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Reveiw: WHITE CAT by Holly Black

Posted by on February 3, 2011
White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) 
Holly Black
320 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: May 4th, 2010
Source: ARC from Library
Rating:  LOVED

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.

If you love books that are full of suspense and danger, White Cat by Holly Black will not disappoint. How many books do you know of that start with a sleepwalking boy named Cassel Sharpe?

Everything was unique. The fact that Holly Black took the normal world and added ‘workers’ to it made it even more awesome.

Everyone wears gloves. Because you never know who’s a worker and who isn’t. Workers can ‘work’ you by placing their bare hand on your unprotected skin. They can change your emotions, bring you good or bad luck, change your memories, and some of them can even kill you. The rarest of all workers, is a transformation worker, one who has the capability to transform a living person into stone.

But Cassel is the odd one. Both his parents are workers, and from his two brothers, he’s the only one who isn’t a worker. But still, things are weird. There’s this cat, who appears in his dreams and sounds just like his best friend, who’s dead. Who he killed. And his brothers are acting weird. And the fact that he doesn’t remember anything…

Something’s up. And Cassel Sharpe may not be a worker, but he is a clever seventeen-year-old.

I loved everything about this book, especially Cassel. I liked being able to see how his clever mind came up with all these cons, and the way he had to ‘outsmart the conmen’. Overall, White Cat was awesome, in an awesome way.

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  1. Yay!! I'm SO glad you liked this book. Remember the part where he is going to use the charms he bought? ACK!! It grossed me out but I loved it.

  2. I have seen this book around but I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it or not. From your review it seems really interesting. I love books that are full of suspense and danger.
    It looks like I will have to add this one to my pile. Thanks for another great review.

  3. Oh this book sounds great I've been debating on if I want to read it or not but I'm thinking I'm going to buy this soon. I love suspense and danger and this sounds like a page turner, thanks for the great review!

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