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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Audio Review: Black Heart by Holly Black

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Audio Review: Black Heart by Holly BlackBlack Heart by Holly Black
Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Series: Curse Workers,
Also in this series: White Cat, Red Glove
Published by Listening Library on 10 April 2012
Genres: Friendship, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Paranormal, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult
Length: 6 hours 33 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: White Cat, Red Glove

Place(s) Traveled To: Princeton, New Jersey // New York, New York // Paterson, New York

First Line(s): My brother Barron sits next to me, sucking the last dregs of milk tea slush noisily through a wide yellow straw.

Black Heart by Holly Black is the third, and final, book in the Curse Workers series and I have to say that I am really sad that there are no more books. I have really enjoyed my time in Cassel Sharpe’s world of con men and thieves. I’ve enjoyed Cassel’s sharp sense of humor and his gift of not just getting into trouble but in getting out of it as well. In Black Heart the stakes are higher and there are times when things looks bleak for our hero but the intensity of it just keeps you on the edge of your seat.

As with the previous books, I listened to Black Heart in my car and I can’t imagine any other narrator than Jesse Eisenberg for Cassel Sharpe. He is just so perfect in this role that I am unsure on if I will be able to listen to Eisenberg’s voice and not think of Cassel Sharpe. Its hard to say much about Eisenberg’s narration that I haven’t already said before as this is the third book in a series. He’s firm and consistent in all of his voices and part of why I am sad that this book is over is that it is also the end of Eisenberg as Cassel Sharpe.

Black Heart is a really good end to a series. All the main story ARCs are wrapped up and the ending is a complete one. Not just that but its also a hopeful ending and leaves open the potential for more books. I would love to see more stories involving Cassel, Lila, Sam, and the rest of this crazy cast of characters. I just love how flawed and real they all are. When you read (or in my case listen to) this story it is so easy to forget that they are characters in a book.  The story telling and world building is just so vivid that everything comes to life before your eyes.

The Curse Workers series has something in it for everyone. There is romance and mystery and magic and mayhem. Its a gripping story and once you start it you will be glad that all the books have been published. I can’t even imagine how horrible the wait would have been if I had read these as they were published. That is one perk in coming to late to the party. This is a series that I can’t recommend highly enough and if you are a lover of audiobooks then you need to try this series in this format.

irishdarkblue

four-stars
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Audio Review: Red Glove by Holly Black

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Audio Review: Red Glove by Holly BlackRed Glove by Holly Black
Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Series: Curse Workers, Book 2
Also in this series: White Cat, Black Heart
Published by Listening Library on 12 April 2011
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: White Cat, Black Heart

Place(s) Traveled To: Atlantic City, New Jersey // Princeton, New Jersey // New York, New York // Newark, New Jersey

First Line(s): I don’t know whether it’s day or night when the girl gets up to leave.

Cassel Sharpe isn’t the most likable of characters, he cheats, he lies, he’ll say and do whatever it takes in order to get what he needs. And yet there is something charming and charismatic about him that makes you want to believe even though Cassel Sharpe is the definition of the unreliable narrator. He can’t help it, he was raised by a family of con artists and to lie was to survive. Red Glove by Holly Black is the second book of her Curse Workers series and so this story only builds upon all the things that we learning in White Cat. The stakes are higher and the cons more daring and Cassel is more on the fence than ever on deciding which side to play for.

In Red Glove, Cassel has to deal with the FBI as well as Zaracharov both who know his power and both who think that he knows something about who killed his brother Phillip. For me, Red Glove was bigger and more engrossing than White Cat was. And the best thing is that you already know these characters so there isn’t much background that needs to be given and they can just continue to grow and solidify with each turn of the page. I loved this book more than the first and it made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion when in the car.

Jesse Eisenberg is THE perfect voice for this story and he just nails all the characters with just the right tone. Eisenberg is Cassel Sharpe and I can’t imagine anyone else voicing this story. He is just so perfect for these books that I don’t know if I can listen to him narrate other stories. If nothing else, I’ll need to put some distance between the next Jesse Eisenberg narration and this series.

If you like a good crime drama, things with spies and intrigue, humor and mystery, and even a little bit of romance then you will want to try out Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. These books have a little of everything for everyone and as with White Cat I do wish that I’d given them a try earlier. The only good thing about waiting is that all three books in the series were out by the time I started and so there was no waiting to learn what happens next. So if you haven’t looked into this series yet then you are really missing out. Black is a master at her craft and I think everyone should read this series.

irishdarkblue

four-stars
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Audio Review: White Cat by Holly Black

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Audio Review: White Cat by Holly BlackWhite Cat by Holly Black
Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Series: Curse Workers,
Also in this series: Red Glove, Black Heart
Published by Listening Library on 11 May 2010
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 6 hours 41 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: Red Glove, Black Heart

Place(s): Traveled To: Princeton, New Jersey // Trenton, New Jersey // Atlantic City, New Jersey // Carney, New Jersey

First Line(s): I wake up barefoot, standing on cold slate tiles. Looking dizzily down. I suck in a breath of icy air.

White Cat by Holly Black is a book that two of my friends had been bullying me to read. These were the same friends who bullied me to read Sarah Rees Brennan’s Demon’s Lexicon series (which is super fabulous and you should read it if you haven’t.) As time can be short I downloaded the audio and I have to say that I fell in love with Jesse Eisenberg’s narration. He is the perfect voice for Cassel Sharpe and with bringing the prose of Black’s words to life. Black has a real gift with language and telling a story and when you read the written word sometimes that beauty can be lost. But when you listen to a story you are forced to slow down and pay attention and White Cat is worth taking that time on.

With the first novel in a series, especially an urban fantasy, there is a lot of world building and background to be given out. Black does a good job in weaving in the history of the world and with the magic of being a curse worker without bogging down the story. Much of White Cat is in dealing with a basic mystery, just what did Cassel do three years prior and why are his nightmares so different than his waking memories. As Cassel investigates, using the various skills he’s learned growing up from his con artist family he uncovers a nest of secrets and lies and what he uncovers isn’t what he expects.

White Cat starts off a little slow but by the end of the story you are on the end of your seat. Cassel’s struggles with his desire to be normal when his family is anything but will resonate with many readers as we all struggle with something. The magic of this world, the curses that some people are affected with are fascinating. As is the stigma that goes along with them. Its a world that the reader can clearly see existing and its easy to see how it came about. How those with curses are almost shunned and so they have little choice but to work for mob families.

Cassel’s narration of the story is filled with much wit and sarcasm but its also filled with intelligence. Cassel is a force to be reckoned with especially as he’s often underestimated by those around him as he’s the only one in a family of curse workers without a curse of his own. Its fun to watch as Cassel manipulates those around him into doing what he wants. Although he does have a bad habit of not knowing when not to lie and manipulate. Cassel with lie to anyone and its hard for him to trust people, even those that he calls a friend. He’s grown up in a family of liars so it can be hard for him to know the boundaries so White Cat is not just a mystery its also Cassel’s personal journey of learning to trust people are him.

White Cat was a fabulous read and I when I finished it I immediately downloaded the audios for Red Glove and Black Heart. The Curse Workers series is one of intrigue and was a fascinating audio to listen to. I love this world and all of its characters all of who are flawed in one way or another. I enjoyed Black’s story and writing and this is a book that I know I’ll be recommending to others. I’m glad that I was bullied into reading it. So if you haven’t started this series yet, what are you waiting for?

irishdarkblue

four-stars
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