Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat 

Author: Holly Black
Release: May 4th 2010
Genre: Crime, Urban Fantasy, YA
#1 in the Curse Worker trilogy
Sequels: Red Glove (#2), Black Heart (#3)


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 criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, 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. Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself 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. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.


White Cat started out on a nice, intriguing premise. The book began with our male protagonist, Cassel Sharpe, standing on a rooftop, not knowing how he got there.
Things start to get really weird and confusing right around there. At first, I didn't get what was going on and I was like "Huh what" but. But. It was so interesting that I wanted to know what I didn't get and kept turning the pages. Even though there were a few passages that lasted maybe 7 pages that dragged, it was all rounded up by the awesomeness that came after that. This book just gets tangled and more tangled up in itself until even the reader isn't sure anymore what's right or wrong, and what really happened. And then, how it all comes together during the climax ... holy cow. Blew my mind.

 So, world-building and plot, amazing. Characters, mostly awesome. Relationships beautifully crafted, although I am hoping on exploring some more and other sides of some in the next books. My verdict: A very good, very enjoyable read, you can practically smell all the work the author put into outlining this so every thread comes beautifully together in the end. I hope the sequel doesn't disappoint!

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