White Cat by Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: May 2010
Summary: 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 facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade 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 out-con the conmen.
Notes/Comments: I enjoyed this one. It’s starts off fast and the pacing is quite fluid, which I thought was interesting as most books that goes this route I tend to have some issues with, but this one worked here for me. I will eventually read the next in the series (as soon as I complete what I have at home).
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Why the Recommendation: White Cat offers an urban fantasy world with criminals and crime bosses. Nameless is about a mafia “princess” with supernatural elements. Nameless is a Snow White retelling.
Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
Why the Recommendation: Like Nameless, this book also focuses on the Mafia, though this one takes place in Italy. This one is greatly influence by Mediterranean mythology and also supernatural in nature.
Why the Recommendation: This recommendation comes from a very different aspect compared to the other two. In White Cat, each person has an ability they can use…. which is the same for this book though in this book the characters are referred to as Witches instead of the Curse Worker terminology in White Cat. Both Cas (in White Cat) and Tamsin (in Once a White) questions their powerless state and questions whether that in of itself is a curse.