Assassin’s Heart / Assassin’s Heart #1

Rating within series: N/A

Individual rating: 4.3/5

Series rating: N/A

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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.


“I’m a clipper, a disciple of Safraella,” I said to my reflection. “Murder is always the answer.”

It took a minute for me to fully appreciate the entirety of this book, but the more I’m digesting what I read, the more I realized how much I enjoyed it. It has aspects of Romeo and Juliet and religion in it that is heady, but it takes twists and turns I never could have predicted. I want to point out – as I probably have before – that I absolutely hate love triangles, books with more than one option to choose from, and the like. I want a clear cut love interest, and although that is not what was in this book, the decision was very easy for me to make.

Lea is a warrior, through and through. Her entire family is murdered and she uses that to give her strength to defeat the ones who caused her anguish. Along the way, she meets Les, who I love. I thought their characters were riveting, and I loved their relationship. I, personally, didn’t feel a connection to their chemistry, but I don’t doubt it was there and it was just something with me. Val is an ass, of course, and he has no redeeming qualities, I felt, so it made the decision of who I wanted Lea to be with very easy for me.

I thought the predicaments and problems in the book were interesting, the world was unique, and there were different levels of depth to the story. I liked the added factor of a difficult uncle, angry ghosts, and a lawman who is after her. I would normally think that having that many obstacles would be TOO much, but I felt that everything was touched on just enough that it wasn’t pointless, and that it was left alone enough for the story to be cohesive and not cluttered.

For me, this is a book I would recommend to anyone who likes fictional stories of vengeance, revenge, fighting, and a light romance. I will recommend this to my friends who ask for a good recommendation, and I’m excited to read the next in the series. After reading the excerpt, I’m finding that the next in the series is about someone related but different than Lea, which I usually don’t like in a series, but I will have to see.


Other Information:

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 2nd, 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult, Standalone

Author: Sarah Ahiers

Synopsis: Goodreads

Price: $7.99 Kindle

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