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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741521
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now that Laura is a member of the powerful, secret women’s society the Segreta and engaged to her love Roberto, the Doge’s son, all seems to be well in sixteenth-century Venice. Then a Turkish princess is found murdered in Roberto’s apartment. He is arrested, and the Turks threaten to invade if Roberto is not executed for his crime. Laura cannot get help from the Segreta, so it’s up to her to determine how to clear Roberto before it’s too late. Full of intrigue, romance, and adventure, this sequel to Cross My Heart (2012) is relentless in its pace and fully realized in its vivid historical setting. Grades 8-12. --Melissa Moore

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Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013:
"Once again, feisty, fearless, feminist Laura narrates her story in the present tense, giving it a breathless pace, nail-biting excitement and female insight as she sashays along the canals and corridors and through the slums and palaces of Venice, unraveling secrets and breaking hearts. Romance, revenge, treachery and intrigue."

Booklist, March 1, 2013:
"Full of intrigue, romance, and adventure, this sequel to Cross My Heart (2012) is relentless in its pace and fully realized in its vivid historical setting."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) on May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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.
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By Carrie Garrington on March 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a good book for someone who likes a strong female character. The book had action and romance with out the smut that is in so many books.
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thrilling and adventurous with a twist that was not expected.
Heart touching as we have to bid some characters farewell.
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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
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