White Cat by Holly Black

If you've been following the Cybils for a few years, you'll no doubt be familiar with returning Cybil-ite Leila Roy of Bookshelves of Doom, who is a Round I Judge for Science Fiction and Fantasy (YA). Besides her thoughtful and humorous book reviews, Leila also hosts The Big Read (sort of a virtual reading discussion group), contributes reviews to Guys Lit Wire, and has published a YA short fiction 'zine, the TBR Tallboy. In her day-to-day life, she's a librarian in Maine.

WhiteCat One of her reviews was of YA Science Fiction and Fantasy nominee White Cat (The Curse Workers, Book 1) by Holly Black. It's the story of Cassel, the only one in his family not working for the criminal underworld of the curse workers. In her review, Leila says:

It has a cool and well-thought-out magic system — I always like it when magic has consequences, because then it's not so easy — a lot of atmosphere, and Cassel's voice has the classic tone of a noir hero.

Click here for the full review.