Overall: 94/100 or A
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.
I was so excited for this book. I love Holly Black. She is such an amazing writer and brings something unique to each story. Cassel is a conman, and while some might not like that. I found him to be a likable character and I liked his point of view. I enjoyed his family, which was full of so many unique people that I loved and yet hated. I really liked the mob aspect that was behind curse working, which is well amazing. I love anything to do with mobsters. I quickly became invested in the fabulous plot that Black spun. Every twist and turn in the Black Cat, kept me guessing on what would happen next. The world of White Cat is a unique and flawlessly developed book. Black didn't disappoint me and I am anxiously waiting for Red Glove. I recommend this book to fans of Holly Black, because it won't let you down.