Monday, June 7, 2010
White Cat is an excellent book set in a dark, gritty, and imaginative world with many delicious twists and turns. Black is an exceedingly clever writer and will keep readers rapt, wondering where she'll go next and who can be trusted. Cassel is the best sort of narrator: resourceful, sarcastic, and determined, yet he still makes mistakes and sometimes allows his pride to get the best of him. He also is fascinating in that trust is a large concern for him. He claims he’s not like the rest of his family, but yet, like them, he has issues with trusting and feels compelled to lie in order to be self-sufficient—so much so that lying is like a second nature to him. Still, his journey from ignorance to the terrible truth that his family is keeping from him is entertaining and ends up far from where readers would expect.
Black balances everything perfectly--family dynamics, secrets, betrayal, the mystery of Lila's death, Cassel's school and friends, and his feelings of helplessness. Each element of the story is complete and well-developed. And though the truth revealed at the climax of the book is stunning, when looking back readers will see that Black left a good amount of little clues and hints and support Cassel's revelation and convince readers. Everything adds up nicely, and Black’s conclusion is frustrating and exciting, and will lead to plenty of drama in book two, which will be very welcome after the very open ending of White Cat.
Cover Comments: I love this cover. Normally, I think that the black, red, and white color scheme is overdone, but this manages to be edgy and dangerous, which is what the Curseworkers are all about--fantastic!
ARC received from publisher.