REVIEW: WHITE CAT by Holly Black

WHITE CAT by Holly Black

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (May 4, 2010)

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    Once I read the premise to WHITE CAT I was more than eager to read it. A story dealing with people having the ability to mess with you simply by the power of touch, heck yeah I was in.

    Holly Black had a brilliant idea with this story concept. The world building that she has created is unique and twisted. It is an interesting change to what is dominating the market right now.

    WHITE CAT is a story about Curse workers who have the power to mess with your emotions, memories or even luck by the slight touch of their hands. As you can imagine curse working is illegal so most of them are con artists or mobsters. Then you have Cassel a non-curse worker among a family that is filled with them. He tries to fit in among his classmates but always feels a bit off, has no true friends and finds himself plagued by the memory of the girl he once loved, murdered by his own hands. Then one night while having a nightmare with a white cat he finds himself hanging on for dear life and his world slowly begins to unravel. The nightmares intensify and to make matters worse his brothers exhibit odd behavior that he begins to question and the truth is worse than anything he could have imagined.

    With a story line like that how could I not be sucked in? and I was... until the plot line became apparent. The guise of mystery was not well in place and the big ending left me wishing I did not see it all coming. I also did not find much affection for most of the characters. What kept me engaged was Holly's talent for creating a a new world that I found fascinating and the ending did set things up for the next book in the series and I am interested to see what happens next.

    4 comments on "REVIEW: WHITE CAT by Holly Black"

    ParaJunkee wrote: March 16, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Oh a shame. I was so looking forward to this book also. Urgh. Thanks for the honest review.


    So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: March 16, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    It's a shame you didn't love this. I'm still really lookin forward to reading it, though!


    Melissa wrote: March 16, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    I didn't care for the book until he started questioning his brothers, then I found it took off for me (about 1/2 through the book). Even though the ending was not a surprise, I still found it interesting in how we see Cassel making the ending work. Sorry you didn't care for the book.


    Rhiannon wrote: September 6, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    I really loved it, it felt like it had an inception/ memento layering thing for the mystery and i'm guessing there's going to be a bait and switch come book two. Fingers crossed anyhow!
    I've linked to your review on mine of the same, here: http://www.thediaryofabookworm.com/2010/09/white-cat-by-holly-black-review.html


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