Saturday, March 26, 2011

White Cat

I finally read a book by Holly Black. I thought that was going to be her Tithe series, but I was following her blog about Black Heart—the third book in her Curse Workers series—so I picked up the first book, White Cat. Needless to say, I was hooked. I blew through the book in two days. It's nice to read a teen paranormal that has a different kind of premise, because frankly I am really sick of all the But-mine-are-different knockoffs. Sick of it enough that I am tired of mentioning how sick of them I am.

Unfortunately, I totally saw every plot twist coming from a mile away. But it didn't bother me. It was what needed to happen, and it was a great story. The last paragraph was a doozy though, THAT one I didn't see coming.Good set up for the next books.

I really liked this book from a writer's perspective. I don't know if it's unfair to mention this in a review, but I will anyway. I could see the structure of the book as I was reading it, and while that may turn people off I thought it was really interesting. I want to read it again specifically to focus on that, and see if it will help me out any in my own writing. I think structure is difficult (hell, WRITING is difficult), so really going through a book to see how someone else did it—successfully—sounds like a good idea to me.

Short post. Moral of the story: read it.

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