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In a society of liars, who do you trust?It is 1585 in Venice, and three months have passed since Laura della Scala solved her sister's murder after joining the Segreta, a powerful society of women who trade protection for secrets. Now Laura is engaged to her true love, Roberto, and she has never been happier. But the night Laura is sent on her first important mission for tIn a society of liars, who do you trust?It is 1585 in Venice, and three months have passed since Laura della Scala solved her sister's murder after joining the Segreta, a powerful society of women who trade protection for secrets. Now Laura is engaged to her true love, Roberto, and she has never been happier. But the night Laura is sent on her first important mission for the Segreta, Roberto is found with the body of a dead woman in his room. Halim, an irresistibly handsome Turkish prince on a diplomatic visit to the city, identifies the woman as his sister and insists that Roberto be executed for her murder, or the Ottoman Empire will attack Venice. Laura is desperate to save both her city and her fiancé. But as the evidence against Roberto builds and Laura finds herself increasingly drawn to Halim, she begins to wonder whether everything Roberto told her was a lie. What Laura discovers is a conspiracy that involves nearly everyone she knows....

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ISBN : 12231929
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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heart of glass Reviews

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    2019-02-06 15:38

    There are, to my mind, two basic kinds of historical fiction: those that endeavor to be historically accurate and those that really don't, merely using the lavish historical backdrop to entertain. Personally, I like both kinds. The only time the latter's not good is when it has pretensions to being history as well as historical fiction, and teaches readers a bunch of incorrect information. Heart of Glass falls into the latter camp, and, from what I can tell, the political maneuverings of the novel have no bearing on reality. However, it's also a fun, engaging story and written to uphold the power of women, so I really don't mind that I'm not learning Venetian history from its pages.Sasha Gould built this series around an awesome historically inaccurate idea she had:Venice run behind the scenes by a secret society of women. While there may not be a historical basis for this, I am all kinds of behind this kind of alternative history endeavor. All throughout history, there have been women behind the scenes affecting the course of history through their husbands, but, here, Gould is bringing them together and making them a more independent force.These women endeavor to keep rocky Venetian politics more stable and less affected by the changes in power. They aim to be more fair and to help Venice, rather than an individual's political aims. I love that the Segreta are shown as powerful in many ways: physically skilled with weaponry, clever, and influential. Laura herself is a perfect example of this, determined, caring and strong. I like that's actually intelligent and puts thought into her actions, not always reacting solely with emotion.However, much as I love this uplifting of women, I did think that Laura was a bit too powerful. She's engaged to the Doge's son, so she is very high in society, but I still doubt that the male councillors would ask her opinion on things. Certainly they would not with a bunch of other men in the room. The amount that even men respect her at her tender age seems rather out of place.The only other drawback for me was the villains. Much of the mystery is very obvious and the villains have no real motivations other than grasping for power or unclear revenge. I prefer there to be a bit more depth to a villain. They ought to be somewhat understandable at least, if not relatable. Heart of Glass could have been more nuanced and had a better impact were that the case.Heart of Glass is engaging from beginning to end, and I never found myself bored or my attention wandering. It's a very quick read, and those who enjoyed Cross My Heart will certainly want to read this one as well. The ending left room for another book, and I suspect I'll be reading that one too!

  • Tammie
    2019-01-18 13:56

    While I liked this sequel to Cross My Heart ok, it was very predictable. It was obvious to me who the traitor to the Segreta was and what people were behind other things too. I also thought it unbelievable that Laura would be blamed and hated by people for things someone else was accused of. I found it hard to believe that the people would have turned on Roberto the way they did and side with a Turk, considering the hate that a lot of people in the city harbored for him and his people, and (view spoiler)[ especially considering he bursts into the palace angry and ends up killing Nicolo. Even if it was an accident where was the anger over that? Why was he not escorted out by armed guards? Why was he allowed to walk freely around the city after that?(hide spoiler)] And why was Laura so taken in by him? Wouldn't she have been angry with him for the way he spoke about Roberto (view spoiler)[ and for what happened with Nicolo?(hide spoiler)] The only reason that I could see was that he had a sister who died, and she could relate to that. Not a good enough reason. There are a couple of villains who escape at the end of this book, so there is an opening for a third book in the series. However, it could also end with this one, just like it could have ended after the first book, and that would be just fine with me. I've enjoyed these books but at this point I'm not really dying to read more.

