Author: Holly Black

White Cat by Holly Black: Review

Posted June 14, 2013 by andy in book review / 3 Comments

White Cat by Holly Black: ReviewWhite Cat by Holly Black
Series: The Curse Workers #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on February 8, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Animals, Cats, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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, all by the slightest touch of their hands. Since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider—the straight kid in a crooked family—as long as you ignore one small detail: He killed his best friend, Lila. Now he is sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat. He also notices that his brothers are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of one huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

Cassel Sharpe is slick. His family is slick. Everything they do is slick. He comes from a family of curse workers, modern gangsters with a twist: they work magic. His grandfather can kill with a touch. His brother can make you forget everything you ever cared about. His mother, just by shaking your hand, can make you fall in love. And they’re not the only ones. Lots of people can work curses, but the very act is outlawed. In a family full of professional criminals who work magic, he is the only one without any power. He does, however, have buckets of charm, a rebellious attitude, and the skills he’s had to learn to make up for a lack of magic. He also has a secret. Three years ago, he killed his girlfriend.

With that, I won’t tell you too much more about the plot, because fair warning…it’s fantastic. Cassel makes rebelling and wanting to be normal not cliched at all, which can be old and tired all too often in today’s young adult world. What’s more, he doesn’t whine and complain about it, he merely gets on with the job and tries to make it happen. He fails miserably, but what do you expect. If he succeeded, it would be a boring story. Most of the book is about the details surrounding his girlfriend’s death, and true to form, she is/was just as interesting as he is. And the best news of all? White cat is one book of a trilogy, all three of which are already out! It has fantastic character development, a plot that you won’t see coming, an intriguing magic system that affects the society in our world in almost every aspect, and a deep love story that doesn’t have a love triangle. In short, White Cat is a great book from a great author, and you should go read it RIGHT NOW. Five stars and a high five.