White Cat

White Cat

Book rating: 03 Paperback Curse Workers (Quality)

By (author) Holly Black

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 310 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 28mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 8 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416963979
  • ISBN 13: 9781416963974
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 13,896

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Cassel comes from a family of curse workers--people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, all 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 touch, so he's an outsider--the straight kid in a crooked family--as long as you ignore one small detail: He killed his best friend, Lila. Now he is sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat. He also notices that his brothers are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of one huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

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By Moodyno1 25 Jun 2013 3

Favourite Quote = "The easiest lies to tell are the ones you want to be true."

I've been wanting to read this book for ages, and finally got around to it. It was not as good as I expected, but it was still good. I gave this book 3/5 stars and would recommend it to anyone!

The first thing I liked about this novel was the world building, its not dystopian but it has a different government to ours because the 'curse workers' are know infamously around the world as supernatural criminals and laws must be made against them. I liked this different society thing it was very unique and it was the little things I loved the most, like how everyone wears gloves and other little details that are shared throughout the novel.

The plot was fast-paced but I felt most of the time it was very predictable and I guessed most of the twists before they come. That being said, there were still twists that were a little shocking to me but not that many. This is mostly the reason I dropped this book a star. Far too predictable. But the overall plot was good.

The reason I dropped a second star was because of the characters. I only liked two of them, the main character Cassel and his grandfather. I liked Cassel's brother Barron at the beginning then hated him. Hated his other brother Philip, Lila reminded me of Alison from the Pretty Little Liars series a complete bitch, I didn't see the point in Sam, Daneca and Audrey they were just boring and not needed. Sorry that paragraph seems a bit of a rant because it was, I mean who loves books that have mostly horrible characters?

The ending leaves on a shocking twists, one of the few I didn't guess and I will probably read the next book however I believe if the author never put this twist in this book could have been a stand alone, and I think it would be better if it had been.

By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012 4

We are thrown into the world of con games and introduced to the supernatural powers one single touch can have. Black invented many new super powers like influencing luck and manipulating memories to show off in White Cat .
The world of cons and games is very complex, offering various talents to keep the reader entertained . It 's prevailing mood is dark and mysterious.

With "White Cat", Black chose a very interesting title for her novel. The word constellation itself is simple and bland, but readers will really appreciate it in the end. Seeing it in front of the whole story White Cat has a special meaning, it is the best title she could have chosen, because a small white cat is the essence, the mystery and the key to a main secret.

The protagonist Cassel is thoughtful and shy. One would say he is plain, boring, others would state that he has a tormenting secret. Cassel is a murderer... he murdered his best friend, but has no idea how and especially why he should have done this.
Thinking of himself as a murderer, it turns out that Cassel has the most interesting talent in the con world. Murder case Lila could lend Cassel new undreamt of powers or could destroy his life, everything and everyone he believed in.

The more Cassel questions the murderer of his best friend Lila, the more the story picks up speed. I liked his character and the mystery always circling around him. The plot line I was most interested in was the relationship between Cassel and ,his best friend and victim, Lila. This main relationship is replenished with various small plot lines and interactions of Cassel's and Lila's family members. I fell in love with Cassel, but got sometimes even annoyed about his family and their long-winded subplots.

Chapter by chapter, Black reveals more details about Cassel's secret, the murder of Lila, family backgrounds and intrigues. She applies a very highbrow style of writing to create a wonderful and thrilling start to the complex Curse Workers series. Holly Black is a witty and talented author, she left me screaming in the end, when I realised that I became the victim of a con myself!

THE VERDICT

White Cat is a gloomy story about a family that isn't really what she pretends to be, and a boy that has to find out who he really is, seamed with hatred, intrigues and crime. Go get White Cat and let the masterly con begin!

By eleniaggeliki 03 Jul 2011 4

I didn't expect something more than a light, quick summer reader when I picked up this book. One of the many that cropped up after the "magic" frenzy that has taken the world lately. However, the characters are well written and the plot is full of twists and turns. It's like a personal narration as the whole book is written in the first person and that succeeds in stirring up strong emotions.
The main character, Cassel, is tragic yet promising and he develops greatly over time. I particularly liked the parts where he insisted on telling himself that he's not a good guy.
A fun read. I look forward to reading The Red Glove.

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* "Fans of the author will revel in the sophisticated and slightly-more-realistic-than-usual approach, . . . fascinating and carefully developed characters, and lush setting descriptions." - "BCCB," starred review