5 Things About White Cat by Holly Black

August 8, 2016 Review 26 ★★★★

5 Things About White Cat by Holly Black
White Cat by Holly Black
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Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Publisher: Listening Library
Source: Borrowed
Length: 6 hours and 41 min
Release Date: May 4th, 2010
Series: Curse Workers #1
Genres: Family, Law & Crime, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.

Curse working is cool

Discovering new magic systems is always fun, and the characters in WHITE CAT have some creepy powers. The ability to change emotions, change memories, give off good luck, kill, and more just with a touch. Using powers also has consequences for the curse worker, which I found a really interesting and great concept (normally people with powers can just use them whenever they want).


It’s about family… crime families

The family dynamics in WHITE CAT were complicated and sometimes dark. You questioned who could be trusted, who was really loyal to their family and who was using their kin for their own gain, especially since its a crime . Nothing was ever black and white.

Suspenseful right from the start

I really struggled to put WHITE CAT down. In the first 24 hours I had this book, I listened to 75%. Not only is it fast paced, but the mystery and twists keep you hooked. I did predict some bits and pieces of the plot, but nothing ever quite worked out exactly how I expected.


Best American narration so far

After 6 months of listening to audiobooks, I have developed a much greater like for British/ British sounding accents than American. But I have to admit Jesse Eisenberg did a fantastic job. The weirdest thing was recognising the voice from movies and trying to figure out where it came from haha. But once I settled in it was easy to listen to.

I’m really looking forward to the rest of this trilogy

For one thing I love the magic system/ curses and can’t wait to explore it, and am really interested to see what happens after the events of WHITE CAT. But also MY LIBRARY HAS ALL OF THE BOOKS ON AUDIO FOR ONCE LET US REJOICE!

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WHITE CAT didn’t want to let me go. I flew through this audiobook, hooked by the mystery and suspense. It featured a really interesting magic concept and some dark, complicated character dynamics. I cannot wait to continue the story in the sequels and see what crazy, intense things go down next. 

Rating Report
Overall: 4.1

26 Responses to “5 Things About White Cat by Holly Black”

    • Bec

      His voice suites the character so much! I’m hoping to write a review of the second book soon so you’ll see XD

    • Bec

      I’m so happy the library has the sequels so I can continue! Hopefully you get to read them soon.

      Thanks :)

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    What?! Jesse Eisenberg narrates this? I really do want to try audiobooks again – maybe at the gym or something. I just lose focus easily .haha I do love Jesse’s voice though! Thanks for sharing – I’m glad to hear that you liked this one so much.

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    • Bec

      He does! I’ve been listening to audiobooks while colouring. It’s easy to focus on the story while doing something and not just listening.

  2. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    I’ve heard such great things about this book but I haven’t picked it up yet! I’ve had trouble with some of Holly Black’s other books so I’ve been nervous about this one. But man, I love the sound of that magic system so I might just have to give it a chance. Awesome review!
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    • Bec

      I haven’t read all that many of Holly Black’s other books, but i’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. I do have other authors though that I just can’t seem to get into their writing.

      Good luck if you decide to give it a go!

  3. Emma

    This looks like a great books. I have to say I may have read a book of hers in the past but I think personally it didn’t work with me very well if I seem to have forgotten it. But it does sound like something I would enjoy a lot. I think a lot of people say British is a better accent than American. Haha. Or is that just men! :P Great review.

    • Bec

      It was a lot of fun!

      I think I like British accents more because it’s closer to my Australian accent I hear every day haha. As for men vs women it doesn’t bother me.

  4. Maja

    I remember these books fondly, but the details of them escape me. It’s been a few years. I do actually own the audio so perhaps a reread is in order. Jesse is amazing.

    • Bec

      He’s narrated the first two haha. I’m about to start the third one so am not sure about that but I hope he does!

  5. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    My library has this on audio too so it’s been on my wishlist for a while but I debated if it was better to do audio or to actually read it. Now I KNOW I will be doing audio so thank you for that :D I also like British narrators better than American (and I’m Canadian, albeit a Canadian obsessed with all the British things LOL) but I’m glad to here that Eisenberg did a great job! The magic and it’s consequences and all that definitely are appealing to me, especially considering you listened to 75% in a day!!
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    • Bec

      GET IT MICHELINE! It is a really interesting book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when you listen to it :D

  6. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Jesse Eisenberg narrated this book!? Gotta admit that’s definitely got to be a little odd haha. But I’m sure you do get used to it. Not a fan of this book cover, but now that you’ve explained the concept and plot a little more, this book sounds like it’s right up my alley. It think I need to add this to my audible library asap as well! Great review Bec, glad you enjoyed it!
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    • Bec

      I got used to it super quickly! His voice works super well.

      I much prefer the UK covers. They’re minimalistic and a bit creepy haha.

      I hope you enjoy it if you end up listening to it!

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