Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. 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, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. 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. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone—least of all, himself?
Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.
I have to say I enjoyed this book. Holly creates such an interesting world of people. Very unique by today standards. I find the Curseworker world to be very intriguing. Imagine having to wear gloves all the time. I'm not sure I could do it lol. Not to be able to feel the touch of a hand or a brush of the finger across your cheek, without the fear of them working you.
The story is not overly jaw dropping, but entertaining enough to keep me reading and making me want to read more of the series. It's almost like a slow and steady build up of whats to come and I'm invested enough now to to want to know what's coming.
I love Cassel. He's too dang hard on himself and takes too much blame upon himself, but it's hard not to love him. You just end up doing so. Now his family on the other hand, are aggravating little annoyances lol. Sam and his grandfather remind me of an old comfortable chair and blanket. People who are always there for Cassel without wanting something in return.
The characters who I find the most interesting are Lila and Daneca. Daneca is a mystery a Curseworker who is trying desperately not to be one. Lila I can't figure her out. I can't decide if she's good or bad. I'm still on the fence on that one. I guess I will find out in later books.
Books Website: Curseworkers
Author's Website: Holly Black