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White Cat (The Curse Workers) Paperback – February 8, 2011
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This was one of the best YA fantasy reads I've read in a while. I love the world that Black has created in this first installment of the series. Cassel is a great character whom the reader is going to love. Plus, his conniving family has enough interpersonal problems to keep things interesting as he tries to get to the bottom of the appearance of a mysterious white cat. The ending was a nice twist that left the reader pleasantly hanging for the second installment--while most of the questions have been answered, we know there's still more to the story! I'm looking forward to Book 2, and I hope we get to read more about Cassel and his family in the next one.
But now a white cat is haunting his dreams and dodging his steps, and Cassel is waking up to the fact that someone in his life is working both con and curses on HIM...
"The White Cat" is -- in the loosest sense of the word -- inspired by the fairytale of Puss In Boots. That's one of my favorites, but I can't say the appeal crosses over. Black's effort is ultimately an entertaining ride. I have a demanding system for my rankings, so don't let the three stars fool you: this is a fun book. But it's not a particularly smart one.
The first few pages are pretty fabu. But then, as many reviews here have mentioned, the book hits a slog. This is understandable -- an entirely new magic system and history of the world takes time to explain.
The slog lasts one hundred pages. I don't mean nothing in there has any bearing on the rest of the book, but it honestly takes another hundred pages (I marked the passage) before we get an idea of where the plot is headed, that frisson of "ooo, something is happening!Read more ›
Now the good, and there's more of that! There were a lot of twists and turns in the story I didn't see coming, some intricate and some delightful and some a measure of both. I got fond of Cassel Sharpe over the course of his story, because sure, he's a con man and if we met in real life he'd see me as some kind of mark, but he has a soul to go with his brain. Morality's a complicated issue in the Sharpe family--it makes all kinds of things rather interesting, from simple doctor's appointments to crimes in progress, death, and love.
In Cassel's version of Earth a few members of humanity have always been able to work magic on others, changing their luck, or their dreams, or their memories. It's been illegal for years, but why would that stop the magical Mafia? Everyone wears gloves to protect themselves from 'the touch.' One bare hand touching another is shocking, taboo. When you try and eat Tater Tots, the grease gets all over the leather. Small things like this made the setting more complex than just 'our world, except there's magic, but everything else is the same!' Cassel's reality is a lot like ours, but the devil is in the details....
I want the next book to be out *now* so I can find out what happens next, and that's maybe the best recommendation a series book can have. It's been awhile since I've jonesed so for a sequel, so I'll round four-and-a-half stars up to five and hope Holly Black's a fast writer.
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White Cat is a bit predictable at times but for a teen novel, its much more than the typical vampire/werewolf/mage/fey love story you usually find. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books
Very clever concept of creating a world of people with, the aptly called, curse work ability, some of whom end up working for mob families. Read morePublished 3 months ago by nicole w brown
Great book. Not predictable. Good surprises, interesting characters and choices.Published 4 months ago by A. Coleman
You know what was weird? Really, really, REALLY weird? The fact that I finished this book March 20th, 2015 and I went to rate it on goodreads only to find that Angelina finished... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fable's Library
I read anything and everything that Holly Black writes and I'm never disappointed. The worlds she creates for her characters to inhabit never cease to amaze me and the twists and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cindy W.
A book my grandson loves. I got it to read and then discuss with him. I didn't much like it, but he, the 12 year old that he is, loved it.Published 6 months ago by V. Reyna
Just one touch... White Cat is a fantastic work of urban fantasy reminiscent of the thought provoking science fiction novels of masters such as Philip K. Dick. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. J. Stevens