Review: White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat by Holly Black


White Cat by Lizzy Ford
Publication Date: May 4th, 2010
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Curse Workers, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 310
Rating: 3
Date Read: 26/10/2016
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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 outcon the conmen.

White Cat tells the story of a boy named Cassel who is part of a family of magic workers, but isn’t a worker himself. There are different types of workers; luck workers, dream workers, memory workers, death workers and transformation workers, the practice of these are illegal whether the worker is using their magic for good or for bad. White Cat begins with Cassel finding himself on the roof of his boarding school one night after following a white cat in his sleep. This leads Cassel to discover secrets that his family have been keeping and other things he doesn’t know.

I was pretty disappointed. I think the major problem I had overall was simply the fact I couldn’t engage or connect with the characters or the story. I’m not saying I didn’t really enjoy the concept, because I did, but unfortunately I found the majority of the story fairly predictable and boring.

For the brilliant and fascinating premise, I thought it was a bit boring to be honest. The pacing was a bit strange – I didn’t feel compelled to read at all. The pacing was good, but it just wasn’t exciting enough for me and it didn’t keep me reading. I could read a chapter and then put it down for a good 10 hours! I’d read something else and not even think twice about the book. I love books that keep me thinking about them, that keep me thinking about the characters.

I think this is a book that you’ll either love or hate. My distaste for this book is mainly due to the fact I couldn’t connect with the characters and I didn’t really care about finishing it.

I know I say this a lot, but I really wanted to like this. I’ve read other Holly Black books and I definitely like her writing. But this book, even though it had a great concept, was sort of boring, the events which were supposed to be grand and mind-shattering, were like a child’s play.

It has a new and innovative idea for a story. But it was strangely unsatisfying. Things are revealed a little too early on in the story. Overall pretty forgettable in my opinion and I had a few problems as well with the representation. I will not be Continuing this series.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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One Response to Review: White Cat by Holly Black

  1. I read this book ages ago. It’s why I was curious about Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince so much. I honestly think her writing is SO MUCH BETTER in that one since I love it to pieces, haha.
    I have to admit I don’t remember a lot about White Cat though. I might have to schedule a reread at some point.. On the other hand, it might disappoint me now knowing what she’s capable of with The Cruel Prince…


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