White Cat Review
by Holly Black
Curse Workers #1
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.
I adored this book. I had it for quite awhile before I finally got around to reading it and I wish I'd done it a lot sooner. It's morbid and awesome and clever and original and I loved it so much. The voice is amazing. The characters are excellent. The mystery gave me the creeps. The part with the animal shelter was seriously brilliant.
I do wish I hadn't read this one for the read-a-thon. I think it would've been better absorbed gradually over a few days rather than devoured in a reading frenzy.
The ending with Cassel's mother made me want to throw the book against a wall. I haven't decided if it was in a good way (I didn't even realize there was a good way to throw a book against a wall until White Cat) or a bad way.
Also, this seriously made me want to watch White Collar. I think Neal Caffrey and Cassel would get along quite well.
Overall: 10/10 Beautiful writing, great story. I want the next book in the series RIGHT NOW.