I wasn't sure what to expect from Holly Black's new book, White Cat, but I'd heard lots of good things about it, so I was excited when my name came up on the waiting list at my library. It features a teen named Cassel who comes from a family of curse workers - people with magical abilities who can influence others in various, usually undetectable ways. Cassel keeps hoping his abilities will show up at some point, as everyone in his family is fairly powerful, but for now he keeps busy at his private school, running betting rings and trying not to think about something horrific he did in the past. When he wakes up on the roof of his dorm, having been dreaming about following a white cat, and nearly plummets to his death, things in his life quickly become complicated. Nothing is what it seems in this dark and twisting tale. It's a page turner that will keep you guessing until the very end.
White Cat by Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010)