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White Cat (Curse Workers #1)

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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 o ...more
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Published May 11th 2010 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published May 4th 2010)
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Hai Lam Yup. But the book will explain later (aka. around the middle to near end) why and how the first couple chapters happen. In other words: imagine the…moreYup. But the book will explain later (aka. around the middle to near end) why and how the first couple chapters happen. In other words: imagine the book is like a numbers line from 0 to 10. You don't start at 0, you start at 2 or 3 instead.

PS: i'm bad with words :P Hope this helps.(less)
Beth That depends on your perspective, I suppose. I would say yes, but consider the following, in no particular order and without spoilers:

*underage…more
That depends on your perspective, I suppose. I would say yes, but consider the following, in no particular order and without spoilers:

*underage alcohol consumption
*murder, some pretty seriously cold-blooded stuff
*sexual thoughts and at least one slightly graphic sexual situation (though no actual sex)

If there are no objections and your niece can handle these things in her fantasy? Go for it.

NB: I cannot speak for the rest of the series, since I've only just finished this book an hour or so ago. ^_^
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
Holly Black, where have you been my whole life?

We are, largely, who we remember ourselves to be. That’s why habits are so hard to break. If we know ourselves to be liars, we expect not to tell the truth. If we think of ourselves as honest, we try harder.

But what happens when you are forced to doubt every single memory that makes you who you are?!

This book has definitely made it to my ‘top ten young adult books’ list. It came at the right time and it was just what I needed: angst-free a
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)


Reread 10/30 : Cassel is still the sarcastic little shit I remembered. I have no other option than loving him even more.

"I hate that I love this. I hate that the adrenaline pumping through the roots of my body is filling me with giddy glee. I'm not a good person."

This book was full of charmsSee what I did there?

Charm ⁂1 : I do love me some liar

Beware of Cassel Sharpe, professional liar and Master of the game of make-believe. You're going to love him.

"Being a con artist means thinking
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Tatiana
Nov 06, 2011 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Emily May
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2011
As seen on The Readventurer

Well, well, well. Color me surprised. Just when I decided never to read another Holly Black work again (due to our seemingly conflicting ideas about what good writing is), Emily's review of White Cat convinced me to give the author one final try. And, who knew, I really, really liked it. Actually, this book is one of the strongest YA UF novels I've ever read. I am not exactly sure what made Black change her writing style so drastically, but I won't be complaining. Some
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Emily May


4.5 stars

I really, really enjoyed pretty much everything about this book. An exciting mystery, memorable characters and a touch of magic... I can't express how excited I am about reading Red Glove as soon as possible.

Holly Black is an author that never really did anything for me before. I gave up on Tithe after reading just one chapter, and her Spiderwick Chronicles weren't bad children's books but they didn't really stand out from the masses either. White Cat was completely different, I was ad
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Cait (Paper Fury)
THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEST AND MOST UNDERRATED BOOK I HAVE EVER EVER READ. I feel like my new life goal is going to be shouting about this book from the rooftops. IT IS THAT GOOD. It's mind-numbingly good. lt has some of the best plot twists and character development and...
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It's Supernatural meets the mafia. It is. You don't need me to say anymore. THAT ALONE SHOULD SELL YOU.
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Crime...ohhhh my gosh I love crime. (Yes that sounds bad. But I love crime in books. We good? Okay. We're good.) It's like
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Roshani Chokshi
Why did I just now read this...

WHY.

Imagine this scenario:

Cassel and Kaz Brekker (Six of Crows--if you did not know that, please imagine my eyeballs bulging out of my head) sit at a cafe and ponder schemey things. Cassel looks up, notices there's a girl running toward them. Kaz frowns. Then the girl runs past, grinning really widely, waving frantically, considering whether she should speak and then deciding against it, all while wearing a shirt that says: I LOVE YOU BYE. Kaz peers at his empty c
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Navessa
Apr 02, 2013 Navessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with Angela and JennyJen



Seeing as how everyone and their mother has pretty much already read and reviewed this book you don’t need a long rehash from me as to what happened. Instead, I think I’ll talk about my reading experience.

This story for me was like being in a fistfight.

First it opens with a scene so intriguing I dub it an insta-hook. It hit me more like a right hook.


Just when I began to really feel bad for the main character it sucker punched me.


Dirty move, I know.

