Assassin’s Heart ★★★★☆

3.5 stars

I’ve had this book for a pretty long time but once I finally decided to pick it up, I couldn’t put it down. I say a pretty long time but it only came out in May. Whoops. I did kind of forget that I had bought it though and I guess November is the month for wonderful books about murder.

Before I get into the review though I thought I would share some good news with you all because I really appreciate each of you and thought you’d be interested to know. So, I recently applied to CSU and it turns out that I got in! It’s my dream school and I’m so excited to start studying science in University! Now, let’s get back to the review you are all here for!

Goodreads Summary:

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 flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

My review: 

This book was such an interesting read and it was one that I couldn’t stop reading. I actually finished this book in one night while I was sick in bed. I couldn’t fall asleep and by the time I noticed that I was halfway through the book, I decided that I might as well just finish it.

I really liked the main character most of the time. Lea is a young girl who just wants to be loved and I think that the danger of being with the son of her enemy was just an added bonus. She is the around my age and that meant that I ended up relating to her a lot more than someone who was younger than me. I will say that she isn’t the best assassin out there. She messes up multiple times and makes really stupid mistakes for someone who thinks so highly of herself. I mean, yeah she’s young but there’s always room for improvement.

There is a love story in this book and I love it so much. Like I love it to the point where I am debating on reading the next book just because I get to hear more about them. There also isn’t a love triangle in this book which is amazing because there are two guys that she is interested in. Bless authors who don’t use love triangles to rip my heart to pieces.

I didn’t really care for the writing in this book. It came off as a little dull and it lacked emotion. I really hate saying that about a book I actually enjoyed but that’s just how it seemed to me. This ties in with how the middle of the book ended up being slow and it just consisted of Lea talking about how she was going to get revenge. I know she was getting her strength back and all of that, but it was a little too slow for my liking so I might have skim read a little bit. Oops.

This book also has strong religious aspects and I really wasn’t expecting that. It wasn’t terrible but I generally don’t like books with such a present religious aspect. That being said, it wasn’t something that deterred me from reading this book. I actually understood how an area could be so religious because of how they were living their lives.

I’d highly recommend this book and because it ends on a good note, there is no reason to read the additional book. This book does have like one sex scene but it isn’t graphic or anything so I think you’re fine. This book is one that I think people should read, especially if they like books about strong women who do what they need to do.


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