Friday, March 23, 2012

white cat: the review

White Cat by Holly Black

Cassel Sharpe is a bit of an outcast. Everyone in his family is a Curse Worker, someone whose very touch has power, except for him. Curse work is illegal, making his family criminals, so obviously he can't trust the kids at his school in case word got out about them. And he kind of killed his best friend, Lila.

When Cassel starts having strangely vivid dreams about a white cat, and nearly sleepwalks off his private school's roof as a result, he's suspended and forced to move back into his family's home. He soon realizes that not everything is as it seems - his brothers are keeping something from him, everyone around him seems to be suffering from memory loss, and the white cat from his dreams turns up on his doorstep. In his quest for answers, Cassel will discover a truth that he never could have expected and put everything he knows about con artistry to the test.

Two words – Supernatural Mafia. It’s like Holly Black thought one day ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if The Sopranos had superpowers?’ and decided to write about it. And the answer is yes, this seemingly silly but brilliant concept works so well you won’t be able to put the book down.

White Cat is the first book of the Curse Workers trilogy, and the second book, Red Glove, is just as awesome, possibly even more so. I'm super psyched to read the final book, Black Heart, which is soon to be released!

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