(Curse Workers #1)
Author: Holly Black
Publication Date: May 4th 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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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. Goodreads.com
White Cat is a captivating mixture of curse workers and conmen. I read this book in just a few hours time. It was a quick, suspenseful read that kept my attention throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading this book.
Cassel is an outsider in his family full of curse workers. Relying heavily on his ability as a conman, he makes his own place in the world. He does what he had to do to get by. He has issues big time. He believes that he killed his best friend, which really messes with his mind. I like that he was not the perfect hero, but was flawed, just like the rest of us. I liked that the story was written from his POV. I don’t get to read many books where a guy is the main character, and it was really interesting.
I liked the other characters as well. Sam, Daneca, and Grandpa were well written as well. I didn’t care for the brothers or the mom, but I’m looking forward to reading more about them in the next book. I’m on the fence about Lila. I wanted to like her, but I didn’t want to as well.
The world Holly Black created was fascinating. The setting, characters and 'curse' were really cool to read about. There was a lot going on in the book, and sometimes it got confusing. But it all came together at the end. Now I just have to read book #2, Red Glove, to see what’s going to happen next!
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