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Young Adult Fiction 1684
White Cat by Holly Black
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
0.0
Writing Style 
 
0.0
Reader reviewed by Trini

Everything is not what is seems in Holly Blacks Curse Worker world
so you better watch your back because the cons are artfully cunning and
the characters are devilishly tricky.

So lets start
with a little summary of the world Holly has created. From what I
understood the curse worker world is just like ours except that some
people are born with special ability to work magic through their hands
and in one specifically mentions case through their feet after his hands
were cut off. It is not only customary to where gloves when out in
public but also completely and absolutely necessary in order to have a
peaceful society. Well as peaceful as possible considering this world is
full of magical beings and con artist who are always looking for a
mark. Since working magic is illegal most or all curse workers are
connected to one of the six mobster style families one way are another.
The six family names are Nonomura , Goldbloom, Volpe, Rice, Brennan (I
think this is an inside joke between Sara Rees Brennan and Holly since
in Saras book The Demons Lexicon one of her character is named Black
Arthur. I could be reading too much into and it could all be a
coincidence but it was fun to think about) , and the family that Cassel
is connected to the Zachorov.

In the Curse Worker
world , from what I can recall there are about seven kind of workers.
The luck worker (one who can bring good luck), death worker (can kill
with one touch) , body worker (do physical harm to a person with very
little effort) , memory worker (can change, erase or add memories),
dream worker (can enter and control your dreams), emotion worker (can
make you feel specific emotions) and the most unique, transformation
worker (one who can transform any object to another).

Cassel
Sharpe is the main character and the book is written in his POV. He was
the only person with any kind of sympathy, guilt, or remorse in his
family and Im really glad I got to see this world through is eyes. He
is the youngest of three brothers and has always felt like an outsider
since she is the only one in the family who doesnt have any magic
ability. Philip is the oldest but certainly not the slyest of the
brothers. He is in a dysfunctional marriage to Maura and they have a
young son together. It seems like he truly tries to keep his family safe
and together after their fathers death but when you are in the mob
there is no real way to keep anyone safe. He is Anton's (Zachorovs
nephew) best friend and is considered an asset to the Zachorov family
because he is a physical worker. Barron is the middle brother and is
closest to Cassel. He also works for the Zachorov family and is a luck
worker. Shandra is Cassels mother and she is a emotional worker. She is
in jail for seducing a wealthy man and making him feel as if he was in
love with her. Philip is Cassel's dad. We don't find out much about him
other that he's either dead or disappeared. I have a suspicion we will
see him in the up coming books. Grandpa Desi is a death worker and he
too works for the Zachorov family. Cassel ends up living with him for a
little while after he gets kicked out of school. Lila (Lillian) is
Cassels best friend and love interest. She is also the daughter and
heir to the Zachorov family. She is a worker but Im not going to tell
what kind. You will have to find that out all on your own.

What
I liked about the book is that is always has you guessing. Its never
boring, well written and pretty easy to follow. I found the curse worker
world fascinating with tons of possibility. The Con as a way of means
to an end is a very interesting concept that. One that I myself do not
have the brains for and hope that I have never fell victim to.

What
I didnt like about the book is how short it was. I didnt want it to
end and I was left with so many question. The fact that Cassel doesnt
get his revenge in this book really sucked. I'm really hoping those who
did him wrong will get their dues in the next books. And the biggest
disappointment was that there was not enough romance. Yes, there were
two beautiful women in Cassels life but one seemed confused and distant
and the other indecisive and cruel. I wish he had someone to help him
through this time in his life. I know this book is not meant to be a
romance novel but I was still hoping for a little more luvin in the poor
guys life.

Overall White Cat was an addicting and
intriguing ride and the Curse Worker world is unique and mesmerizing. A
world that I cant wait to read more of.

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