Author: Holly Black
Pages [hardcover]: 310
Where I got it from: Read online with Pulse It, a website where teens can read young adult books online for free.
Opening Lines: I wake up barefoot, standing on cold slate tiles. Looking dizzily down. I suck in a breath of icy air. Above me are stars. Below me, the bronze statue of Colonel Wallingford makes me realize I’m seeing the quad from the peak of Smythe Hall, my dorm.
Memorable Quote: “The easiest lies to tell are the ones you want to be true.”
Favorite Characters: Cassel & Sam & Barron
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.
[Summary taken from Goodreads]
I loved this book! Seriously loved it. Usually I can’t stand reading a novel on the computer, but this one I just couldn’t tear myself away from. Cassel isn’t your average protagonist-he’s got a dark past and openly admits that he murdered his best friend. Not the type of thing that makes readers love a character. But I was loving Cassel by the end of the novel.
The cons Cassel pulled in ‘White Cat’ were so complicated and worked so well they made me laugh, in the best way possible. The fact that he comes from a crime family makes him even more unique, adding mobsters to several scenes.
This book is action packed, with a little romance sprinkled within, plus a very dysfunctional family. It’ll keep any reader on the edge of their seat and leave them begging for more. The ending killed me: Not exactly a cliff-hanger, but I need to find out what happens next! It’s a love/hate relationship when that happens. You know the writing’s good enough to love, but you hate waiting for more.
‘White Cat’ by Holly Black gets 5/5 stars. I can’t wait to read more from her in the future!