  • Natalie
    2019-02-15 16:44

    A solid, if slightly predictable, historical fiction novel. Gould does a fine job of capturing the atmosphere of Renaissance Venice and keeping the plot moving at a fast pace. I enjoyed it, but probably won't remember much about it in a few months.

  • Lovey Dovey Books
    2019-02-10 17:44

    In her debut novel, Cross My Heart, Sasha Gould painted 16th century Venice through the eyes of young heroine Laura della Scala. Though a beautiful city, the nights of Venice hold a society of women known as the Segreta whose collection of secrets gives them power beyond measure. This highly anticipated sequel, Heart of Glass, delves deeper into the darker side of Venetian society, shockingly revealing conspiracies and treachery. In a city that wears deceit as a second skin, Laura must learn who can be trusted.Read my full review on WovenMyst - YA Magazine

  • Kelsey
    2019-01-25 18:00

    Very enjoyable, with some twists and turns I didn't expect, and some that I did. :) I got a little annoyed with the "oh, my love!" lines, but overall a great second book.

  • Mara
    2019-01-19 15:34

    Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I love, love, love the pretty black-and-gold fan, but there's a huge leering character impersonator staring at me!! Ahhh!!!! I preferred it when she wore a mask.Characters: Laura continues to be a wonderfully unannoying protagonist. She's capable and takes action when no one else will - all without having The Attitude. Heck, when she's taken captive at one point, she blows up an entire ship! How awesome is that? She doesn't sit back and let stuff happen all around her. When people she loves are threatened, she jumps in and tries to stop it. Roberto (Giacomo) was sadly not in Heart of Glass much, and I did miss him. it was nice to finally meet Laura's brother Lysander and his wife Emilia, though. I neither disliked nor became attached to Lysander, but I did really like Emilia. She was quiet and sweet, but definitely had her own opinions. However, I did not like Halim from the beginning. He was too familiar with Laura, and there was just something about him that wasn't right. In the end, I was thoroughly satisfied with his character, but I can't say why without giving away a major spoiler.The Romance: The synopsis threatens a love triangle with the arrival of handsome Halim. I was dreading this throughout the whole book. Laura is sensible, and I liked her and Roberto's relationship. I didn't want her to suddenly turn into a nonsensical female simply because she meets another guy who happens to have intriguing eyes and a bright smile. Let me reassure like-minded Readers: the love triangle is practically nil. Laura comments a few times on Halim's attractiveness, but she remains steadfast to Roberto, and then something happens that completely obliterates any possibility of a love triangle. So have no fears! Laura is saved, and she and Roberto have no unpleasant fights.Plot: Laura is soon to be married to Roberto, the Doge's eldest son. Her brother has come home for a visit, with his charming wife Emilia. Her work with the Segreta has been satisfying, and things are overall looking up. But then Roberto is discovered in his apartments with the body of a dead woman, blood drenching his hands. He's arrested, and only Laura believes in his innocence. When the woman is identified by the Turkish prince Halim as his sister, it sends the diplomatic negotations the Doge has entered into over the edge, and soon Venice is threatened with war. Meanwhile, it's discovered that the Segreta may have a traitor in their midst, and Laura has concerns that her old enemy Carina may in fact not have died, as she once thought. Intrigue is rampant in the streets of Venice, and Laura is running out of time to save her fiance, the Segreta, and her beloved city. The plot of Heart of Glass was better than Cross My Heart, if only because it had fewer nigglies. Revelations that promised foreshadowing actually ended up playing an important role, and character motivations were made clear. Like with Cross My Heart, there's a lot of twists and turns going on, and also like Cross My Heart, some of the twists are quite obvious. (view spoiler)[I knew right off that Paulina was the traitor (hide spoiler)] It didn't make them any less good, though, and there are still a number of surprising revelations, along with some surprising deaths. I wasn't really sure if I liked the return of Carina. How many books have ended with the death of a villain, only to discover in the sequel that against impossible odds, the villain actually survived? I think the book could have still been just as good without the inclusion of Carina, but she wasn't an awful addition, so I got over my initial disapproval. Believability: I sadly don't know a great deal about Venetian politics, so I can't say much in that area. But as with Cross My Heart, it feels like the Author has done her research; certainly in the social protocol section. True, Laura goes about the city unescorted several times, but she and other characters express concern over how this will appear to other people, and they decide that given the circumstances, it's a necessary risk. The one thing that bothered me was the use of horse-drawn coaches within Venice. As far as I know, Venice never had these. I could be mistaken, and please let me know if I am, but it struck me as being incorrect.Writing Style: Sadly, it is still in present tense, and it doesn't suit Heart of Glass any better than it did Cross My Heart. However, the Author has abandoned a lot of her superfluous details, and she once more managed to create a mysteriously enchanting Venice. I fell in love with it.Content: None.Conclusion: While the climax is certainly exciting, I also felt that it really didn't need to be so dramatic. I loved all of the conspirators - as soon as one was exposed, another popped up, until there hardly seemed to be anyone Laura could trust. In some ways it was overwhelming, but it also worked. What felt like "too much" was Laura being abducted. It really wasn't necessary to have such an extravagant ending; I felt that the Author probably could have still had satsifying commuppence for the villains without going through a big sea battle. That said, a part of me also kind of enjoyed it. Laura once more got to show off her resourceful and determined nature, and the villain's death was very satisfying indeed. And he didn't make the grievous error of monologuing! Yay! The book ends with the promise of a sequel, and quite honestly I'm not sure how I feel about the two villains she chose to spare returning. It's getting a little perilously close to cliche, but maybe it will be all right. Heart of Glass really surprised me. With the possibility of a love triangle, I thought it was going to be a huge disappointment, but it wasn't. Laura proved her mettle to me once again, and I look forward to seeing her continue to be a good protagoinst.Recommended Audience: Girl-read, fourteen-and-up, great for historical fiction and mystery fans.

