by Holly Black
Simon and Schuster
Suggested Ages: 13 +
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Description:Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.
That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone—least of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose
The Good Stuff
- Love the cover (the one for White Cat was awesome too!)
- Wonderful dry humour
- Intriguing storyline, fascinating world the author has created
- Cassel is such a wonderful rich character and he is even more well developed in this installment of the series. Very conflicted and tortured yet still somewhat hopeful and decent
- nice commentary on prejudices and persecution of those that are different. Sort of reminds me of the X-Men series and the persecution of the mutants (yes I am a nerd thank you very much)
- Love Cassel's grandfather and I think Black needs to write more scenes with him
- The character of Zacharov has been fleshed out and made more interesting
- Hell of a cliffhanger -- guessing there is going to be another book in the series
- Story will appeal to both males and females
- Lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing
- Got a kick out of the sly mention of the character from her writing pal Cassie Clare's series
- Cassel's family is pretty much incredibly awful and I find it hard that Cassel can find redeeming qualities in them - with the exception of his grandfather
- Things jumped around a lot and I got lost a couple of times -- but this is just me and I am a Mom who doesn't get a lot of sleep
- Honestly I was a little frustrated at times with the story, but can't put my finger or explain what bothered me - there was just something missing
"I just told him that Sam and I had a project to do together and that the common room was too noisy. He said as long as we kept the door open and actually studied, he didn't mind."
"Nerds get away with everything," Sam says."
"I like that Sam doesn't lied to his girlfriend. I like that they are in love. I even like the way that Daneca gets on my case."
"That stoner dude, Jace, says he hooked up with someone over the summer," Kevin whispers. "But I hear all the pictures he's showing around are really pictures of his half sister. Fifty bucks says there's no girlfriend."
What I Learned
- My family -- not so bad compared to the Sharpe's
- This is one that will definitely appeal to the YA crowd.
- Obviously those who enjoyed White Cat, will also enjoy this
I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review