Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Review ~ White Cat by Holly Black
TITLE: White Cat
AUTHOR: Holly Black
TYPE: YA fantasy
SERIES: Yes I just found out she has book 2 coming out next year.
1. White Cat
2. Red Glove
REASON FOR READ: I believe Lurv ala Mode mentioned at some point on her blog and I thought it sounded interesting.
SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
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.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories
WOW this book totally caught me off guard. I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. I really enjoyed the twists and turns. And I hate to admitt it but it kept me on the edge of my seating and up late into the night trying to get it all read.
THINGS I LIKED:
- I loved Cassel he was an amazing character. I loved reading about his growth, struggles, and his past. He was wonderful as a character with his flaws, his family, and of course his past. He just made the book worth reading.
- I did enjoy the twists and turns this book took a lot of them actually managed to surprise me which is sometimes hard to do in a YA novel.
- I loved, loved, loved the world building that Ms. Black did. Her rules of curse working and the consequences were awesome and she was very good at sticking with the rules.
THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:- I didn't like Cassel's family I didn't feel they were good for him but then again he wouldn't be a character I was loyal to if it wasn't for his family.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? I would keep it but it was a library book. However, when book 2 comes out I will pick it up.
Would you recommend this book? yes I really do recommend this series on the world building alone and then when you add in Cassel its a MUST read.
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