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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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 reason all of the drama happened was actually so ridiculous and petty. View Spoiler »AND MOSTLY RELIGIOUS. « Hide 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.
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!
|Overall:||1.5 / 5|