Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: White Cat by Holly Black

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.

My Take:
While I was reading I had made tone of guesses but never guessed the ending, Holly was able to capture me with the first sentence and of course with a push and a shove and so many other signs, I was able to finish this baby on my way home from Vegas. Cassel has a hard life because he is in the shadow of his brothers who are workers. The story so far is brilliant because it captures not only the audience with the words illegal but it grabs the reader (aka me) to want to continue, yes it took awhile for it to be in my hands but I finished.
Knowing from the start what he did prior to the story's beginning its actually amazing how bluntly he is able to anyone what he did to his best friend even. As time went on and with each page I turned I knew something was up and of course the title is the biggest hint of all, half way through I thought one thing would happen to Cassel but it never did just something worse. 

I hope you get a copy of this one because it was a pleasure reading it and so much fun guessing who and what was happening in the story. Contemplating either reading the second one now or after I get it on Tuesday. I'll leave that up to you guys.
5/5 Stars 

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