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13 June 2011

Book Review: White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)White Cat by 
Publisher: McElderry
Pages: 310,Paperback
Young Adult 
Date Published: 
February 8th 2011
Source: Bought
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Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. 
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen. 
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
     I'm a little late to reading this one. I have no idea what I was waiting for. White Cat was a great book that kept me hooked to the very end. The book centers around 'curse workers', people who can change your luck,emotions, and memories with just a touch. The idea of curse workers is exciting but also a scary thought. It gives new meaning to the words "Don't touch me."
     The main character is Cassel, he is a normal teenager  from a family of curse workers. Cassel is an outsider because he is not  a curse worker. So after waking up on the top of his dorm building he is sent home but finds a way back into school to get away from his family. Also Cassel has to live with the thought that he killed his best friend Lila. He never really knew how it happened but he will soon find out. Cassel goes through many shocking and action packed things. But ultimately in the end Cassel finds his inner con artist.
     Holly Blacks writing style is good. The voice of Cassel is a strong one and makes a great main character. Also each of the voices is different. The writing kept you hooked to the very end. Holly was descriptive but not overly descriptive. She gives you enough to see the story  but not so much detail that the story drags on which is good. All in all it made for a good book.
    Overall I loved White Cat. It had little to no dragging points. I loved the different aspects of the story. I also love how White Cat is unpredictable. It keeps you on the end of your seat till the very end and makes you want to rush to the store for Red Glove. The book is packed with action with just a sprinkle of romance. (Yes I just said sprinkle of romance.) I would recommend this to someone looking  for a fast paced and unique read.

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1 comment:

  1. I read this one about the same time as you. I really enjoyed it, it was probably one of the better books I've read this year. Cassel was such an interesting character, I loved all of his cons. I agree with your sprinkle remark. Usually I like my books with more romance going on, but with this one, it seemed to work the way it was. I really need to get myself a copy of Red Glove soon.