Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah AhiersAssassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Series: Assassin's Heart #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 2nd February 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: two-stars

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.

Well, I’m more than a little disappointed. Assassin’s Heart has an interesting sounding premise. A girl who comes from a family of assassins, who feels little remorse for killing people? Awesome. I was intrigued as soon as I heard about it. Unfortunately, the book let me down.

First thing’s first, I have to talk about the writing style. Assassin’s Heart is a debut book, and in my opinion, you can definitely tell. It doesn’t seem as though the author has found her voice yet. There is nothing standout about the writing, in fact I thought it was too juvenile and bland for my tastes. It was not captivating in the slightest, which is a shame, because I think better writing could have made all the difference.

I quite like the main character, Lea. She was interesting to read about, having been born into a family of assassins and then betrayed by those she loved, and then set on a journey of revenge. I really liked and appreciated how Lea wanted to avenge her family, because if I was in her shoes I would have wanted the same thing. No regrets, no guilt, and no conscience.

There was a love story that I didn’t really care for. There was no chemistry there, and while I liked both of the characters involved, I just couldn’t get on board. It was boring and I didn’t care for it.

While it had the potential to be a great story, Assassin’s Heart is full of overdone tropes that are let down by the bland writing style. Seriously, every time another trope came to light I was thinking that it HAD to be the last one, but nope. Things just kept popping up and I was rolling my eyes by the halfway point. It was all just so very meh.

Plus, a bunch of ghosts showed up at one point and I was kind of like WTF. I wasn’t expecting paranormal in my fantasy novel, and this was very paranormal.

I wish Assassin’s Heart had been better, I really do. If it had lived up to its premise, it could have been a great book. But unfortunately it was a giant letdown.

6 comments on “Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

  1. Bec @ Readers in Wonderland 07/02/2016 8:02 am

    This is the third or fourth review I’ve read saying it was a flop 🙁 Which sucks because I’m always up for a good fantasy with Assassins. It sucks the romance wasn’t great either because from the summary it sounds like it has a pretty big part to play :/

    • Amber 10/02/2016 7:12 pm

      I was so disappointed in everything ;___; Assassin’s need to become less of a trend, and more of a thing that people get right no matter what. Have you read The Way of Shadows? I’m planning on binging that series soon.

      • Bec @ Readers in Wonderland 10/02/2016 10:33 pm

        I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and want to read it eventually! Hopefully you’ll enjoy it more than this one.

  2. Hannah 07/02/2016 8:24 pm

    Yup, I pretty much agree with your entire review. Tropes galore, world building that didn’t make sense, and a fairly incompetent assassin. I’ve been let down with so many of the hyped YA fantasies for the year!

    • Amber 10/02/2016 7:13 pm

      Legittttt. I read Burning Glass recently and was super let down by that too. I need to find the gems! I guess with so many fantasy releases, some of them are going to flop.

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