Review: Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Review
Review: Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
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Rating:
Pages: 400
Source: Purchased
Series: Assassin's Heart #1
Published by: HarperTeen
Pubilcation Date: February 2nd 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

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.

Assasin's Heart Sarah Ahiers Review

If you read the synopsis of this book and hoped that this book might live up to the assassin Celaena Sardothien, think again. I was really looking forward to this, and it could have been great but it had so many downfalls. I’ve decided to list them out into 4 points, and use Cersei GIFs to convey my sass. Shall we?

The Premise

Let’s start this off the fact that there are 9 assassin Family’s in the region. NINE. Each family has what, 10-15+ members? WHY DO THERE NEED TO BE SO MANY ASSASSIN’S? Seriously, how many people need to be assassinated on a daily basis? There’s also religion. This whole story was all about religion, and whilst it’s not so bad because they’re not real ones, it’s still just… Ugh. Not my favourite. They assassinate and justify it with their Goddess. Mmkay.

cersei eyeroll gif

Assassin’s are called ‘clippers’, because they clip lives short… Clippers. Riiiight. Could it not have been something more badass? I was imaging nail clippers the entire time. Yuck. Also, there are ghosts that come out at night and can kill you. WHY? It was just so out of place and there was no explanation to it at all.

The Protagonist

Lea, short for Oleander, is our protagonist and quite possibly the worst assassin the world. She doesn’t see anything coming, hardly knows how to defend herself at times, and is like a lost puppy that is too concerned about dresses (what gives?). She got ousted by a rookie and got possessions stolen from her so easily and whined all the freaking time. At one point she wasn’t sure which was worse; the betrayal from her lover or the death of her entire family — ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

cersei eyeroll gif

The Love Interest

Then there’s the love interest. I shit you not, he was described with “a neck that was too long offset a nose that was too large” and “missing his first molar on his right side”. SERIOUSLY? I can’t even understand how the ‘romance’ began, it was all of a sudden just there. I don’t understand it. At all. There was no depth to him or any of the other characters. I’d already started skim reading at this point.

The Plot

The reason all of the drama happened was actually so ridiculous and petty. View Spoiler » I don’t need a lot of reasoning for things, but when something this dramatic happens and the great reveal is some so mediocre… Just… No. The first 100 pages started off alright, but everything went downhill from there.

cersei smile

All in all? I really wanted to love this book because I love assassins, but unfortunately I was disappointed. Perhaps it was just my mood when reading this, but I was expecting much better!

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    Yvonne @ A World Between Folded Pages
    February 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Oh noo! Too bad that you didn’t like it, I know how excited you were for this one! I’m definitely not going to read it then … I mean, the synopsis sounds great but what you wrote in your review sounds so different. And totally stupid. *sigh* Still a great review though! Hopefully you’ll like your next read more! ♥

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      You’re not missing out on anything hehe, glad you liked the review regardless! xD ♥

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    Maisha
    February 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Ugh, I DNFed this one. I was really excited about this book, too! But I read it and it was such a disappointment. And omg, yes! I just didn’t like the romance. Les, alone, was okay, but honestly, I couldn’t care less about Les and Lea together. YES, I totally agree about the clippers! I couldn’t really take them seriously since they were called “clippers”…

    Lovely review, Anissa!

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 13, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      This one really was tragic – I’m so glad we agree! Thank you!

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    Dani @ Dani Reviews Things
    February 16, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Nope, can’t handle overly religious books, even if they are made up! And how am I supposed to swoon over a guy like that, especially when the girl is all vapid??? Nope nope nope, thank you for sparing me from this.

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 13, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      Lol, as you know you are not missing out on anything here xD <3

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    Krystianna
    February 16, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I’m sorry to see that you didn’t like this one much! I’ve been seeing some pretty positive reviews, so I may still give it a chance. I’ll probably just try to lower my expectations a bit.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 13, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      It’s a shame! Yes, go in with an open mind hehe. I at least hope you’ll enjoy it a bit more than I did! 🙂

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    Alex @ Fiery Reads
    February 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    I’m so sad that our buddy read turned out bad for the both of us 🙁 I gave it 1.5 stars too! Also, I totally approve of the use of Cersei Lannister gifs to maximize the sass in this post *applauds* I really can’t understand how there is going to be a sequel since it wrapped up so “nicely,” but either way, I’m not going to check it out.

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 14, 2016 at 12:31 am

      I knowwww, this was such a shame indeed! 🙁 LOL, thought you might like the Cersei gifs. xD I’m definitely not going going to pick it up eitehr!

