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)


    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:

    Post a Comment

    I would love to see what you have to say :)

    “Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

    Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

    Tales of a Ravenous Reader

    My Photo
    Hello, and thank you for stopping by. This is my little haven for talking about the books that I adore.

    Grab My Button

    Email Twitter RSS Feed

    Contact Me

    I am an avid reader from Northern California and if you are a publisher and would like to have your YOUNG or NEW ADULT book reviewed, please email me. I accept ARCs, as well as books that have already been released. I am also more than happy to do author interviews, guest posts, and contests to promote your book as long as they are in the Young and New Adult genre. Please check my review policy prior to sending me an email, thank you. curlyshoe(at)gmail(dot)com

    2015 Reading Challenge

    2015 Reading Challenge
    nancy has read 1 book toward her goal of 150 books.

    @ravenousreader on INSTAGRAM

    Upcoming YA Bay Area Book Events

    I have compiled all the SF, bay area YA events in this section. If you know of any events that I have failed to post, please let me know. Also, please keep in mind that some events may change and it is always best to verify any event prior to attendance.



    Books Inc. Opera Plaza
    Thursday, October 8 @ 7pm


    Alameda Free Library
    Thursday, October 8 @ 6pm

    PATRICK NESS in conversation with SABAA TAHIR
    Kepler's sponsored at the Redwood Shores Library
    R.S.V.P. Here
    Friday, October 9 @ 7pm

    Young Adult Novelist Convention
    Burlingame High School
    Saturday, October 10 from 2 to 6pm

    Livermore Public Library
    Sunday, October 11 @ 2pm

    Kepler's in Menlo Park
    Wednesday, October 14 @ 7pm

    D.J. MacHALE
    Kepler's in Menlo Park
    Thursday, October 15 @ 7pm

    Copperfield's in Santa Rosa
    Friday, October 16 @ 4pm

    A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village
    Tuesday, October 20 @ 7pm

    A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair Village
    Wednesday, October 21 @ 7pm


    Diesel in Oakland
    Thursday, October 22 @ 6:30pm

    A Great Good Place for Books in Montclair
    Sunday, October 25 @ 4pm

    The Reading Bug in San Carlos
    Tuesday, October 27 @ 6:30pm
    Get your tickets HERE

    Call or stop by your local Books Inc. to purchase your ticket
    Books inc. at the Grand Lake Theater
    Wednesday, October 28 @ 6pm

    Book Passage in San Francisco
    Wednesday, October 28 @ 6pm

    Book Passage sponsored must purchase tickets
    Thursday, October 29 @ 7pm


    Books Inc. Opera Plaza
    Tuesday, November 3 @ 7pm

    Hicklebee's in San Jose
    Friday, November 6 @ 7pm

    Towne Center Books in Pleasanton
    Saturday, November 7 @ 4pm

    Books Inc. Opera Plaza
    Sunday, November 15 @ 5pm
    Get your tickets HERE

    ...and lots more events are coming. I am so excited but cannot share them yet :) Stay Tuned!!

    What I am Reading Now

    and this too.....

    Book Tour Host

    Book Tour Host

    Book Tour Host

    Follow by Email


    Rating System

    ♥♥♥♥♥ Love it! A must read

    ♥♥♥♥ Great, give it a try

    ♥♥♥ Okay, a decent read

    ♥♥ Meh, read at your own risk

    Would not recommend

    DNF=Did Not Finish

    Blog Archive

    Blog Stats

    Blog Designer