Dark Heart of Magic (Black Blade #2) by Jennifer Estep
This is a young adult urban fantasy novel (Rated PG-13)
(Three and a Half Dark Hearts)
Something Wicked This Way Comes...
As a thief, I stick to the shadows as much as possible. But when the head of the Sinclair Family picks me to compete in the Tournament of Blades, there's no escaping the spotlight—or the danger.
Even though he's my competition, Devon Sinclair thinks I have the best shot at winning what's supposed to be a friendly contest. But when the competitors start having mysterious "accidents," it looks like someone will do anything to win—no matter who they hurt.
As if I didn't have enough to worry about, mobster Victor Draconi is plotting against Devon and the rest of my friends, and someone's going around Cloudburst Falls murdering monsters. One thing's for sure. Sometimes, humans can be more monstrous than anything else...
What to say? This story isn’t smarter than a fifth grader. This is YA, but I think the only group of readers who might have been surprised by the outcome of the story would have been middle grade readers.
The who done it was so obvious from the first. There wasn’t much mystery or surprise. And I was aggravated with Lila for not finding out sooner. The signs were all there. Clearly, Lila is more brawn than brain. And all the clueless people around her.
Then you add the frustrating romance and I wanted to claw my eyes out. I get that she’s young, but she pretends to be smart. And her reasons for not doing what’s she wants to do don’t make sense. I won’t rehash my rant from the review in the first book.
The bit of a twist wasn’t a shock either. Granted I assumed the bonds between were paternal, but I knew that the bond existed. I’ll leave it at that and not say whether I was right or wrong.
Overall, thank goodness for the ending or I wouldn’t read the rest of the series.
Brittany Pressley does a great job at narration. She nails the spirit of all the characters.
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