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    Alecia
    February 17, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Ohh noo I was so excited for this book and now I’m not even going to bother! Everything about this book now sounds awful and seriously clippers? CLIPPERS? WTH?! The nine families of assassins did have me wary from the get-go but thought it would be executed well but seeing as it most definitely isn’t is just *shakes head* I can’t… And the protagonist? You just mentioned the opposite of what I like in them. Definitely a miss for me. Great review btw!

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 14, 2016 at 12:31 am

      I know right? Seriously, CLIPPERS?! You’re definitely not missing out on anything. xD Thank you! <3

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    Bec @ Readers in Wonderland
    February 17, 2016 at 1:53 am

    Ugggghhh why must this be so annoying?? It had such potential! This is the fifth negative review I’ve read of this, and everyone has had the same complaints. I think I’ll stay away

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 14, 2016 at 12:32 am

      Le sigh! It is such a shame. It could have been great! 🙁

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    Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
    February 17, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Aww, this read looked so promising! Hate it when certain things in books have no logic to them, like what”s the point?! Great review 🙂

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 14, 2016 at 12:32 am

      I know, it was such a bummer indeed! 🙁 Thank you! <3

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    Denise
    February 17, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Oh gosh, this doesn’t sound good! From the way you’ve described it, this book seems like something I would HATE. The MC sounds ghastly, and calling the assassins clippers… just why?! The romance sounds awful. IT SOUNDED SO GOOD THROUGH THE SYNOPSIS TOO!!!

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one, Anissa! I hope you enjoy your next read more 😀
    Denise | The Bibliolater

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 14, 2016 at 12:33 am

      Haha, “ghastly” – I LOVE IT! 🙂 She definitely was! It was a shame really, this could have been something great.

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    Daniela Ark
    February 17, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    yup I remember that description from GR! you cracked me up! lol
    Lea… [sigh] why are so many books now are about this unrealistic heroines? is like fantasy within fantasy! let’s create a “badass” character that makes no sense at all. ugh

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 14, 2016 at 12:34 am

      Hahaha, I’m so glad you enjoyed the review! 🙂 I took one for the team on this one!

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    Nick
    February 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    LOOL you face in that photo tells me everything I need to about the book! Love it! 🙂
    I was so excited for this one because assassins! But all the reviews I’ve seen from friends have been meh. Clippers for assassins … how clever … not. I already want to punch the main character just reading your review. And this “At one point she wasn’t sure which was worse; the betrayal from her lover or the death of her entire family” UGH. JUST NO.
    And what a terrible description of that love interest. I’m always up for a non-Greek God book boy, but that just makes him sound like some kind of animal.
    I’m sorry this was such a disappointment, but hey, at least your readers got a funny review out of it! 🙂
    Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Reply
      Anissa
      March 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Hahaha, I’m soo glad you enjoyed the review. Sometimes negative reviews are just too much fun to write! 😀 Thanks for your lovely comment, Nick! <3

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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing
    February 17, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I am not reading this. I came across multiple negative reviews but especially after reading your review, I am sure I am never picking this book up! I love stories about assassins but this one does not seem to be my cup of tea…

    • Reply
      Anissa
      February 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm

      Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend it! You’re not missing out on anything with this one xD

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    Brittany
    February 18, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    NAILED IT. Also, bonus points for all those Cersei GIFs! I had the same issues with this book, so sadly I DNFed in. It was just so cheesy and the MC was so not.. assassin-ish? The book was a disappointment but your review is great ^_^

    Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

    • Reply
      Anissa
      February 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      HAHAHA, you did not miss out on anything! Glad you enjoyed it! 😀

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    Omobola
    February 19, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I am so not reading this. While reading the synopsis, I thought maybe it would be good but with this review, Hell No.

    • Reply
      Anissa
      February 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      You’re not missing out on anything, in my opinion! 🙂

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    Jess @ POB!
    March 1, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Woah, this book just got kicked off my TBR… I love the gifs, haha! It really did make me laugh and so did the love interest’s description… like that is TOTALLY not swoon-worthy. Sucks that you purchased it though, it’s horrible when you impulse buy and it doesn’t work out. Hopefully you can sell or donate it and the next person will like it more than you did!

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      Anissa
      March 14, 2016 at 1:11 am

      Haha, I’m glad you enjoyed the review! I don’t know if I can part with it, because even though the content wasn’t great the cover is still pretty gorgeous xDxD Perhaps one day when my shelves are *really* overflowing.

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