Publisher: Margaret K. McElderberry Books
Published: May 4, 2010
Series: The Curse Workers (1)
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CASSELL 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 Cassell. 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.
Cassell 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 want 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 Cassell begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassell will have to outcon the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic, where a single touch can bring love–or death–and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
Doing this review bullet point style as these are the thoughts that came to me while I was reading.
- Cassell seems to be subtly looking down in contempt on his classmates and anyone who was not brought up in the lifestyle that he was.
- The suggestion that a 14 yr old pierces his ear in a hotel room is absurd. It’s even more absurd he agrees to it. Ain’t that much puppy love in the world and the whole scene reminds me of the exact same scene in the Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap.
- The story is fascinating. Though the world could have been explained more thoroughly, I still really liked it.
- I felt bad for Cassell and his relationship with his brothers. I think I’d be devastated to discover my siblings had been manipulating me almost my entire life.
- I still don’t get the purpose of the sister-in-law. Her parts in the book made absolutely no sense to me. They were confusing and I still don’t understand how and why she was hearing music. Her parts could be eliminated from the story and no one would be the wiser.
- Overall all I enjoyed the book and will be continuing the series.
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