Saturday, 8 January 2011
Mini Review - White Cat / Holly Black
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants 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, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen. Goodreads.
Review - I love life's grit as presented in youth literature and Black has managed to brilliantly integrate the urban scrounge with fantasy elements. It makes for a compelling mix especially with her unique voice. Disregard all the surface elements and world building and you have a story that thoughtfully explores family, isolation, sacrifice and responsibility. There is a hefty amount of smoke and mirrors which weaves effortlessly around the more universal elements that struck emotional chords. Black is an author that has eluded my attention previously, however White Cat has created an appetite for her perspective on teen life within a fantastical context.
Recommendation - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with teen boys and magic - love.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover, 310 pages
Published: May 4, 2010