Tuesday, August 10, 2010

[Novel Spotted] White Cat

Curse Workers 1: White Cat
by Holly Black

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. (Fantastic Fiction)

I first saw it at the bookstore. The cover attracted me at first glance and the reading the plot made me convinced to buy it as soon as possible!

The concept of what these curse workers could do is really creative and interesting~ It's not often you get to encounter a unique type of con artists with a dark fantasy twist~

Moreover, though a main character who appears normal but belongs in a totally not-so-normal family isn't really something new, Cassel doesn't seem to be the 100% goody-goody type of hero. And he seems to be caught in something dangerous and mysterious.... sounds intriguing! And I'm most intrigued on the white cat! Well, usually this kind of fantasy story deal with black cats, right? Hehe.

Sadly.... the price wasn't very nice. Huhuhuhuhu.... When the heck will the paperback version come =_=

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