Author: Holly Black
Genre: YA - Urban Fantasy
"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 mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, 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.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts 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, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories." ~Goodreads
I'd been wanting to read White Cat for quite awhile, I've been a big fan of Holly Black ever since I read her other books. So I was really excited to get into this series, and luckily for me I wasn't disappointed with this one!
White Cat is such an engaging and mysterious story, I adored the world that Holly Black created for this series, the curse workers and all the different powers were amazing and unique. The story had a Mafia/con artistry meets supernatural/fantasy feel to it, which is an awesome combination by the way. And I think something that added even more depth to the story is the fact that it seemed realistic, like it could be a part of our everyday life.
Cassel is a great character, his personality and voice come across really strong and I loved that. There were times where I didn't feel as connected to Lila, so it kind of got a tiny bit boring in those areas. But for the most part all of the characters were well developed. As for the writing itself, it was wonderful. It wasn't over the top or way to drawn out, there was just enough detail and mystery to keep me hooked from beginning to end!
This book was a fantastic read and unlike anything I've read recently. I definitely recommend it, and can't wait to continue with the series!