Series: Curse Workers #1
Release Date: March 1, 2012
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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, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, 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.
Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself 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. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Let me tell you guys, Holly Black can write. White Cat moves at a fantastic speed, twisting and turning with every chapter – it’s like being in a car chase, except you’re sitting in an elegant luxury car being held hostage by the Mafia with your best friend’s body locked in the trunk. I love it so <3 Her prose isn’t dripping in pretentious metaphors but is at turns, simple and lush – you still get that level of detail that makes the world come to life. She’s also very funny, combining wit with inept characters and the kind of satire that just really appeals to me.