Book Review: White Cat by: Holly Black

White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1)Pages: 320 pages

Received: Publisher for Review

Genre: Young Adult

Book Blurb: 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.

Book Review: I think this book is a excellent and unique concept. I like that the main character is a guy, I have only read a few books that are YA and the main character is a guy. I also liked the whole concept of balance in the workers' magic, that when they work there is always a fall back to what they do. It's true of everyday life so I really liked that the author had that in there. I enjoyed learning about the different types of workers, and how their who class system runs down, Holly Black definitely had it all planned out and planned well. I can't wait to see what she has in store for the next book.

For more information or for purchasing visit Holly Black's webpage.

Discussion Questions:
1. Blacks characters pay a price for being powerful curse workers and
experience a phenomenon called "blowback" whenever they worked someone. If you had a superpower but knew by using it you would experience a crippling side effect would you still use it?

Depends on what I needed to use it for I guess. Saving someone or the world sure...stupid stuff, nope.

2. Family plays an important role in White Cat (Curse Workers) -- who did you like the most or the least in Cassel's family and why ??

I think I like Cassel the most, he seems the most normal even though he might be the least.

3. What did you think about the entire world that Holly Black built? The gloves, the curses? Can you imagine a world like this where an uncovered hand could be a dangerous weapon?

I could. Heck, it was inappropriate for females to walk around with out gloves about 100 years ago. If there were magic, I could see this.

4. With family like this who needs enemies right? Is blood thicker than water? Or in this case should Cassel think about getting a name change and moving far far away from his familial bonds?

I would move and get the heck away from all of them. Start over.

5. Do think this book is a good set up for a sequel? If so, make your predictions.

I do but it has been so long since I read it, I don't think I can make any.


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  1. Great review, Monica! I've seen this book around a lot lately but haven't really read anything about it. Now I have and it sounds like a book I might enjoy. It is time to head over to Goodreads and add it to my wishlist :)

  2. This is the first review I've read about this book and it was a great one :)

  3. This one looks wonderful. I can't wait to read it

  4. I enjoyed this one as well. Good review.


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