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White Cat by Holly Black
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Mar 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-read, young-adult, urban-fantasy
Read in March, 2011

Cassel is from a family of curse workers and is the only one that doesn’t have the magic touch. He’s the outsider in the family and has never been especially close to either of his brothers. After a sleepwalking incident at school, he is put on medical leave and returns home to live with his grandfather. He starts having disturbing dreams and he keeps running into a white cat who reminds him of Lila, a girl he murdered years ago.

At school Cassel tries his best to be normal and fit in but deep inside he knows that he’s different. Because of the relationship he has with his family its hard for him to make friends and trust people. Add to the fact that he’s still struggling with the guilt of murdering Lila. She was his best friend and he has no memory why he killed her or the events of what happened that night.

I loved the world that Holly Black created. Magic is illegal and all workers have to wear gloves as they do magic with their hands. Workers are discriminated against so are taken advantage of and recruited to by the big crime families. At times the story did get confusing as nothing is really what it seems but what’s great about that is that it also kept me guessing. Once Cassel figures out that something’s not right and things aren’t adding up his brothers seem more and more suspicious. They’re hiding something from him and Cassel is determined to get to the bottom if it.

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