Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (February 2011)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Available on: Amazon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Description on GoodReads:
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.Review:
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 was a little hesitant about reading this book. Holly Black's writing is not for everyone. Her character are not the sugar and spice type of characters. White Cat is not the exception. Cassel, her main character, has to deal with a dark past, a troubled family and a dangerous future.
I enjoyed reading a book from a male's perspective. I am not sure how accurately she got it since I am not a male but it sounded convincing enough to me. I also liked that there are no vampires or were-wolfs. It was great reading about curse workers and the magical alternate world Black created.
Overall, I think this was a good start to the Curse Workers series. I liked that it had a good ending and didn't leave me with more questions than answers, like some series do. Yet, she still ended White Cat with enough questions to leave the reader waiting for the next installment.
We will just have to wait and see what new problems await Cassel.
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