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Black Heart

(Curse Workers #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  16,198 ratings  ·  1,677 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, First Edition, 297 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone. You. Are you a person? Can you read? Then read this. Now.
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
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it

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 R
I thought there would some sort of BIG CON that happened in this one.
You know, because Cassel comes from a family of grifters.


And yeaaaaaaah. Sort of. But it wasn't all that well thought out and he should really probably be dead now because of the sheer amount of stupid involved in it.
But ok. Whatever.


FYI there's a little fade to black sex scene in this one. But by god, those poor kids deserve a little nookie after all they've been through!


I still enjoyed not
C.G. Drews
[read 2 | May 2020]
I am just aching a little that my reread of this trilogy is over, because oh was exactly what I needed. These books are so FUN with such a dark undercurrent that pushes you towards these actually intense questions...and you realise you're considering questions about amorality and loyalty and if anything is every truly black vs white, and also seeing the parallels to how being different is always always used as an excuse to oppress and be violent towards certain people groups.
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
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Lo Bookfrantic
Loved this last book so hard. I was fully invested in this fantasy world of trickery and mobs. The story went full circle on this last book and loved every moment of it. Definitely recommend to any young adult lovers.
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.
Laurie  |  LOHF
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
Birth to grave, we know it'll be us one day. Our tragedy is that we forget it might be someone else first.

This book. Honestly, this damn book.
I read a lot. Some books I like, some books I don't, and some books I really like, but this isn't even one of those. This book, along with the rest of the trilogy, is the kind of book that stays with you even after you've finished it, the kind you keep thinking about and you can't quite shake off, as if it somehow crawled under your skin and you can't
Gemma ♕ Bookish Gems
Actual rating 3.5 but I didn't like it enough to round to a 4...

This was definitely the best in the series for me but it still wasn't amazing. I thought it was ok and I liked a lot of the big moments and the end resolution.

There's just something about this series that feels like it's not quite living up to the potential of the story, if that makes sense. There's this great plot idea but the execution is just not working for me.

Such a shame because I normally love Holly Black but this one just
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes urban fantasy
Recommended to Ian by: Stacia (the 2010 club)
Shelves: g-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
Vi Vi
May 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts: The Beginning

How do I even begin with this review? Alright. I have to chill or else my words would not make any sense to you guys. 3,2,1… Go.

Let us begin with this review by commenting on this beautiful trilogy’s covers. I, personally, enjoyed the cover changes to this trilogy although others might not agree because the original covers have a mysterious and secretive vibe to it that many of them thought that it was fantastic as the trilogy itself was baffling. I relished on thes
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

That’s family for you. Can’t live with them, can’t murder them.
Cassel Sharpe comes from a family steeped in magic who've collectively turned to a life of crime.

After all, if all magic is illegal... what else is there to do?

After spending most of his life thinking that he was talentless, Cassel learns that he can transform anything into something else - one of the rarest powers.

Just knowing that he has that power is enough to make his life incredibly dangerous.

So out of the goodness
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
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
'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.'

This was so so good! I had no idea how Cassel was going to get out of
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,
Lauren Stoolfire
The Feds are willing to forgive Cassel's past crimes if he'll leave his family behind and go straight - and work for them, of course. They want him to get rid of a powerful man who is spiraling out of control. What separates the bad guys from the good guys if they want him to use his ability to hurt people. Now all of that puts Cassel on the wrong side of the law from Lila, the girl he loves, the daughter of a mob boss who can probably never love him back anyway given their history. That alone w ...more
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
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So unbelievably good. My new favorite trilogy.
Lucie V.
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
You're a liar Cassel Sharpe. A lying liar who lies.

✅ Magic / Powers
✅ Betrayal / Lies
✅ Characters and relationships
✅ Intrigue / Investigation
🆗✅ Pace

That's family for you. Can't live with them, can't murder them.

I think these quotes sum up Black Heart perfectly. The story picks up a few weeks after the end of Red Glove and Cassel has to balance his school life, his work with the feds, and the problems in his relationship with Lila. He can't seem to trust his own brothe
White Cat and Red Glove seemed to fit really well together, and be tightly-knit stories. I didn't feel quite the same way about this third excursion. It did wrap up storylines into a decent trilogy, but it had a looser feel to it, and somewhat, to my mind, anticlimactically. Ah, well. ...more
Sabrina Ye
DNF at 34%

I'm done with this book.Not that it's really bad or something,I guess this book(and the trilogy)just not for me,and I've lost my patience and interest to them.Probably will finish this book some other day,but I highly doubt that.(*sigh*)

Amelia Oswald
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
It was okay. There is a plot that has nothing to do with main plot which is distracting
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That awkward 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 f
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Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award and the Lodestar Award, and the recipient of the Mythopoeic Award, a Nebula, and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and adapted for film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house ...more

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