There were so many things I liked about this book. I don’t think I’ll be able to write this review if I don’t just name them separately.
Main character- I have to admit, I have a crush on Cassel from the moment he appeared shirtless and barefoot on that roof. Aside from being good-looking I like him because he seems so real. He doesn’t whine about being the only non-Worker in his family. He takes what he has left so he is an excellent scammer and a thief. He has been in love with the same girl since they were kids and I felt so bad for him because the girl doesn’t feel the same about him. At least not as much as he does. He is not a jerk like most YA leading men are. He is actually a great guy and he still made me swoon. Authors need to get a grip and start writing male characters that aren’t abusing the power of their looks. I would like Cass even if he was hideous. Why? Because he is just the kind of guy I want to have by my side.
Worker powers- I’ve never read anything like this. Cassel lives in a world where people are discriminated if they have certain ability so Workers hide their powers from other ordinary people and non-Workers fear everybody could steal their memories, change their luck from good to bad, give them nightmares, change their feelings or even kill them with a simple touch of their hand, so everybody wears gloves. But being a Curse Worker is not perfect. They get blowbacks; if someone erases the memories of a person s/he is going to lose one of their own memories.
Mafia- This is another thing I didn’t read about, especially not in a YA paranormal novel. Wish we find out more about them but I guess we’ll see more of the criminal activities in the second book.
The love interest- I kept waiting and waiting for Lila to pop up because I wanted to know more about this mysterious girl Cass was in love with. She is bossy and strong, not like those spineless ‘heroines’ I stumble upon. I kept hoping for something to happen, was ecstatic when things were going my way and then that ending killed me. I was killed. I yelled NO but things were the way they were. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone so I won’t say anything else.
If you’re still reading this review, please, pick up a copy of White Cat. You won’t regret it. I know there are different reviews floating around, from 5 stars to 2 but I thought it was so refreshing and different from most of young adult paranormal novels and you all should read it as soon as possible.
badass characters, intriguing mystery and supernatural powers!
This is a great read if you're looking for a laugh.
What I love about this book is how huge his mouth is, and his love towards Lila even after all that time. I love how committed he is and how he does the stupidest things to get what he wants. This book is just amazing. Good job, Holly Black.
I heard so many great things about this book I was almost afraid to start it. I'm glad I did, though, because I ended up loving it to pieces. The characters were smart, endearing, and left me suspicious of everyone who does not wear gloves.
And everyone in general.
The rest of this series is on my automatic "to buy" list.
Cassel Sharp is a con artist in a family of curse workers and mobsters. He's the odd man out. The only one who isn't a worker. But when a terrible crime committed three years ago starts to unravel, everyone around Cassel has a secret they'd kill to keep. Even Cassel.
I love this book SO MUCH. It's a refreshingly unique premise. The world building is superb (as we've come to expect from Ms. Black). The stakes are high. And Cassel is a flawed, smart, dangerous, GOOD guy and living in his skin for the duration of this story is an adventure I'd willingly repeat any time.
GO OUT AND BUY THESE BOOKS! I found them totally amazing I want to say my most favorite books so far this year. Since Curse work good or bad is against the law the "workers" are now mobsters from crime families who do curse work on the black market. The story is set in NJ/NY and everybody has to wear gloves 24.7 since hands are such dangerous weapons and nobody knows who has the curse or not.
Philip is a luck worker, Barron is a memory worker, Grandpa is a death worker, mom is a emotions worker.... Then there is Cassel who's trying to be a good boy while doing the occasional con LOL The odds are stacked against him for sure... oh and he thinks he murdered his best friend with out knowing exactly what happened.. He is totally lovable! lol
These books have it all.. mystery, romance, friendship and a little violence fabulous entertaining reading read both books in 2days