Saturday, June 23, 2012

Review: White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

Paperback: 310 pages
Release date: May 4th, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Goodreads Summary: The first in a trilogy, this gritty, fast-paced fantasy is rife with the unexpected. Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty—he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago. But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen.
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Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, memories, luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. Since curse work is illegal they’re all criminals, but not Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic and feels as an outsider, as long as you ignore one small detail: He killed his best friend, Lila. As Cassel begins to unravel his past and memories he has to outcon the conmen.

This book is utterly amazing! Okay, I know maybe I’m bit exaggerating things here, but really everyone should read the Curse workers series. And yes, I read the series without waiting for another year for the next book to come and that I am grateful for, huh!

I’m quite startled from what this book had turned out to be from what I expected. The characters was incredible, every one has their remarkable persona to work. Cassel’s not the good person to be with to be honest not that he’s untrustworthy, but there are things he’s willing to do that maybe some does not want—especially his family. He’s got the looks, a cunning person, and like has this aura that will have everyone like him—beside him being a con. His brothers, Philip and Barron also make the whole story become one; they can be lethal at times and be caring the next day. Of course there are the ladies who’s also a part of Cassel’s life (Lila and Audrey) but there are times I somehow get lost with the love story that I forgot there is one and sometimes don’t care. Cassel sees a different side of all of these people he has known but never “gotten” that much to know. New friendships are formed. He realizes more people have information regarding his past than he ever think of and Cassel is determined to get to the bottom of everything. He needs to know who he really is. But the clues he pull together sometimes create more questions. 

With all the twists and turns that make me clutch my stomach and want to scream. Holly Black has a knack to write a super exceptionally astounding book that is so go to read. The prose is crisp and often humorous. The story will have you to the edge.


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