Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Review: White Cat by Holly Black

Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult (urban fantasy)
Why I read it/how I found it: It was a title I recognized from browsing the web, so when I saw it in the library I picked it up.

Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty—he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago. But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas— and a plan to con the conmen.

Despite the bad that Cassel does, he's such a likeable protagonist. Black portrays him and why he is the way ihe is so perfectly it's impossible not to root for him. Cassel isn't the only rich character. All of them, especially Cassel's family, is interesting and pretty complex people. The plot is full of exciting twists and turns. I'll try to review this part without giving away spoilers, but there is a very main plot point that I couldn't buy. It really disappointed me, because of the way that Cassel's character had been set up, and just how unbelievable it was. In that way, it affected the way that I viewed the rest of the plot since it's central to the entire storyline. But other than that one disappointment, it was a fascinating book to delve into.

Other information: This is a trilogy, with the next book being Red Glove and the third untitled. The Curse Worker website is here and Holly Black's website is here.

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