Review: White Cat by Holly Black

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Finished this yesterday, well no at about one o’clock this morning…I wrote down some thoughts about it then promptly fell asleep J (yeah I just looked at the clock its after midnight so yes! Yesterday!)

Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black

Summary (B& 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 façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade 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 outcon the conmen.

My Review: The very first thing I noticed about White Cat is that it was weird. I’ve never read anything like it. Holly Black has created this world that’s just so different from ours (even though its set in the USA) and so intense, its quite fascinating actually. The second thing I noticed was that it was surprisingly funny! Who knew that organized crime could be so comical? I really wasn’t even sure I liked this book at first but by the end I was dreading final chapters and having to wait for the sequel. There are two major twists in this book, both were very well written. Both twists took the book to higher levels of awesome (man, I hope that sounds right. There’s really no other way to describe it.)!

I would recommend this to anyone who needs a good new read that contains lots of excitement! This is actually a good book for teen boys who always say they can’t ever find a good “guy read”!

***The guy on this cover! *melts* Oh! If only they didn't but the title over his eyes!