White Cat by Holly Black reviewed by Heather

White Cat by Holly BlackTitle: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 336 pages
Source: personal copy

I’ve had this book in my possession for quite a while, but never started it. I decided to begin listening to the audio version of White Cat when I was informed that a website was offering a free copy of it and that it was narrated by Jesse Eisenberg. Yes, my zombie infatuation strikes again.

Well, I started listening and quickly learned that I was not a fan of ‘hearing’ a book, even if it was Jesse reading it to me. There’s just something about having the book, or nook in my case, in my hand that appeals to me. I was extremely glad that I had a copy of the book on hand, because even after the short bit that I listened to, I wanted to find out what was going on.

White Cat is the first book in the Curse Workers series. Cassel is a seventeen year old curse worker. The only problem is that he doesn’t really have a talent. His mother, brothers and even his grandfather go around manipulating peoples emotions and memories and even casting death curses. All Cassel can do is use his con-artist ability to try and fit in with all the other students at the private school he attends.

When Cassel begins sleepwalking and having nightmares (or are they memories?) about standing over his dead childhood friend, Lila, he is drawn further and further into a world that he has tried his hardest to stay out of. And what is with the white cat that seems to appear out of nowhere?

I really loved the beginning of this book. It pulled me in right away. But like some other books, the middle had me wondering if I should even finish it. I had already figured out most of the plot twists on my own and felt no need to. I kept pushing through though and in the end I was glad I did because it was definitely worth it.

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