  • Hilary
    2019-01-18 14:53

    Nope. See-saws all over character development but in a simple way. Laura is rather an unintelligent character to me who always does her own thing and happens to be in the right place at the right time and somehow ends up totally all right in the end. And the end was too detailed in its effort to tie it all up in a triumphant way. As with the prequel, this book didn't live up to its potential to me. And would have been better without the aspects of romance I think.

  • Ella
    2019-01-20 13:34

    Well, that was pointless.

  • Amy Lignor
    2019-02-09 17:39

    For everyone who read the incredible story, Cross My Heart, this is the sequel that, if possible, is even better than the first.Here we begin with Roberto - the Doge’s son - honing his battle skills with the love of his life, Laura della Scala. Laura is the young lady who solved the murder of her sister three months ago by joining up with the secret society of ‘masked’ females who call themselves the Segreta. These are women who help one and all, by trading their massive skills and huge network of resources for secrets. One day, when Laura heads out to choose her wedding dress, she runs across a young woman whose face is adorned with the proof that she’s being beaten by her husband. Laura tells her to come to a very specific spot where the Segreta will meet that night, in order to see justice done. However, when the woman arrives, the secret she trades is one of war - a secret that the Segreta will use in a very interesting way.Soon the night comes where Laura goes out on her first ‘special mission,’ sent by the head of the Segreta. Unfortunately, the mission is a bust, but what’s worse is when Laura returns to the city and finds a murdered woman in Roberto’s home.Dealing with the pain of watching her beloved go through agony over a crime he did not commit, Laura must also deal with her father - who is still far more interested in money than he is in his children. Although Laura enjoys the company of her brother, the wife he has chosen is not up to snuff in her father’s eyes, and he constantly complains about her. However, when Roberto is accused of murder, her father does receive a glint in his eye, when Prince Halim and the Turks arrive in Venice on a strictly diplomatic trip. The city goes into an uproar over the visit, but the Prince is extremely interested in Laura, and wants to vie to win her hand from the Doge’s son who has literally been pushed off his glamorous throne. When it is revealed that the dead woman was actually Prince Halim’s sister, the Prince tells all of Venice that the Ottoman Empire will strike if Roberto is not put to death immediately.The adventure begins as Laura and her masked Segreta women try their best to unearth the secrets and lies that have been put in place, racing against the clock in order to save both Roberto and their beautiful city.As was said in the beginning, it is always a thrill when ‘Book II’ is even better than the first. This author has done a magnificent job continuing the tale of Roberto and Laura, and readers will not be able to put this down!Until Next Time, Everybody,Amy

