[Review] White Cat by Holly Black

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Pages: 310 (Paperback)


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.

What can I say about this book? White Cat is such an amazing read; I enjoyed it thoroughly since the first sentence. The humors on each pages kept me interested in it for the whole time. You know, there were a lot of interruptions when I read this book, like school tests, homework – okay, you get the point. But, each time I continued reading it, White Cat always dragged me back into its world directly from where I left.

The plot kept me wondering all the time. It’s full of mysteries and the secrets unravel one by one. When I was sure my guesses were right, the story made me doubted them, and then it’s revealed to be the opposite of my guesses. The twists are sometimes unpredictable but in a good way.

Cassel’s voice is clear, funny and interesting. Usually the lead characters are girls and to have a book narrated by a boy is utterly refreshing. I totally understood his feelings – always treated like an underdog when it comes to working stuff and I truly meant what I said.

And the ending! I thought it was great but I didn’t think it would happen at all.

I got confused a bit in the middle of the book but all in all, this thing is a gem. This book has interesting characters, fun writing, creative concept and some humors. For those who haven’t read this, you should check it out now!


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