White Cat by Holly Black
Have you heard of the Curseworkers trilogy by Holly Black? It’s amazing!
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 con men.
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White Cat is a fascinating book with a strong protagonist and well thought out world building. Cassel’s mother can manipulate emotions, his brother can alter people’s memories, and his grandfather can kill people. But, wielding these powers doesn’t come without a price. Cassel’s mom is an emotional mess due to influencing men to fall for her, Cassel’s brother is losing his memory from “working” the memories of others, and his grandfather’s killing is causing the old man to lose his fingers.
Are you hooked? Read the book and join us for book club. We meet Saturday, August 25th, 2 – 4pm in the Olympic Room of Tacoma Public Library’s Main Branch. Register here!