Seth writes . . .
Like seeks likes, so I guess that’s why I picked up the book WHITE CAT, by Holly Black. It’s not my usual type of read, but Cassel Sharpe, the main protag, is like me. He also comes from a pretty unsavoury family.
In his case, his parents, brothers, and grandfather are curse workers. Meaning? At the touch of a finger they can kill you, manipulate your emotions, blast your luck, or even make you hurt yourself. Nice.
As far as Cassel knows, he’s ‘straight’, but that doesn’t exactly make him a trustworthy character. And I think this is where I struggled with him at first. You see, I'm essentially an honest guy. I don’t cheat or lie, and I always keep my promises. Cassel however makes up for his lack of curse skills by being a con artist. A pretty slick one too, given that he’s only seventeen. You'll definitely pick up a few tips on how to work people over from this book.
Once I got my head around that side of his character, I enjoyed reading how he dealt with his curse. Yes, you guessed it. You can’t be in a family like that and hope not to get cursed. I have the same problem with my lot. (But that’s another story . . . it’s called Cursed and it will be published soon. Watch this space for release date details.)
Back to Cassel. He’s convinced he killed the girl he loved when he was thirteen-years-old. Of course things are never as they seem, and that's what makes this such a good read. I was very quickly pulled into the story, and at times had to stop reading because the tension became nail-biting, and my nails are ragged enough already. I know, I sound like a wuss, but when books get too tense, I leave them and come back later.
By the end of White Cat, I was rooting for Cassel to win. And he did – kinda. But as this is a series, I guess it made sense that he was left dealing with more dirt dished out by – yeah, you got it - his family.
I must say there was one character (no names or it will spoil it for you) whom I really detested. As Cassel says, he’d like to transform him into a piece of pizza and then feed him to the kids in the restaurant booth next door! Agreed. All in all, a great read and I can’t wait for the next one, RED GLOVE. I hope he kicks some butt. It will make me feel better about my own situation.