Monday, September 19, 2011

Review: White Cat by Holly Black

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White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)
Holly Black
First published January 1st, 2010

Cassel 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 mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, 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.

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.


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.


It’s safe to say that it’s not the cover that attracted me to this book. I was actually quite surprised to see its many great reviews. Yes, I’m a book judger. Oh well. I picked this up as an audiobook and actually liked it a lot.


Some people are born as workers in Cassel’s world. Workers can “work” people with their hands. By touching someone, they can alter their memory, kill, give good luck, bad luck. You name it. Cassel is the only one in his family who is not a worker. He’s been getting these weird dreams that make him sleepwalk in very unfortunate scenarios.


I found the plot of this book very original and quite fun. I loved Cassel, the protagonist. I loved that it was a male lead. They’re so rare but they’re great. No girly angst. Cassel was charismatic and I quite enjoyed the narrative by Jesse Eisenberg. His voice was very fitting for Cassel’s character. The plot twists aren’t too difficult to figure out. But it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the story. It was still fun to walk through it with Cassel and see him figure it out.


The book isn’t dark. But i think it may be heading that way. Cassel is very innocent in the start, so I think it contributed to the lighter, fun read. By the end, though, we saw glimpses of grimier times with conspiracies and intricate politics.


I’m happy that I gave this one a chance regardless of the dreadful cover. It’s not what I expected at all. I was also told the sequel is just as good. This is one to not pass up if you like paranormal.

4/5 hot espressos


In My Mailbox (1)

Posted by on 09/19/2011 • 8 Comments

“In My Mailbox” is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I’ve received/purchased/borrowed during the current week. This is my very first IMM post. Hurrah! This week, I have received for review:      I have gotten from giveaways:        This is it for this week. I have not purchased any this week. I’ve been too busy to shop *gasp*. Yes, it is true. 🙁 What’s in your mailbox this week?

Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Posted by on 09/18/2011 • 2 Comments

Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms, #1)Kristin Cashore First published October 1st, 2008

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven…

I’m baaaack! :)

Posted by on 09/18/2011 • 1 Comment

Hello coffee beanos!!

So my surgery went great. I smelled my eyeballs burning, and now I have 20/20 vision. Worth every penny! I have to moderate my internet usage today but will be back on full time tomorrow. I wanted to do an In My Mailbox post but I’ll have to skip this week. Trying to catch up on my emails etc. Being internet-less for 3 days was awful!

Glad to be back, and looking forward to catching up with y’all!

Meanwhile I’ve been listening to these audiobooks. Reviews to come.

Glad to be back,Giselle

Blog Announcement

Posted by on 09/15/2011 • 4 Comments

Hello my fellow coffee beans!

I just want to let you know that there won’t be any blog updates for about 3 days. I’m going for Lasik surgery, so I can’t go online or read for 3 days *gasp*. I will miss my bloggers! Please don’t forget me. 🙁

See you on the other side, where things are bright and clear! 😀

xoxo,Giselle

Review: Thyla by Kate Gordon

Posted by on 09/15/2011 • 1 Comment

ThylaKate GordonFirst published April 1st, 2011

My name is Tessa. I am strong. I am brave. I do not cry. These are the only things I know for certain.

I was found in the bush, ragged as a wild thing. I have no memory – not even of how I got the long, striping slashes across my back. They make me frightened of what I might remember.

The policewoman, Connolly, found me a place in a boarding school and told me about her daughter, Cat, who went missing in the bush.

I think there is a connection between Cat, me, and the strange things going on at this school. If I can learn Cat’s story, I might discover my own – and stop it happening again.

After seeing…

WoW

Posted by on 09/14/2011 • 11 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. 

My pick this week:  

                                   Lola and the Boy Next Door                                    Stephanie Perkins                                    Release date: September 29th, 2011 

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his…

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Posted by on 09/14/2011 • 2 Comments

Anna and the French KissStephanie PerkinsFirst published December 2nd, 2010

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near – misses end with the French kiss Anna – and readers – have long awaited?

Awwwww *le sigh*. What an adorably romantic…