Is it Monday again already? I will try to keep my tired eyes open long enough to finish this post *yawn* Maybe a piece of chocolate will help…
First a Summer Reading update: 226 teens have signed up and so far have those who have participated have read over 500 books! It’s not too late to join. This is your last week to get all of your entries into the raffle box. Next week is the grand prize drawing. I think I will also have some extra prizes for top readers (surprise!). So, stop in a get your entry forms because the more you enter the better your chances of winning.
I didn’t get much reading done this past week, but I did finish White Cat by Holly Black. For me it had a bit of a slow start, but once the action picked up I couldn’t put it down! This is the first book in a new series set in an alternate reality America where some people have the supernatural ability to manipulate the minds, memories, emotions, and luck of others with the touch of a hand. Some curse workers even have the power to kill, transform, or physically injure others. Curse work is illegal, workers are feared, and most are criminals, mobsters, and con artists. Cassel Sharpe comes from a family of workers but he has no curse skill. He is an outcast, a con artist, and a murderer.
Three years ago Cassel killed his friend Lila, the daughter of a powerful worker mob boss. Since then he has carefully isolated himself from others and constructed a facade of normalcy. His protective wall crumbles when his disturbing dreams of a white cat cause him to sleep walk. He is kicked out of boarding school and sent to live with his brother. Back at his family’s home he begins to realize that things are not what they seem. He suspects that he has been worked and he sets out to uncover the dangerous secrets that his family is keeping.
This was a fascinating story with plenty of danger, mystery, and surprise twists. It’s a little like a supernatural Sopranos. A huge secret is revealed in this book and I am looking forward to seeing what happens to Cassel and his brothers in the next book, The Red Glove.
Ok, that is all my sleepy head can do for today.