Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by This Author: Modern Faerie Tales Series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Poison Eaters, All Others Here
Received From: Publisher
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.
To tell you the truth I opened White Cat knowing that there was a good chance I wouldn’t like it. I tried reading Tithe a long time ago and just couldn’t get into it. So, even though I read and really liked The Poison Eaters, I was expecting to not like this book. The story is about Cassel. He comes from a family of workers, curse workers. Some can control your emotions, your good luck, your memories and even your death. Cassel is the only non-worker in his family. After years of being left out of the family loop and believing the worst about himself, some things are going to change. In a big way.
So like I said before, I expected not to like it. I was going to give it 50 pages or so and if I wasn’t into it by then I would read something else. Before I knew it I had read 75 pages and I was so engrossed in Cassel’s story there was no way I was putting it down! The world of the Curse Workers is incredible! It’s so detailed. Holly Black’s world building skills are off the chart!
Cassel’s was such a strong confident character. I really liked him. He had to face some very hard things in this book and he did it with ease. I loved all the cons. The secondary characters were also great. There was very little romance in this one but I have a feeling there might be a little more in the future books.
My mind is definitely made up. I love Holly Black’s books. I’m going to give Tithe another chance one day. And I’m going to be eagerly anticipating the next book in The Curse Workers series. Holly Black’s nitty gritty world of crime families and curses will suck you right in.