Sunday, August 1, 2010
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.( Goodreads.com)
Liked this story of Cassel who is a con-man but trying to be good. He trying to con the truth from his family because some of his memories aren't what he remembers. He is also still hurting over the death of Lila. This book has some interesting family members, and the family does to keep a con going , or how to work the con. I enjoyed this story and learning about the Curse workers-- will read this series. His mom is jail because she was trying to score the big score. Cassel was at school, and we meet his brothers and find more about THE FAMILY...and trying to con them to get the truth. I loved this world and will be reading the next book in the series. What drew me to the book was the cover -- who doesn't a guy holding a cat. It was also interesting to learn all about the Curse workers and the story behind of how they have powers , or why some people hide their powers.
His mother is interesting and Cassel has lots of family issues to work out within his family and can't wait to see what happens next to him.
Blacks characters pay a price for being powerful curse workers and
experience a phenomenon called "blowback" whenever they worked someone. If you had a superpower but knew by using it you would experience a crippling
side effect would you still use it? No I don't think so, but it all depends if my power was really good and didn't take away from it .
Family plays an important role in White Cat (Curse Workers) -- who did you like the most or the least in Cassel's family and why ?? I liked Cassel because he seems to have had a rough life and been able to turn himself around from being in the family way (mob) .
What did you think about the entire world that Holly Black built? The gloves, the curses? Can you imagine a world like this where an uncovered hand could be a dangerous weapon? I think its an amazing world and so different from other books out there.
With family like this who needs enemies right? Is blood thicker than water? Or in this case should Cassel think about getting a name change and moving far far away from his familial bonds? Right this family has many issues to work out. Not always blood is thicker than water. The saying is to keep your enemies closer and family too. But this family was amazing on the stuff that they pulled on each other to keep secrets.
Do think this book is a good set up for a sequel? If so, make your predictions Cassel has some more questions from his mom and I think also dealing with Lila family.