  • Holly
    2019-01-31 17:52

    So much better than the first! And I liked the first.Heart of Glass features a much more kickbutt heroine than we saw in Cross My Heart. No more frightened, unsure Laura, but a woman who is rocking the Segreta and making Venice a better place. When fellow Segreta members vote not to act on certain matters, Laura takes it into her own hand and does what needs to be done. When dearest Roberto gets framed for murder, Laura has to act alone to put evidence together to prove him innocent, ignoring the tiny voice of doubt painted in her mind by all the propaganda. When even Roberto gives up, it's Laura that saves his flippin' butt.You know, I almost didn't read this one. In the blurb, it talks about Laura leaving Roberto behind for some new suave Turkish prince, and I was like, "Heck no! Are you kidding me? After all that in Cross My Heart, Gould is just going to make him some cheating murderer, and land Laura with some new guy? Why would I want to read that?"Well, I did anyway. You know, curiosity.And I'm so glad I did! Much, much better than the blurb led me to expect.The question now is, is it over? There is one loose end, but everything else sorted out, and it FELT like it was ending... but what about that last loose end? That last threat?I must investigate.

  • Lauren - SERIESous Books
    2019-01-28 13:50

    This book was by far better than Cross my Heart. When I read Cross my Heart I felt like something was lacking in the story--I liked it an everything, but it was just missing that umph that would make it a 5 star book. This book, Heart of Glass had it all.Overall, I'd say this book took the first one up a level. I really like the character we have in Laura now. She has really grown from the naïve convent girl in book 1 and has become a strong, intelligent and independent woman. More-so in this book than the last book I see the connection between her and Roberto.I really liked the plot of this book. I was constantly guessing and re-evaluating my theories as I read. It wasn't totally predictable which was great!I'm not sure if there will be a third book, but if there is, it is going to have a tough act to follow with this one!Check out more book and series reviews (including this one!) on my blogSERIESous Book Reviews as well as book recaps!

  • Theodosia of the Fathomless Hall
    2019-02-15 16:55

    Here we are in Venizia again...Thank goodness, Laura actually is not as genre-blind as I first imagined(so you, reader, are saved from believing that - although she does, really, tell Halim she is not seeing anyone and you know how that turns out - ), and shows herself to be tough as nails. In that regard, though, I have a qualm(not only for her killing people without much remorse, also the realistic aspect of that). Is it possible that a young woman, newly out of a conservative convent, would defend herself and in the process kill a person and thenafter just. . . get over it?-_-Not likely. Once again Venice is interesting, the cover is much, much better than the first(fine, I did borrow it from the library on account of the jacket art), and it is suspenseful, dramatic, and(85%) interesting.N.B: I almost gave it up mid-way on account of the seemingly-charming Halim caring less about Laura once the romantic aspect is gone, however as it's revealed that he's not all that - ....

  • Finnessa
    2019-02-03 18:43

    This was a nice continuation of the series. But there were some plot holes that should have been cleared up. For example the author never said how Aysim's maid got in Roberto's apartment. And was he drugged like Laura so he didn't know what happened? And what's up with Aysim saying Halim sought the counsel of Carina and then saying a few pages later that he doesn't trust women? And this is a little nit picky, but how come Aysim knows French fluently but not very much Italian? She said her mother was from Italy so you'd think that she would have learned Italian. But I still enjoyed the book as a light read. One more thing, how did Carina and Vincenzo get passed all the guards guarding the city? I would have made a giant reward for their capture that no one could have refused bringing them in. I think that's all.

  • Wendy Moulton
    2019-02-11 16:44

    What would you do if your fiance was accused of murder? Heart of Glass is the Vinetian sequal to Cross My Heart http://tinyurl.com/ljq5pr5 and continues the story of aristocratic Laura and her involvement in secrets and conspiracies of the Segreta. "It is 1585 in Venice, and three months have passed since Laura della Scala solved her sister's murder after joining the Segreta, a powerful society of women who trade protection for secrets."Laura is a powerful character who has to decide to fight for what she believes is true despite all the evidence or give up and take the handsome prince behind door number two. The book is beautifully painted in historic Venice with clothing, politics, romance, and action at the forefront. Can we all be as bold and daring for love as Laura?If you like this series try Fiona Paul's Venom http://tinyurl.com/kgz8fro

  • Brianna
    2019-02-02 15:38

    First I will mention that Heart of Glass gets your attention much faster than Cross my Heart. Reading Cross my Heart I almost lost interest before it picked up the pace. In Heart of Glass Laura is fighting not only to prevent war with the Turks and to find traitors, but to save Roberto's life. Roberto has been false accused of murder and faces execution. Heart of Glass is well written, detailed, and has some history mixed in. This book is very serious though, and as wonderful as I found it, I do think the author could have thrown in a little humor here or there. An offhand comment, a funny sight, something. This is a great book for young adults who have an interest in Venice, mystery, and secret societies.

