Hope P. , 15
Margaret K. McElderry Books 2011
Disclaimer: If you have not read White Cat do not read this review, as it contains possible spoilers. In Cassel Sharpe’s world, small populations of people are able to ‘work’ others by touching a bare hand to skin. They can control emotions, luck, memories, even life and death. Naturally, these people are outcasts and feared, usually employed by the mob and conmen. In this world, Cassel Sharpe thought his life was just returning to normal, at least, as normal as his life could possible return too. After believing he was the only non-worker in a family of mob-henchmen workers, he found he is a Transformation worker, able to transform any object into another with just a bare touch. Not only that, but his best friend and long-time crush Lila is back, and cursed to love him by his mother. But he is able to maintain a semblance of normalcy until his oldest brother is murdered. The Feds try to recruit him to help find his brother’s killer, going off their only clue of an image of a woman in red gloves. However, the Mob also wants Cassel’s talents. He is caught between the two, forced to choose to become an informant-one of the most hated things a Sharpe can become- or stick with his highly illegal roots. And there is no one Cassel can truly trust, least of all himself. Holly Black had outdone herself with this brilliant sequel and I cannot wait for the next installment in The Curse Workers.
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book