“Memory is slippery. It bends to our understanding of the world, twists to accommodate our prejudices. It is unreliable. Witnesses seldom remember the same things. They identify the wrong people. They give us the details of events that never happened. Memory is slippery, but my memories suddenly feel slipperier.”
White Cat is a fantasy novel written by Holly Black. It is the first book of the Curse Workers series.
Summary: Cassel’s family are curse workers – people who can influence your mind, emotions and memories by touch. Cassel may not be a worker himself, but that’s not the only thing that makes him different from the rest. He is haunted by the memories of killing a fourteen year old girl. He is a killer, and the only thing that protects him is his family. But as people who practice dark magic go, Cassel’s family has a terrible secret too. And it is about to come out!
My thoughts: If not anything else, this book is definitely quotable. I found the writing very involving, and I liked the simple but descriptive style. The ideas are fresh and well implemented. I loved the characters, especially Cassel. Then again, I would have liked to know a bit more about them, but I guess that’s the downside of reading only one book from a series. The plot is a bit ‘slippery’ and in the end you’re left wondering how the hell the book ended so fast! It somehow felt like an introductory book, rather than a separate novel all by itself. Overall, the book is an entertaining and exciting one-time read. But I don’t see myself reading the rest of the series any time soon.