White Cat

White Cat

Paperback - 2015
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The first installment in The Curse Workers series from New York Times bestselling author Holly Black: "Urban fantasy, con story--whatever you call it, read it" ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review).

Cassel comes from a family of con artists and grifters, all of them curse workers but him. On top of that, Cassel is plagued by guilt that he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

When Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila, and what that means about his actions. In Cassel's search for answers about Lila and himself, he realizes that his brothers have been conning him for years, and that the final piece in their quest for power is about to fall into place. Cassel has other ideas. He's going to create an even more elaborate trap and, with Lila's help, con a bunch of magic using conmen.

This "beautifully realized dark fantasy...with prose that moves from stark simplicity to almost surreal intensity in a moment" ( Publishers Weekly, starred review) is rife with the unexpected. "Readers will be hooked" ( Booklist ) on White Cat .
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781481444538
1481444530

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Cassel is used to not fitting in. After all, he comes from a family of con artists. But when he starts having strange dreams, and people in down are losing memories, he begins to question what he thought happened all those years ago-- when he killed his best friend.


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KimberlyReads Dec 23, 2016

The Curse Workers Trilogy is full of plot twists and mysteries to be unraveled. It kept me guessing through all three books, and offers a delicious mix of con men and dark magic.

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jmli
Sep 05, 2016

This book was amazing, and that isn't anywhere close to an exaggeration. I felt that White Cat easily reminded me of The Young Elites and The Outsiders.
The mystery is something that caught me right at the start. Most books fail to keep readers interested at first, but this one was completely absorbing from page one. 100% looking forward to book two.

FindingJane Sep 13, 2014

With its striking cover of a black-gloved pouty boy holding a fluffy white cat, “White Cat” launches the reader into slightly different territory. The protagonist is a “worker”, someone with forbidden powers—or is he? It’s a secret, both to the central character and the reader, and part of the thrill is finding out exactly what’s going on with him and his duplicitous family.

At times, it’s a struggle to like Barron, Philip, Cassel and their mother. They like duping people but you wonder that they’re lives aren’t better for it. They get tangled up with truly dangerous criminals, they grew up in a house filled with hoarded treasure piled in such haphazard fashion it’s more warren than home and Cassel’s attempts to be a normal and an upstanding citizen don’t prevent him from being a bookie at his upper-class school.

But Ms. Black shows how necessary their twisted values are, how the judgmental world they exist in doesn’t allow for differences unless they’re willing to bend the rules and force the system to work for them. They’re criminals but charming ones and, if they’re rigging the system, it’s only to keep it from squashing them.

Of course, as one character points out, everyone may look down on or fear workers, but everyone has always secretly wanted to be one, to wield powers beyond that of normal men. Ms. Black shows just how exciting, alluring and lonely such desires and powers can be.

ChristchurchLib Jun 30, 2014

"Cassel Sharpe comes from a family of criminals and "curse workers," people who practice magic illegally and can alter others' luck or memories -- or even kill them -- with a single touch. Cassel, who doesn't seem to have inherited his family's talents, tries very hard to convince his private-school classmates that he's just a regular guy. But he's haunted by a dirty secret from his past, a white cat that keeps appearing in his nightmares, and the odd way that his brothers have been acting around him lately. Right from the start, when Cassel awakens from a nightmare to find himself on the roof of his dormitory, this 1st volume in the Curse Workers series is an edgy, pulse-pounding read." Teen Scene July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/36c051c4-68fe-4dcd-be55-0c8781def9ca?postId=8d38463e-7e3e-4453-9d29-53e32444377f

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gr8_reader
Aug 25, 2013

I know this is geared for a much younger audience but it is well-written and engaging - I can hardly wait for the next in the series! I really enjoyed the characters and think it's a great read...

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sportsbookspce
Jul 28, 2013

The beginning was a bit slow and was confusing at times but overall the book was really good. Cassel is an amazing character. He's smart, strong, and funny. The plot was incredible. People have the ability to change people's memories, emotions, and physical being. It was hard to tell who the "bad guy" was. The ending was definitely shocking.

gutch May 20, 2013

Really really awesome! I just wish there was more action, but I couldn't put it down anyway :)

JewelMcLatchy May 17, 2013

Excellent beginning to a magic/fantasy trilogy that is unlike anything else you've read. Really liked that it was set in modern times, with the twist of magic. (Book 2, Red Glove, does get off to a faster pace.)

VanessaCCL Oct 02, 2012

"Cassel Sharpe comes from a family of criminals and "curse workers," people who practice magic illegally and can alter others' luck or memories - or even kill them - with a single touch. Cassel, who doesn't seem to have inherited his family's talents, tries very hard to convince his private-school classmates that he's just a regular guy. But he's haunted by a dirty secret from his past, a white cat that keeps appearing in his nightmares, and the odd way that his brothers have been acting around him lately. Right from the start, when Cassel awakens from a nightmare to find himself on the roof of his dormitory, this 1st volume in the Curse Workers series is a fast-paced, intense, and mysterious read." Next Reads Teen Scene October 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=554083

Sidewinder88 Sep 15, 2012

Great book. Its so naturally written and has a gripping plot with twists. I read the whole series but I liked this first one the most.

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“Clever as the Devil and twice as pretty.”

JewelMcLatchy May 18, 2013

"...The cat is just staring at me, and I think there's blood on her mouth. I look at her and see the deaths of hundreds of mice and birds. I see them just lining up to march into her mouth along an unfurling carpet of tongue like in an old cartoon. I think she wants to eat me next." / "Pet the cat, dude," says Sam. "She brought you a present. She wants you to tell her how badass she is." / "You are a tiny, tiny killing machine," Daneca coos. / "What's she doing?" I ask. / "Purring!" says Daneca. She sounds delighted. "Good kitty. Who's an amazing killing machine? That's right! You are! You are a brutal, brutal tiny lion! Yes, you are."

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