The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly BlackThe Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
Series: Magisterium #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 9th September 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come ...

┬áThis book was the opposite of a good time, I’m (kind of) sorry to say. I’ve had a mostly unhappy relationship with Cassie Clare’s books post City of Glass but Holly Black’s stuff was fun as well as pretty clever. So when I saw this on NetGalley I thought ‘what the hell’ and went ahead and requested it. I have…regrets.

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White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat by Holly BlackWhite Cat by Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers #1
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Indigo
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Rating: four-stars

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.

Okay, so I bought this book on a whim one day; I have vague memories of Amber telling me it was good so I was reasonably sure I’d enjoy it. Plus, criminals! Not everyone knows this about me but um, I love stories about villains. Immoral people, people with broken moral compasses (actually my favourite part of TVD was Damon and Elena constantly being terrible people, it was so great), people who don’t care about crossing lines or just plain ruthless mercenary types. I love ’em all. I am that girl who used to watch all the Mafia documentaries on the History Channel, so, like, an entire YA series about criminals(!!!!) with powers(!!!!!) was obviously something I had to check out. I was so not disappointed, either.

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