White Cat [Curse Workers #1]
by Holly Black
Format: Hardback / paperback / ebook
Nr of Pages: 32
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...
Rating: 3,75 Stars
I had been meaning to read something by Holly Black for quite some time now. My sister Gabriella read the Spiderwick Chronicles when she was younger and couldn’t stop saying that they were her favourite books. But as always life gets in the way, other books that you really want to read get to your TBR pile and I ended up looking at Spiderwick Chronicles thinking “do I really *really* want to start a five book saga?”.
When I first started reading White Cat I didn’t knew that it was part of a trilogy. I was wrongly convinced that like Doll Bones this was a stand alone novel so when I brought it home from the Charity Shop and sited down reading it all happy I really didn’t knew where I was getting myself into.
The Curse Workers is an elegant constructed work in which mob and magic go side by side. I enjoyed all the little details that Holly Black weaved into her story, e.g.
has almost 1% of curse workers because that’s where they ship them,
and how the mobs were created. This is also a book about cons and I have to
admit that I have a soft spot for con books/movies (*Leverage theme plays in
the back*), and Australia Cassel learned how to con from one of the best, an emotion worker, his
Although you know he is a murder I think it’s easy to like
Cassel, he is seventeen when
the story starts and he is in a very fancy school were he studies and acts as
the bookie for the rich kids. We get to follow his routine until the mysterious
white cat appears and our stories starts to unfold. Cassel’s story is also a story
about family, making friends and trusting your instincts.
Holly Black writing is both modern and simples, and you catch yourself turning page after page. Also she can manage to make you scared if needed and invested in her characters. Recently Holly Black associated herself with Cassandra Clara to write Magisterum a new saga that will hit the shelves in about a month or so.
I have become a fan of Holly Black’s writing, and got myself a new YA author to stalk, also I am now waiting impatiently for the library to have the second volume of this saga Red Glove delivered to the nearest branch so I can keep reading