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by Holly Black
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I loved Holly Black's faerie books when I read them a few years ago so, after reading the synopsis of this series, I had high expectations. While I listened to this on "tape", read by Zombieland's Jesse Eisenberg (whose voice is definitely not made for reading out loud and was probably only chosen for "star power") which undoubtedly effected my reception of the book, how this story was told was still weird and boring and I couldn't care about any of the characters or the world they live in. It started out alright but about 60% in, I was just like ughhhhh get on with it and stop with the dream sequences. They have neat names though.
Mobsters, curses, and a young man who isn't entirely sure who the players in the game are, but has every intention of working the con. A great, fast paced read with excellent characters and a shifting reality. I can't wait to see where she goes next with this series.
Enjoyable and engaging, just as I expected from Holly Black. Her approach to the real and active presence of magic throughout the world's history is unexpected and unusual and convincing, and her hero is cleverly rendered and sometimes frustratingly believable. I love the glimpse into confidence games and organized crime, but I'm not altogether pleased with the love interest. So far, I find her annoying, but I'm hopeful the next book or two will serve to make her more interesting.
First read this book ages ago but just reread the whole series and am just now writing reviews....
Anyway. I liked this book a lot. The curse workers premise is interesting and is explained well with minimal made up lingo like you tend to get in some altered reality/dystopian book settings. I enjoyed reading about all the characters (even the not so nice ones) and the story was exciting.
A big theme in this book is the idea of groups, and of loyalty. This gets talked about with Cassel (who by the way I was mentally calling Castle the whole time because I was listening to the audiobook and didnt know how to spell his name) and how he fits in/doesnt fit in with his school peers, family, and in society. I found all of this very interesting. The book also looks at ideas about right and wrong in a somewhat unique way which I also enjoyed.
One more thing, I hate this book cover (when will I stop complaining about book covers? probably never) because it shows the main character as white, which he is not, and the cat as fluffy, which it is not. Failure.
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When Cassel Sharpe discovers that his older brothers have used him to carry out their criminal schemes and then stolen his memories, he figures out a way to turn their evil machinations against them.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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And it definitely sent me on to reading the next one. ( )