It was o
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Kristalia
Final rating: 2/5 stars

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“The thing is that it’s really hard to stop discrimination when something’s illegal,” the girl says. “I mean, everybody thinks of workers as being criminals. Like, people use the word ‘worker’ to mean
criminals. And, well, if we work a work, even once, we are criminals. So most of us are, because we had to figure it out somehow and that was usually by making something happen.”
“And there are lots of workers who never do anything bad. They go to weddings and hospitals and
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
Jun 07, 2013 Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake) by: Maythavee
*4.5 Stars*

Lie until even you believe it-that's the real secret of lying. The only way to have absolutely no tells.
Too bad I'm not quite there yet.


When I try to think of a word that reminds me of this book, the most forthcoming is just this: Weird. This book was all kinds of weird. But, when I take the time to really delve deeper and actually peel back the layers of this intricate story-line, I begin to 'see' so many more words pop into my mind: Haunting, clever, mesmerizing, addicting...sweet
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Janina
Okay. This book has the word “cat“ in its title. How could I ever hesitate to read it?

Simply put, I was rather less enamoured of Holly Black's Modern Faerie Tales series and actually couldn't see myself picking up another one of her books. I had given her two chances, and she hadn't convinced me. Don't get me wrong, Tithe and Ironside certainly weren't bad, but I'm normally looking for something better than not bad. Positive reviews abound made me look closer into White Cat, though. And I didn't
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Jessica Olson
Jan 28, 2017 Jessica Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god. It was so good. So so good.
Cassel is a character I'll never forget.
The whole book was perfect. And I finally broke my reading slump! I feel so good right now.
And the end was absolutely amazing. Love it.
I need the 2nd book.
Giselle
Sep 18, 2011 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It's safe to say that it's not the cover that attracted me to this book. I was actually quite surprised to see its many great reviews. Yes, I'm a book judger. Oh well. I picked this up as an audiobook and actually liked it a lot.

Some people are born as workers in Cassel's world. Workers can "work" people with their hands. By touching someone, they can alter their memory, kill, give good luck, bad luck. You name it. Cassel is the only one in his family who is not a worker. He's been getting these
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Ceilidh
Apr 28, 2011 Ceilidh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly Black is the anti-Cassandra Clare. While Black’s series has been using cover quotes from Ms Clare (a good friend of Ms Black) to promote the series, Black’s writing stands leaps and bounds beyond anything Clare has ever written and “White Cat” is a brilliant read on pretty much every level.

It’s not often these days that I’m surprised by a YA book. Maybe it’s the market itself, maybe it’s my own YA oversaturation, but whatever the case may be, when a YA comes along that I find entertaining
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jade
Apr 11, 2014 jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I had low expectation about this book because urban fantasy could be hard for me to get into. Besides, it’s not encouraging that the book is in a male voice by a female author. Therefore, I had only intended to take a look at the first page. However, first page turned into second page and so forth. I couldn’t put it down. All the while I was reading, I kept trying to stop and switch to the book I had in mind. Well, I never did. And here I am, eager to finish the whole series.

It's surprising how
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Giulia
I expected to like this book the same way you like to watch baking shows or cat videos on Youtube. That said, I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.

White Cat was absolutely mind-blowing. 5 stars was the only possible way I could rate it because honestly?, I have nothing to complain about (which I know, is so unlike me, but here we are). It took me literally five hours to finish the book, because it was completely impossible for me to put it down. Everything about it was exactly as I wante
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♥Rachel♥
Jul 10, 2011 ♥Rachel♥ rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
White Cat, the first book in the Curse Workers took me a little to get into but once I did, I found it an addictive story.

Cassel is part of a Curse Worker family; each with a different ability to affect a person with one touch. His mother can affect emotions, and his brother Philip can manipulate a person’s body, and Barron can influence a person’s luck. All of them have abilities except for him. He’s always felt left out and a little less for not being one of them. The one thing that sets Cass
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Catie
May 27, 2011 Catie rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars

I don’t know why I expected this book to be bad. Maybe I’ve read enough paranormal YA’s to have overload trauma flashbacks whenever the genre comes up. But guess what? This one is actually good! Chalk this one up as another triumph for goodreads recommendations.

I find the fantasy world that she builds here to be very compelling and intricate, and since the main character starts out the book very much out of the loop, the details are allowed to assemble and grow slowly and organically
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Cara
Jul 23, 2010 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Tori
If any of you are like me you are/were put off by the cover. It looks creepy, right? A guy with leather gloves holding a cat? How unappealing is that? Well after reading the book I know this cover fits the book completely, and the creepiness is probably part of the point. And the cover gives it a mafia feel, which is central to the whole order of the curse workers.

