by Holly Black
Series: The Curse Workers #1
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
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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.
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a month. I kept trying to pick it up, but for some reason, I just couldn't get myself to sit down and read it. It probably had something to do with not caring for her Tithe series, or maybe because I just wasn't sure what it was about. But then, one night on Twitter, my Twitter friend Livia (Life after Twilight) told me that I just had to read it and that she absolutely loved it and it was nothing like Tithe. So, finally, I grabbed it and dove into the world that Holly Black created in White Cat.
I have to admit that for the first 90 pages or so, I was pretty bored. I thought it was an interesting idea, but not too much was happening, and I just wasn't that interested. But, since Livia said she loved it, and our tastes are usually pretty much the same, I kept reading. I'm really glad that I did. The last 3/4 of the book were really fascinating! The idea of curse workers is so unique and unlike anything I've ever read. Add in the mystery, suspense, and plot twists and I couldn't put this book down. I loved Cassel and his witty retorts. I loved watching him work through what was happening to him and his family. I loved trying to figure out the mystery before it unfolded in the book! And the ending.....oh my goodness! Completely frustrating, but somehow still satisfying.
If you're looking for a totally unique, mysterious read, check out White Cat....just make sure you keep reading and give it a chance!
OH! And Livia tells me there's a sequel, Red Glove, that's to be released April 5, 2011, which happens to be my birthday if anyone's interested....hint, hint....
You may want to know: There's a moderate amount of language and sexual content, and quite a bit of violence. For more details go to White Cat on Parental Book Reviews.
Holly Black on White Cat