Author: Holly Black
Format: Audiobook from Audible
Release Date: April 2011.5 Stars: I LOVED this book!!
Curses and Cons. Magic and the Mob.
Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else. That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does.
When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive.
I really enjoyed Jesse Eisenhower narrating this book. When I told a friend who the narrator was, they couldn't imagine him as Cassel. I can see the valid point there, but after listening, I completely get it.
Everything about this book just pulled me in and dropped me ten feet under ground. There is betrayal, intrigue, forbidden love, murder, weird friends, excitement, disturbing people, and crazy family members. Who wouldn't like this series? Mix the mob, paranormal, and a parallel dimension and you have a great read. The story is dark, and I had no idea who the murderer was! I love not being to put it all together till the end, I had predictable stories. I really like how Cassel makes me laugh! I love hearing this story through his point of view. Black leaves you with a cliffhanger, and I can not wait for Black Heart!
synopsis from Goodreads