Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Book Review: White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat by Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication date: May 2010
ISBN: 9781416963974
Source: ARC sent by publisher

White Cat (Curse Workers) 

As the only non worker in a family of curse workers, Cassel is an outcast among his own.  Forced to build a regular life, he tries to fit in at a regular boarding school.  But when he starts sleepwalking, he finds himself in dangerous situations, wondering if he's been cursed, even though curse working is illegal.  He's tried to put his miserable past behind him, his accidental killing of his best friends Lila, but it seems to come back to haunt him over and over again.  Caught up in a web of lies and deceit, Cassel struggles to understand what part he might have played in the biggest con his family's ever undertaken.

Things I Liked:
Awesome world-building and story.  I really had no idea where it was going or what twists and turns it would take and it completely took me by surprise more than once.  I loved how realistically Black created an alternate reality with curse workers.  Every detail was thought through and executed completely!  It was so well done that I began to believe in Cassel and his family.  A unique and pretty well written paranormal fantasy.  Honestly, I'd probably just keep gushing if I said more about it, so I'll just say - read it.  I just finished Red Glove, watch for my review coming soon!

Things I Didn't Like:
I can't think of much I didn't like, though some of the surprises felt a little unbelievable at first; but after some time, they felt right.  Really a great new series.

I guess Heist Society by Ally Carter

s-factor: !@ 
some, but nothing too strong

mrg-factor: XX 
a few suggestive parts

v-factor: ->-> 
things got a bit brutal near the end, but not graphic

Overall rating: ***** 

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  1. What stands out for me is that it's based off of a fairy tale (and Heaven only knows how that is retellings are a weakness of mine).

    When you say suggestive, do you mean suggestive like the kind in Sisters Red? Is this PG 13 or PG?

  2. Well, you know how I feel about these books! I love reading reviews when people agree with me. ;-) Can't wait to hear what you have to say about Red Glove.

  3. Lauren, I didn't know it was based on a fairy tale! Which one?
    I'd definitely say more PG-13 - some serious making out and such like ie: it suggests more stuff goes on.

    Jenny, me too. Especially since you and I don't always like the same stuff. Are you planning to do a review on your blog of Red Glove?

  4. Hmmm...I think the fairy tale (if it's the right one) is actually called The White Cat. You can read it here:


    Thanks for the info!

  5. Uh, probably not. I did one on Goodreads, though.

  6. Lauren, I read it and it does kind of sound like it's from that fairy tale! Huh! Makes me like it more :)

    Jenny, I just read your goodreads review. Makes me wonder if I'm too stupid to pick up on bad writing anymore. Oh well.

  7. I really like these books too. I just found they were entirely different than everything else in this genre - something new.

  8. Lahni, so true! It's very refreshing.


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