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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Heart of Glass by Sasha Gould

Heart of Glass by Sasha Gould. A Sequel to Cross My Heart.

Heart of Glass by Sasha Gould

Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 2013
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385741521

Review: In a society of liars, who do you trust? In Heart of Glass, Sasha Gould conjures a painting of 16th century Venice, through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl, named Laura de Scolla. The sequel to the popular Cross my Heart, this book has gotten worldwide attention.

Two months ago, Laura finds that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned. Knowing that her sister wouldn't do such a thing, Laura joins the Segreta, a society of women who trade secrets for protection, and solves her sister's murder. Now, in Heart of Glass, everything is on track and rolling smoothly, where she is engaged to the Doge's son, Roberto. But, when disaster is least expected, Laura finds Roberto, standing next to a dead girl. The Ottomans visit, and Prince Halim is on the prow of their ships. The Ottoman prince declares the dead girl his sister, and chaos erupts. Now, Laura de Scolla is trapped between two struggles: to liberate Venice, or liberate her soon-to-be husband. She is in a deadfall conspiracy, encompassing nearly everyone she knows.

The book is perfect. Sasha blends a perfect potion of fast-paced action, light comedy, and suspense. Heart of Glass targets teenagers of both genders. For boys, it is the fantastic suspense, and for the girls, the romance and the character of Laura, along with the fantastic adventurers, are captivating. This is the type of book that I generally don't read, but it took me by surprise. The action, the mystery, and the suspense were all factors to how marvelous the plot was. The mood of the story knots together with the action and suspense in an entangled but perfect manner. Generally, fantasy books are my target, but in this special case, Heart of Glass seems to be above my standards. Even if this isn't the type of book you'd typically read, give it a chance. You'll see it's well worth it!

Review written by Vincent (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of Heart of Glass for this review.

Have you read Heart of Glass? How would you rate it?

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