Monday, May 9, 2011

White Cat by Holly Black

Summary (from 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.

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.

My Review: 
I picked up White Cat a few times to read it and I have no idea why but it took my 3rd try at the book to finally get into it. I'm not sure why it took me so long because it jumps right into the action. *Excuse me as I go kick myself for taking so long*.

I loved Cassel's character! I like reading books from a guys point of view and White Cat doesn't disappoint. My favorite thing about him was the way he talked about the con. I like his matter of fact tone about his family and their mob like style of doing things. Of all of his family his grandfather is my favorite, for being a Death Worker he is a pretty cool guy. Its hard to talk about the characters I didn't like because of spoilers, but the characters where all beautifully written I just didn't like them as "people".  The plot of White Cat is very well written and fast paced. Holly Black keeps the readers on their toes the whole time. I spent most of the book shocked, especially the end. Dearest Holly Black why must you kill me with that ending. WHY?! Overall the whole book was really good. The story was well developed and very very  original. 

The good thing about me taking so long to read White Cat is that Red Glove the second book is already out! If you haven't already I definitely recommend that you read a copy of White Cat also if you haven't already you should read her Fey series(Its awesome!). What to learn more about the awesome Holly Black? Check out her website! There is also a website for the Curse Workers books here, there you can find a excerpt for White Cat.

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  1. Yeah, Cassel's voice was pretty interesting to read from :) Then we had this grandfather - so cool! He was so much smarter than Cassel gave him credit for. I know! I'm dying to read the second one because that ending? NOT FUN. *sigh* Hurry up, library. Thanks for the review! Oh, also for the trailer :) I hadn't seen that before - very cool.

  2. I love Cassel too. I like his arrogance and how it gradually decreases as he learns to accept help from others and realizes that despite what he's done, he's a good person (or at least the reader realizes that)