Anyways onto what's beyond the cover. Cassel at the moment is attending a private school, trying to forget some horrendous memories t
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Jo
May 09, 2011 Jo rated it really liked it
I don’t have a quote because by the time he said something I liked I got myself into a faff trying to get my notebook and then find my pen and then it wouldn't work and… it was just too much hassle.
Oh and also, I don’t really know how Ms Black is spelling all her character names so apologies if they’re wrong.

High Points.
Curses + Mob Families + Secret Underground World = Um, YES. The whole idea behind this series is absolutely genius and the world that Black creates is just spectacular. I reall
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Mila BlackSheep BS
"I never thought about Grandpa coming up. Because I’m an idiot, basically-an idiot with poor planning skills."


This quote pretty much summarizes the main character and the book.

*Sigh* I don’t know what it is with books lately. I have been dealing with a reading slump for two months now and that makes reading a bore, so much so that I can hardly finish a book. Which is why I consider it an accomplishment on itself to have been able to finish this book, even if I didn’t enjoy it all that much.
On
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Lucy
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Brandi
Mar 21, 2012 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, male-lead
So you know when you hit that stride where no matter what book you pick, it ends up just sucking? Such is the place I found myself in, again, when a friend peeked through my TBR list and pointed out a few Sure Things for me to check out. Thank the Lord for Goodreads recommendations! I was intrigued by this book after seeing a few reviews pop up I put it on my list, and promptly forgot about it. I always have that head-desk moment after reading a book that I had been putting off and realize how m ...more
Laura
Feb 08, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Husband: That book's called WHITE CAT but the author's name is BLACK? Whaaaaaaaaaaat?

This is why I can't take Husband to the library.
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I normally try to refrain from all-caps declarations of love (exception: Christian Bale), but it is unavoidable and White Cat is worthy of them. This was a quick read but I had so much fun with Cassel that I immediately bought book two, Red Glove, literally right after I finished the final page of this. It's addictive - an all-male POV ya novel that's entirely credible and authentic in its voice, set amid a unique and compelling pl
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Heather
Jan 27, 2012 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012
Meh. Time has been kind to my opinion of White Cat, but I’m still not over the moon for it as so many other readers/reviewers seem to be. I can’t really put my finger on what’s missing, there’s just this general hum of something lacking. Given that, I suppose I can only provide my pros and cons list and let you readers decide for yourself.

Strong points:
1. The concept. It’s unique, interesting, and really, never before seen in YA UF, which makes it fun and fresh.
2. Cassel. He makes for an interes
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Margaret Stohl
Feb 08, 2010 Margaret Stohl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I study this book. Every sentence in it is perfect.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Mar 09, 2011 Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are looking for something other than ordinary paranormal romance
You can read this review on YA Fanatic.

YES! Score! I'm so glad I bought this book! Holly Black,where have you been all my life?

Perfection.
There were so many things I liked about this book. I don’t think I’ll be able to write this review if I don’t just name them separately.

1. Main character- I have to admit, I have a crush on Cassel from the moment he appeared shirtless and barefoot on that roof. Aside from being good-looking I like him because he seems so real. He doesn’t whine about being the
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Violante
Reading challenge 2015: #37 Libro con un color en el título.

SPOILERS, están avisados, estoy demasiado enojada para ocultarlos ahora.

Estoy frustrada. Enojada. Este año no he tenido más que fracaso, uno detrás del otro, libros que me decepcionan porque al final no eran lo que parecían, porque el final es estúpido y malo. Y sí, Gata blanca entra también entra en las decepciones.

Al principio me sorprendió, qué entretenido que era, qué fácil de leer, qué divertido, qué bien que se mantiene la tens
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Bonnie
4.5 stars

The Storyline
Cassel was born into a family of curse workers; however, he’s the outsider of the family… the one born without magic. Not to say he’s perfect…he’s become quite the con man at school and plus he did kill his best friend Lila and has lived with the guilt for the past 3 years. While at school he begins having dreams where he’s visited by a white cat that obviously wants to tell him something but Cassel isn’t paying that much attention… I mean it is just a dream, right? And the
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Mike (the Paladin)
This book is another that is hard to rate (for me). There were times I was frankly bored by it and thought it was just becoming a waste of time. Other times I thought it was very well written, had a fairly original magic system, good characters and I was completely drawn in. For a while I'd have said it was sort of "The Sting meets The Godfather meets Alphas".

My rating slid back and forth between a 2 and a 4 constantly. BUT it did keep me reading. I only skipped forward once. So...good book but
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Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Curse Workers (3 books)
  • Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)
  • Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3)

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