  • Journey
    2019-02-13 18:04

    so good!! the women in this series are so wonderful -- compassionate and kind (Laura, Emilia) but also smart and dangerous (also Laura, the Segreta). in this book we really get to see the Segreta in action, including a scene where they humiliate and threaten a wife-beating soldier. excellent. these are women who go to any lengths for the truth and justice and protecting their society... including being willing to die for it. and Laura BLOWS UP A SHIP YEAH!I was kinda wary of (view spoiler)[a Turkish prince being the bad gay (hide spoiler)] BUT he's not the only one, and it's not out of place given the time period.so yes, more please.

  • star_fire13
    2019-01-23 17:55

    Even though I was able to guess at everything and see all the plot points coming a million miles away, this was still a fairly enjoyable read.I don't really like the idea of Laura being married to Roberto, but meh. At least now her father won't be all creepy, trying to get her to marry ridiculously old dudes, simply because they're wealthy. I like the idea of Carina being a long-term villain. I can't believe Laura forgave Paulina! Ugh, that's totally going to come back to bite her. I know it!

  • Lucia
    2019-02-06 14:51

    Rounding up what should be 3.5.I suppose the first book was much better, more actions and intrigues, less romance (or drama). I don't know what made the author lose her original touch of suspense and mystery and all those thrill that came out in the first book, but I still enjoy the historical settings throughout the story.Overall, I would give an 'okay' as a rating, since the story somehow turn to one of the 'love drama' I often stumble in other YA novels.

  • Brenda
    2019-01-16 20:35

    This author delivered a great adventure again. There were less surprises in this book compared to "Cross my heart" because the author used the same writing style. As a reader of this author I was able to figure out a few of the cliff-hangers before their conclusions were revealed. The characters in this book were well developed. The plot was believable. The book is worth the time it takes to read it.

  • Jenni
    2019-02-04 21:45

    Treachery everywhere to behold. Not only did Laura have to overcome obstacles, she had to listen and do the things she was forced to do, but she chose herself to really do the things she was supposed to. Her ability to forgive is very much overpowering on herself, something I wish I sometims had. But stubbornness is never rewarded or unrewarded.

  • Elena-Loredana
    2019-02-02 17:00

    2.5/5This book had such a great potential. It was like the tip of the iceberg of a great story. For a short book, it took a tremendous amount of time to finish it. Surprisingly, I kind of want more of this world. In my opinion, the book lacked fluidity between the great well written scenes. It felt less like a story and more like a collage.

  • Maree
    2019-02-13 19:48

    I enjoyed this one a little more than the first one—it had an interesting plot that kept you guessing. Again, the descriptions slowed down the story a bit. It also had several gaps where it jumped from one place to another without any kind of transition or break, and it was a little confusing for a minute each time it did that, but overall I liked it.

  • Cynia
    2019-01-27 18:58

    Even more tiring than the first book, so many kidnappings. Dragged on, no real story of interest. And it leaves you thinking that Carina will return to hurt Laura again. Did not like Niccolo dying what a waste.

  • Celeste
    2019-02-05 13:43

    I love this character and the depiction of Venice. This is the second book in the series and I have enjoyed both books. Good adventure, mystery and romance. It's also clean enough to recommend to young adults.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-27 17:45

    I really liked this book. It was a worthy sequel. I do feel like she is too easily swayed from her beliefs and confidences sometimes but her impetuousness was an interesting read. I enjoyed that she became more confident and world-wise towards the end of the book. Very good read.

  • Karstyn Stark
    2019-01-19 15:03

    Actual rating: 3.5. I found this book much more interesting than the first, and the quick and twisting plot made it a very quick read. It lacked in some areas, but was an improvement from the first book.

  • Sabrina
    2019-01-28 18:59

    How come I didn't know THIS existed!? O______O

  • Agnes
    2019-01-28 16:52

    loved the book , more twists and suspense , again not everyone survives..

  • Amy
    2019-02-09 21:43

    Some people are so incredibly useless. Heaven forbid we actually think something through, question it, and seek to learn more.

  • KathyD.
    2019-02-13 18:39

    As good as the first book. Looking forward to more of the story.