Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Review: White Cat
White Cat is the first book in the Curse Workers series by Holly Black and a Young Adult Novel.
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.
White Cat is a YA book with teeth. :)
Cassel has always thought he was the odd man out in his family of curse workers - having no power of his own he often feels left out when the topic of curse working pops up. So he has tried to make a life of his own by attending a prestigious boarding school and having a 'normal' life.
His plans take a turn for the worse when he wakes up on top of the roof and can't remember how or why he is on said roof.
And the dreams of a white cat are disturbing to say the least. The cat wants him to do something - but he has no idea what he is supposed to do - or why the cat seems oddly familiar.
White Cat tells a tale of magic users, the mob like family that employs them and the traitors who want more than they are entitled to have - and the lengths they will go to in order to attain their goals.
I enjoyed White Cat and give it 3 out of 5 stars.