Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Review: White Cat [Curse Workers #1] by Holly Black


Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
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Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Series: Curse Workers #1
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Gollancz
Publication Date: 17th June 2010
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Cassel is cursed. Cursed by the memory of the fourteen year old girl he murdered. Life at school is a constant trial. Life at home even worse. No-one at home is ever going to forget that Cassel is a killer. No-one at home is ever going to forget that he isn't a magic worker.
Cassel's family are one of the big five crime families in America. Ever since magic was prohibited in 1929 magic workers have been driven underground and into crime. And while people still need their touch, their curses, their magical killings, their transformations, times have been hard.
His granddad has been driven to drink, his mother is in prison and his brothers detest him as the only one of their family who can't do magic. But there is a secret at the centre of Cassel's family and he's about to inherit it.
My Thoughts
Do you ever pick up a book, read it and wonder why you hadn't read the book sooner.  That is how I feel with White Cat. I have heard a lot of good things about it but I have never wanted to pick it up before, now I wish I had.

Holly Black builds a world of curse workers where one touch can curse someone.  Either by killing them, erasing memories, sleep walking or luck working and more.  Each time they use their power they get blowback, so if they use their power for bad then they get it back like Cassel's Grandfathers curse working, death.  Each time he uses it then part of him dies.

I love the names of the characters, Cassel and Barron, they are so original and stick in you head.  The story begins excellently and makes you want to continue reading to see what happens next.
I could not put this book down and will have to buy Red Glove the next book in the series.

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