Book Budget No. 10

Sixteen-year-old Hanna Järvinen is an unusual girl with a head full of hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet full of frilly, violet dresses. Everything a girl needs–except love. But that’s what mothers are for, and Hanna is sure she can reconcile with hers, even though she was abandoned as a baby.

Unfortunately, her mother lives in Portero, an odd East Texas town with doors that lead out of the world, flesh-eating creatures, and parasitical spirits–not an ideal environment for winning a mother’s love.

Hanna, however, refuses to let a few monsters interfere with her plans. If she has to flirt a little, lie a little, kill a little, or even bleed a little, she’ll do it. Hanna can live with monsters and mayhem, but she would rather die than live without love.

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.


  1. that's cool

    i have no idea how to post video online, lol


  2. Carrie, you may want to check out my review for further information on White Cat. And you're right, it's awesome!

  3. I found Bleeding Violets a bit to weird for my liking but White Cat looks really good as I quite enjoy Holly Black's Work

    BTW - We read the majority of the same books , looking at your Book Archive down the side Ive read 36 of them :)

  4. I'm always happy to meet someone with the same taste in books. Welcome!

  5. I may really need to read White Cat. I used to read Holly Black, but got caught up in about a billion different other books I've needed to read in intervening years.

    I like your style of reviewing and previewing books, and while I seem to have very little overlap in terms of reviewing, I definitely like reading what you have to say.

    I know it's probably not quite YA, but have you ever read Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore? It's not as deep or as heavy as the others on this list, but it's amusing, to say the least, and Moore's good with details.

    In any case, thanks for pointing me in your direction!

    -- Caius

  6. Thanks, Caius. I'll look into your recommendation.


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