Do you like noir fiction or hardboiled crime fantasy? Have a penchant for alternate worlds with three-dimensional feel like ours, populated with well-rounded characters? If yes, then this series is for you! (Okay, I know I sound like a retarded commercial, but I can’t help it).The Curse Workers Series | Holly Black
White Cat► Red Glove►Black Heart
Blurb from the first book:
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn’t got the magic touch, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
A new set of covers are released. Personally, I think the UK covers are still better.Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
Try it! Also, don’t forget to check out Lila Zacharov in 13 Pieces at the series’ official website. It’s a short story generator containing vignettes told from Lila’s POV. The stories explore Lila’s character and her relationship with the others, particularly Cassel. These are said to bridge the gap between White Cat and Red Glove.
Black Heart will be out this May 2012. :)