Tuesday, March 23, 2010
REVIEW OF THE WHITE CAT BY HOLLY BLACK
In the Book White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)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.
In the beginning of the book, I was a little confused and I was unsure of what a Curse Worker actually was. There was magic, criminals and many different characters. There were times that I was bored but I kept on reading. I read the ARC and there may be some changes when the final copy is published. I had difficulty connecting to the characters in the book. I am not saying that the book was horrible, but it was not for me. The ending was predictable, and I am not sure if I will read the next book in the series.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher for my honest review and I was not compensated for my review.
Posted by Eileen Burmester at 9:41 AM