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Could encourage some good discussions about violence and its impact on readers.

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See our "What to Talk About" section for some specific ideas. This has some pretty classic good versus evil stuff as Cassel tries to find out what's happening to him -- and what happened to the love of his life. Most of the characters in this novel are manipulators who cannot be trusted, but Cassel is different. When something doesn't add up, Cassel does all he can to trace his steps and make things right. He is loyal, loving, and forgiving to his family and friends. Guilt-ridden characters self-mutilate; people beat one another up in descriptive and graphic bloodshed fist fights; characters use knives and guns.

There are discussions of characters who have been murdered. A character is physically abusive to Lila and tries to kill her. Cassel's longtime love Lila exudes sexuality and is extremely flirtatious. It's hinted at that people are having sex. Passionate kissing takes place between couples.

Most of the characters drink alcohol. The main character's granddad is an alcoholic who frequently drinks until he passes out. People smoke cigarettes and a stranger does "a line of coke" in the bathroom at a party. There is a reference to kids doing LSD.

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However substance abuse is not glamorized and there are consequences for those who use. Parents need to know that this series starter features violence that is disturbing at times. Some characters self-mutilate as an act of penance for wrongful deeds. The main character, Cassel is manipulated into killing others. He is repeatedly belittled and betrayed by his brothers and a close family friend who use physical and emotional abuse to get him to do things he doesn't want to do.

There's a reference to kids doing LSD. Add your rating See all 1 parent review. Add your rating See all 3 kid reviews. Cassel Sharpe comes from a family of curse workers -- powerful people who can apply magic with the touch of their bare hands. Cassel has no powers of his own, but his mother can make anyone fall in love with her, while one of his brothers, Barron, can alter memories. In fact, all his family members are curse workers.

And while it is illegal to perform curse work in the states, he begins to suspect he's been worked: His brothers have led him to believe that he has killed his childhood friend and longtime love, Lila. Although he has no recollection of doing so, Cassel vividly remembers standing over her body, knife in hand and covered in blood. Later, he wakes to find himself hanging on the edge of a roof in his underwear after dreaming of chasing a white cat. When Cassel is suspended from school for psychological instability, he decides to unravel the mystery of the white cat that's been following him.

He must retrace his steps to figure out who he can really trust and to satisfy his unanswered questions about what really happened to Lila. Readers will feel both anxiety and empathy for characters who are taken advantage of. Although her novel starts slowly, it accelerates toward the book's conclusion with unexpected surprises. There is a lot of plot to follow here, and the narrator's memory loss makes following the story even more challenging.

But teens willing to do a close reading will be rewarded. They will feel their adrenaline rush as each chapter takes an unforeseen turn -- and anxiously await the next installment, Red Glove. Families can talk about the violence in this book. So, forget my dramatics for a moment.

Let's talk about Cassel. He's the type of guy who sits back and watches, observes, cases the joint before he makes a move. He's got a dead best friend who he has vague memories of murdering, but has no idea how or why , two big brothers that pretty much treat him as a disposable pawn in an endless chess game for power, and a evilly crazy Also, he's not a Worker - in a world where people can crush your mind, break your bones and make you fall madly in love with an angel-faced sinner And he's having dreams about a haunting white cat, a cat that bites out his tongue, scratches at him and speaks in a familiar voice.

Telling him things about himself that he's quite sure isn't true. The supporting cast is as much a focus as Cassel himself. This book gives us a mafia world that Gabrielle Zevin only scratched upon within the pages of All These Things I've Done which I relatively enjoyed - for me, but not as much as this. Everyone acts within character, you get what I mean?

There's not a moment where the reader feels thrown off and goes, "Wait a minute. That type of person wouldn't do that. There is hardly a hitch in the thread of the story. The story starts with a bang, but it doesn't go out with a whimper.

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This is complete mind-bending storytelling at its best. I'm not sure how many times I can say that without sounding completely nutso and pretentious myself. One of the main bones I had to pick and this is rather minor was White Cat's category.

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In the inside of the book, it's classified as "Science Fiction". Scott Westerfield blurbed the back cover. That was enough to make me anticipate genetic engineering, mad inventions and lab-tech hijinks of all sort.

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What I did get, though, was something more along the lines of a world with a bit of fantasy within its ordinary foundation - special abilities, prophetic dreams. Not the same thing, people. Unless there's something I missed. It does happen, you know. The only other thing is the unhappy ending. For Cassel, at least. Well, maybe it's not an unhappy ending for him as much as for me, because I'm all true love perseveres and the evil witch falls off a tower and happy-happy credits rolling as we exit the movie theater.

Holly Black seems to function more realistically - the hero doesn't always get everything he wants. It happens. I know it does. But if you're expecting for everything to magically fall into place and for you to close the book with a satisfying sigh and a hand clutched to your heart with sheer joy and faith in humanity On the bright side, there are two more books to carve through, so I'm not completely writing the poor boy off.

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Authors can be merciful. The plot. God, I could wax poetic on it for days and not give it full justice. This is the type of book I want to be able to write. Kaye M. Top Reviewer 14 reviews. Now I wear gloves. December 03, I heard so many great things about this book I was almost afraid to start it. I'm glad I did, though, because I ended up loving it to pieces. The characters were smart, endearing, and left me suspicious of everyone who does not wear gloves.

And everyone in general. The rest of this series is on my automatic "to buy" list. Jodi Meadows Top Reviewer 35 reviews.

tcpassessment.com/images/mejores-sitios/4687.php November 24, Cassel Sharp is a con artist in a family of curse workers and mobsters. He's the odd man out. The only one who isn't a worker. But when a terrible crime committed three years ago starts to unravel, everyone around Cassel has a secret they'd kill to keep. Even Cassel. It's a refreshingly unique premise. The world building is superb as we've come to expect from Ms. The stakes are high.

And Cassel is a flawed, smart, dangerous, GOOD guy and living in his skin for the duration of this story is an adventure I'd willingly repeat any time. Unexpectedly delightful! August 21, It took me a good pages to get into this book. Now, mobster-like stories aren't exactly my thing, but after hearing so many good things about the TITHE series, I had to give this book a shot.

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I could tell immediately that the writing was great. It is told in the present tense with great description and detail. The plot just didn't excite me much. I pushed this book to the side several times but then I told my self, "Hey, you have to read this.

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This book really picks up and gets exciting towards the middle. By that point all the questions you have about 'workers' are pretty much answered. This book has so many unexpected twists.

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