Thursday, July 8, 2010

Recent Read: White Cat (Curse Workers, #1) by @hollyblack

Book: White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1) by Holly Black
Book Count: 30

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. 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.

I couldn’t put this book down. Holly Black sucks you in from the first page and just keeps you going through the end of the story. Between the amazing world-building that at one point made me stop and wonder if this stuff maybe is really going on in the shady parts of Jersey, and the raw emotion Cassel feels about his family, questioning his trust in them and where his loyalties should lie. Fantastical stuff here, kids!

Can’t wait for Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2)

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