White Cat by Holly Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I borrowed White Cat from the library after I saw it on a blog somewhere. I am always leery of reading books that have raving over the top 5 star reviews, but I decided to give it a chance. I picked it up to start reading before bed one night. 3 hours later I was on page 266. The only reason I stopped reading was because I really needed sleep.
Needless to say, this was a very engrossing read. Holly Black managed to create an intriguing alternate world of mobsters and curse workers. I liked that there were no long passages explaining the rules and what not of the curse workers world. Instead we learn everything through the thoughts, actions, and dialog of the main protagonist, Cassel.
I really enjoyed most everything about this book. It has an exciting plot and memorable characters. The action and mystery move the story forward. White Cat is full of twists and turns. It's enough to keep the pages turning. I kept reading so I could learn more about the main character, Cassel, and his family of Curse Workers. Between his own family and the mob, it was really difficult to tell who were the good guys and who was just using Cassell for their own benefit (and why).
I ended up loving Cassell. He faced quite a few huge realizations during White Cat, and he ended up coming out on top in the end. I liked that he stayed true to himself and his beliefs, even after several disturbing family secrets were revealed. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
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