Series: Curse Workers #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on May 4, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
What I thought…
- This book was almost a DNF for me. I was very lost and confused in the beginning. I decided to go just a bit further and I’m so glad I did. While I can’t rave about White Cat like some of my fellow bloggers, It was enjoyable and I plan on reading the other two books.
- Cover complaint: Why did they write over his face?
- There is a lot going on in the beginning of White Cat and a lot you can’t see. All the magic and cons kept me confused, and while I’m sure that was the authors intention it made me very frustrated, especially in regards to his brothers and the workers. I was also confused because it takes place “now” but with an alternate history, though once someone compared it to the Sookie Stackhouse series it made a lot more sense and that cleared up some of my confusion. Honestly, I’m not sure why that confused me so much but it did.
- The biggest reason I kept reading (other than Jenny of course!) was because of Cassel. There aren’t many YA books told from the male POV so that’s a point, plus I just really, really liked him. He was a well written, likeable character.
- I liked all of Cassel’s friends, his family not so much. Sam and Daneca were the ultimate sidekicks for Cassel. I didn’t really like anyone in his family. I’m sure part of that is because I was so confused but I didn’t really like the things they did either and it was hard to muster up any sympathy for them. And what his mother did at the end… That was so wrong! Really, really wrong!
- The storyline was very intriguing in the second half (once I was no longer confused). I was much more caught up in the conning the con men part (a la Leverage) and their ultimate plan. I also liked how I wasn’t clued in to the whole plan either. That made it much more enjoyable.
Overall I’m really glad I stuck with it, the ending was really good, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book.
* If you really want to break this down it’s a 1 star for the first half, 4 star for the second half.