time favorite fantasy series. And I really enjoy assassin books (ToG, His Fair Assassin). So, given the chance to read such a book, I jumped at the chance. ...more
Ah, the kind of book a mini-review was made for! You know the kind- spoilery stuff happens within the first like, 20% of the book making it nearly impossible to tell you anything else about the book? Yep, this is that stuff!
I wasn't sure about it at first, to be honest. The beginning was a little "meh" for me- not for very long, mind you, but the very beginning was a bit underwhelming, even with assassining. ("Assassining" should absolut ...more
The pitch says it has "shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet" and though it does, it's awful. The plot itself is interesting but the writing is really cheesy and the characters are really annoying. The MC is supposed to be a badass assassin (which she feels the need to remind the reader of this constantly) but she doesn't show any signs of being the well-trained assassin she's supposed to be.
I'm really upset that I didn't like this one because I was really looking forward to it ...more
After her entire family is killed, Lea becomes obsessed with the idea of avenging them, and accepts she will likely die in the process. However, she soon learns that ...more
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