WHITE CAT by Holly Black

Posted: December 21, 2010 in Book Reviews
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They say the devil is in the details.

And as far as books go, I’d have to agree. World-building plot points. Convincing character quirks. White knuckle moments of tension. All those details matter. Combined, they define a story.

And in Holly Black’s WHITE CAT, those details come together in a truly amazing way.

In WHITE CAT, Cassel Sharpe is a pretender, an outsider. At school, he longs to fly under the radar, but stands out as a member of a family of curse workers. At home, he yearns to find his place, but he’s left in the dark by his older brothers. Cassel, like Phillip and Barron, is a talented con artist. But unfortunately, Cassel lacks the curse working gifts his mother and siblings possess.

And the fact that he most likely murdered Lila, his best friend and childhood crush? That doesn’t exactly help Cassel fit in, either.

In WHITE CAT, Cassel’s quest for answers becomes a nightmare trip. Through the fun-house mirror, he’s forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew. In a world where an un-gloved hand equals a life-changing curse, Cassel isn’t sure he can trust anyone. He discovers he has gifts of his own, talents he must use to survive.

The premise. The world. The twists. The double-crosses. It all adds up to something both DARK and WONDROUS.

I didn’t want to leave Cassel’s world. And you won’t want to, either.

Hungry for more? Then try this recipe for Chocolate Toffee Crack. It’s *almost* as addicting as Holly’s Prose.

Readers, what great books have you devoured lately? What do I need to add to my list of breathtaking reads?

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Comments
  1. Jemi Fraser says:

    Sounds like a fabulous book – thanks for the tip! 🙂

  2. Kendra says:

    Seriously, White Cat may be my favorite book of 2010. (I count Across the Universe as 2011). WC was dark, taboo and gorgeous in a noir kind of way. LOVE IT. I can’t wait for Red Glove to come out next year.

    Also loved, loved, loved Plain Kate. Very poetic, beautiful writing, even when the stakes were high and danger was everywhere.

  3. Jenny Martin says:

    Jemi: It is TERRIFIC.

    Kendra: “Dark, taboo, and gorgeous.” YES! Exactly. I’ll have to check out Plain Kate. Sounds like another title I’d love.

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