Cassel Sharpe wants to be a good person, but it’s hard to see what good is when you’re in love with a mob queen and you’re not so sure who the “good guys” are. The greatest choice of his life is ahead in the final chapter of the Curse Workers series.
I was really looking forward to reading Black Heart. While the Curse Workers series didn’t blow me away, it is really well written and I found myself really appreciating the setting and even the characters although the plot twists didn’t do much for me. I thought the final instalment of the Curse Workers series was again well-written. The voice of the protagonist is clear and I love how things are phrased. It’s a straight-forward prose with a sharp edge that you can cut yourself on if you’re not careful.
There was one line that stuck with me after reading, and while I’m not generally one to collect quotes, I want to share this one with you:
“But now I wonder–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 only choice.“
This quote really spoke to me because I feel I am generally known as the girl that makes the “good choice” or the “right choice.” But I don’t always feel like a good person, and not only because sometimes I’ll make the wrong choice. What this quote says to me is that it’s okay. There’s no such thing as perfect. We’re all just kind of stumbling along through life trying to make the right choice as often as possible.
One aspect of the book that really bothered me was the treatment of sex. As far as sex in why is concerned, I don’t think it’s something that should be used lightly. Yes, teenagers and even children have sex. Yes, sex is natural, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a light topic or should ever be treated lightly in something that children or other youths will read. I think that when sex is included in YA it shouldn’t be portrayed as a “next step” in a relationship because that is not all relationships are. And I think it sends the wrong sort of message to children and teens.
Books with similar aspects
White Cat by Holly Black
Red Glove by Holly Black
recommended to fans of interesting voices and mobsters
not recommended to those looking for a series to blow your mind
Don’t just take my word for it!
“My final conclusions on the curse workers series is that it is most definitely worth reading.” Emily @ The Book Geek