After the shocking ending of White Cat, the novel begins with Cassel and his mother on the road, running a variety of scams on the innocent commoners of Atlantic City. Although Cassel's heart isn't in it, avoiding Lila is the only way he can think of to make the love curse fade away. Too bad he can't run forever. Cassel is shaken when he returns to school to find that Lila has enrolled there, claiming that she couldn't stay away. But just when you think things couldn't get any worse, the Feds blackmail him, threatening to out him unless he helps them catch his brother's murderer. If word gets out that he's on their side, his life could be at serious risk.
I felt that the characters were much more developed than they were in the previous book, mainly because the introductions were over and we could really focus on the relationships. In turn, we also know where to stand with certain characters and are constantly on the edges of our seat, trying to figure out their ulterior motives! I greatly enjoyed watching Cassel explore his abilities and family history. Coming to grips to who he really is, gone is the lost boy who's searching for his identity! He's quite a sweetheart when you take away his moping ;)
Utterly heartbreaking is how I'd describe Lila and Cassel's dilemma. Cassel's feelings are genuine but are Lila's? Of course we want to think that she loved him even before his mother decided to meddle…but who knows? Assume nothing when Holly Black's in the picture! These two have their fair share of romantic moments in Red Glove, so we can only hope for the curse to lift. Little do we expect the twist at the end.
There is no way you won't want to know what happens next. Once again, we're stranded with an epic cliffhanger and Black Heart is sure to be a stunning finale.
Did you enjoy the second book more than the first, like I did? Are you excited for Black Heart? :)
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