Tuesday, 4 May 2010

White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat
Holly Black

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 liked this book. I didn't OMG LOVE IT, but I liked it.

Holly managed to find one of those few, very unique ideas. I found myself intrigued by the Curse Working world and I really hope she goes more into it in the next books.

Cassel was a good character, though I'm not sure what he saw in Lila. His entire family was an enigma and I really hope we get to see his grandpa and his mom more. They must be up to something!

The plot was very different and the writing definitely drew me in. It's also nice that it's kind of a short book so you get through it quickly. That way you don't lose *too* much sleep.

I really enjoyed this book, though it's not my favorite book ever, and I'll be eager to get my hands on the sequel!

--Julie

1 comment:

  1. Eh, I've been hearing a lot of "meh, okay..."s about this book in addition to the idea being unique. Thanks for the great review, and I'll definitely have to think about it more before going out to buy it! Possibly the library...

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