White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black (review)

September 3, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA 6 ★★★★

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black (review)White Cat by Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 4th 2010
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Urban, Young Adult
Source: Library
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon

Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn't fit in at home or at school, so he's used to feeling like an outsider. He's also used to feeling guilty; he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas and a plan to con the conmen.

“Flattery will get you everywhere, except, apparently, off a roof.”


I loved the crime boss/crime family elements worked into this book. It helped to make it different and unique. And the world building that was done around that element made total sense in the context of the book. The mysteries were well done, and I didn’t manage to guess most of them. A few I did, but a lot of them I didn’t see coming. That’s always a plus!

I really enjoyed Cassel’s thought processes, and the reasons behind the things he said and did. The voice used was believable for a boy.  It made for a really fleshed-out character. I didn’t care for his brothers much, and at first his grandfather felt like he was going to end up in the same category. But the grandfather grew on me. I also really liked the white cat.

I loved the magic system! There were powers that I hadn’t come across before, and I liked the idea of repercussions to using your powers. Use them for good and you get good things back, use them for ill and the same is returned to you.

Not all the characters got enough ‘screen time’ to get to know them very well. I’m really hoping to learn more about Sam and Daneca in the next book. I also really want to know what happens with the thing that Cassel’s mother did at the end of this book. What a place to leave you! It’s not really a cliff hanger per say, but it did make me want to read the next book even more than I already did.


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6 Responses to “White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black (review)”

  1. Arya D.

    Oh I love the cursed workers series! I felt the same way about the screen time of some f the characters but you get to see more of them in the next book!
    I really like how the series goes! Hippie you try to it soon and enjoy it!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      Book 2 is on my list of books to read. I just have to get through the stack of books with a deadline first. *grins* Good to know the other characters appear more in the other books though!

  2. Lola

    Sounds like an original world indeed. I always like it when I can’t guess all of the mysteries, as I like to have some surprises as well.
    The magic system sounds very well done, I like magic systems where there is some kind of cost or backlash involved with using magic. So that idea appeals to me. Great Review!
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    • SilvaraWilde

      I like it too. When magic is too easy, or there isn’t any downside to using it, the story doesn’t suck me in quite as well. It’s not as believable.

  3. Caressa

    I have been really wanting to read White Cat, but I’ve seen some bad reviews. This has encouraged me to add it back to my TBR. 😀

    • SilvaraWilde

      I really liked it! Someday when I’ve caught up on my immediate pile of TBR’s, I’ll be reading the 2nd book in the series. You should read it. *grins*

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