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Monday, September 9, 2013

White Cat by Holly Black (Audiobook)

Author: Holly Black
Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Title: White Cat (Curse Workers #1)
Publication: May 11, 2010
Publisher: Listening Library
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 6 hours 41 minutes
Pages:  320
Audience: 15 and up
Rating: 3 out of 5
Source: Public Library

Synopsis (from
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 criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, 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.            
Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts to crumble when he finds himself 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. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

My thoughts:
I had picked this book up about a year ago, but never got the time to read it. I was at my library looking at books and picked up Black Heart. I got about half way when I realized that there was a lot to explain in three more discs. I went to Goodreads and it explained that Black Heart was the third book in the series! I quickly returned it and checked out White Cat because I was intrigued. I kind of knew what was going to happen due to my book mix up, so it wasn't a thrilling of a read for me. I guess that is why it got a 3 out of 5. It isn't a bad book, but I was listening to find out how Cassel became who he is in the third book. Separating myself from the fact that I ruined a good book for myself, I think it would be a neat read. There were some twists I was not expecting. There were a few I were expecting but did not happen (it must be in book two, which is waiting for me in the car). Either way, Cassel's antics and faulty memory are pretty funny. This book however, is basically setting up characters and the story line. In the book , some humans have/contain magic. You touching someone is all you need to do, but each time you perform your magic there is a blow back as a consequence. It is kind of an alchemy/magic, which is really cool. The cat is one of my favorite characters because she adds some humor to the book. 
I have heard great things about Holly Black and I'm enjoying this series. Mr. Eisenberg is a great narrator. If they ever made a movie of this book. He would have to play Cassel. I imagined him as Cassel the entire book. He is surprisingly a great narrator. I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of his acting, but he is a fantastic voice actor. Anyway, if you are a Holly Black or Jesse Eisenberg fan, you should check this book out. It is a short, fun read.


  1. I just met Holly last week and she told this amazing story about the inspiration for this book. There is a fairytale called "The White Cat" and she tells it in such an entertaining way! This one is high on my tbr pile! :)

    Sabrina @ I Heart Y.A. Fiction

  2. A narrator will make or break an audiobook. I am glad this one has a good one. I have been curious about this series, but never had the chance to read it, think I will look it up again. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  3. I've tried to get into Holly Black in the past, but for some reason I couldn't which is surprising because I really love weird stories and she's written plenty of weird things :) But this series sounds pretty interesting...

    -Amber Terry-