Assassin's Heart

Assassin's Heart

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Working as an official assassin in her kingdom's highest-ranking clan, Lea pursues a forbidden relationship with a boy from a rival clan that she believes is responsible for her parents' murders.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062363794
Branch Call Number: FIC Ahier
Characteristics: 420 pages
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lgmosher Mar 16, 2020

"You shut your full mouth before I some my knife down your throat." Les snapped at him.

When we first met Les I rolled my eyes at the list puppy... But at we got to know him more I fell in love with the darkness that slowly shows from him. Instead of a star eyed annoying lover boy he turns into dark handsome "I'll rip your throat out" man and it's quiet lovely.

I thoroughly enjoyed Assassin's heart! She cleaned everything up nicely and I wasn't left wanting for anything.

It was a nice tale of family and priorities. If you're looking for adventure, killing, and just a little bit of romance then this is the book for you.

The only issue I had was that it drags just a bit and the author tends to repeat herself over and over. I understand wanting to keep a point, a goal in the characters (and readers) mind but saying that goal for the 4th time in one chapter is a bit of overkill.

I was surprised when I saw a Book 2 because it was closed up nicely. But since reading the snipped on the back of the second book it's not so much a book 2 for Lea and Les as it is finding out what happens years everything.

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heavenne
Jul 22, 2018

***Spoilers ahead you’ve been warned***

The world building is really well done with different Families pitted against each other and each one wanting to rise up in the ranks to gain more influence and power. There’s elements of fantasy, as it also involves deities and Gods (each city has their own patron deity). Lea has Safraella for example, who happens to be the Goddess of her city and protects her followers from the ghosts that frequent outside during the night. I loved this concept as it kept the world interesting and played a large role in Lea’s character.

Speaking of Lea. I really enjoyed her as a character. She’s fiercely loyal, headstrong, and her skills are on point. She’s a survivor and once she sets her goals, she does it. Despite all she goes through, she continues to keep going. I love her devotion to Safraella. It may seem fanatical to some but it’s what kept her advancing into her plot for revenge. (Also, she wouldn’t have the drive to go find Les and Marcello)

Although I rather liked Lea and Val together but well he just had to go ahead and do that thing didn’t he but well, Family before family right? Les and Lea were all right. Not the ideal chemistry that I thought she had with Val, but it’s still sweet nevertheless. I can’t say I enjoyed reading the romance in the book though. It felt awkward and out of the place (do we really have time for this when revenge is priority??) and I didn’t care too much for reading about that. I preferred the plotting and surprises that were in store for Lea with the Da Vias.

Aside from the awkward moments of romance, the plot itself was great. It’s got good amounts of action and drama to keep the reading going, and the excellent world building really helps in this case. I especially liked the encounter with Lea and the Goddess Safraella herself. The last third part of the book closed nicely (bwahaha! Revenge was sweet!!!!)

I’m looking forward to the second book, I’d like to know what happens next considering what Lea chose to do.

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pyn3
Feb 22, 2017

I am a large reader, i go to the library three to four times a week checking out three to four books at once. Some books I enjoy more than the first..or third. Assassin heart is a mafia type book, Family before family. Anyways, the plot, setting everything about this book makes me happy. You have a cold blooded killer, trained from birth to be a legal assassin and throw in a forbidden love it’s an amazing work. The suspense if Lea (Protagonist) and Val (Antagonist) will rekindle the love they had before she was utterly betrayed by her forbidden love. Each moment is filled with suspense and puts you on the edge.

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tink05
Mar 04, 2016

This was a good read. Tons of moments of despair and betrayal making you wonder just how far Lea will go. I give it a slightly lower rating just cuz the ending was lackluster and didn't compare with the rest of the book.

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Sep 16, 2017

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