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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: White Cat by Holly Black (Audio)

Publication Date: 5-11-2010
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Pages: N/A
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
Challenge: N/A

Goodreads Summary:
The first in a trilogy, this gritty, fast-paced fantasy is rife with the unexpected. Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty—he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas—and a plan to con the conmen

I have to start by saying I LOVE the narrator of this audiobook!  The book itself was okay, but the narrator was great.  Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) was an amazing voice for Cassel.  It made him feel more like a teenager.  I don’t know, just my opinion.  Anyway, I have to admit that I’m not that big into this whole curse-worker thing, but the synopsis of the story sounded interesting.  It was definitely interesting!  Cassel is trying to figure out what his brothers are keeping from him, who he is, and what the con game is.  He’s trying to determine if he’s been conned his entire life and doesn’t know it.

The audiobook was enjoyable, mainly due to the narrator.  I became more engaged in the story towards the end when we find out what is all going on.  I couldn’t help but want to find out everything.  The beginning was a little slow-going for me, but it definitely picked up towards the middle and exploded at the end.  Even though the first book wasn’t that intriguing to me, I will likely pick up the second to see where it starts after the first one ended.  There is so much more I want to say about it, so much to describe, but I don’t want to spoil it for you.  I would say pick this one up and give it a try.  You might be surprised.

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