Saturday 11 June 2016

Book Review: Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Title: Assassin's Heart
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 22 August 2016
Pages: 431
Format: eBook- PDF
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero who lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to Family is valued above all, but that doesn't stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgment, Lea has fallen in love with him; but she's confident she can anticipate any threat a mile away.

Then she awakens one night to a house full of smoke. Although she narrowly escapes, she isn't able to save her Family as their home is consumed by flames. With horror, she realizes that Val and his Family are the only ones who could be responsible. Devastated over his betrayal and the loss of her clan, there's just one thing on her mind: making the Da Vias pay. The heart of this assassin craves revenge.
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Assassin's Heart is a fun read that kept me hooked from start to finish. The world building is excellent, and Lea is a delightful and believable character. The prose is very readable and I was able to speed through each chapter, reading 200 pages in 90 minutes. I liked the story idea, with overtures of Romeo and Juliet at the start, and I was pleased with the way it ended. This is a refreshing new addition to the YA canon. I would certainly read more from Sarah Ahiers in the future.

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