Muuuurder. Mystery. Mayhem. Or more accurately: muuurder, mystery, MOB. Let’s be real, I only read this series because of its repackaged covers. Look at them! Sure, it doesn’t really have to do anything with the books but they’re so pretty! The typography is so fancy and swirly.

Since the mob is a major part of the story, moral ambiguity comes into play and it’s great. I like that these characters are allowed to be bad, I like that the love interest is ruthless, I like that I couldn’t really connect with them. I feel like when people kill people a certain disconnect is okay, y’know? I mean, Cassel is a pretty likable and charming protagonist but I’m not exactly in a hurry to stick a “BOOK BOYF” label to him. I thought his dynamics with his family were interesting. Is blood thicker than water? Who can you trust if you can’t trust your family? Such is the life of a con artist.

I like how seamlessly Holly Black incorporates Curse Workers into the real world. I almost forgot this was a paranormal at times. I enjoyed the conflicts in the series. Prejudices and political intrigue, oh my. It’s hard to do a review of Curse Workers as a whole without giving much away. Each of the summaries for the next totally ruins the previous book. Sigh. Overall, this series wasn’t absolutely amazing but it was a very enjoyable and quick read for me.

P.S. Jesse Eisenberg narrates the audio books!

Sound: The xx- Crystalised
Glaciers have melted to the sea
(Things have gotten closer to the sun)
I wish the tide would take me over
(And I’ve done things in small doses)

I’ve been down onto my knees
(So don’t think that I’m pushing you away)
And you just keep on getting closer
(When you’re the one that I’ve kept closest)

Basically about Cassel’s turmoil. If you’ve read the books, you’ll know which one I’m specifically talking about.

18 Responses to “(my beautiful dark twisted fantasy) series review: curse workers by holly black”

  1. You hit the mark dead center with this review, Elena!! This series wasn’t completely blow-you-away-worthy, but it was still enjoyable and awesome in that guilty pleasure sort of way. Except cooler! ;) I looooooooved how the characters were allowed to be bad too! It seems like such a bad-ass lifestyle, it kind of makes me want to be a con artist. You know, if I was a curse worker and my conscience would let me LOL… x)

    Amazing review, Elena! :) I haven’t read the latest book yet, but your review is reminding me to GET ON IT soon! <3
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    • Elena says:

      Thank you, Mimi!! The grey areas of the characters was definitely what helped draw me into the books. I really enjoy reading about cons, a good one is so thrilling! :)

      Ooh, you should! I think it was a pretty nice ending. ♥

  2. I think I may have been a bit too quick to give up on this series when I couldn’t really get into White Cat. It seems as though most people have enjoyed these books so I guess it’s worth another shot. Great review! Honestly I would have bought these books for the covers alone. I know some people aren’t too pleased with the re-design, but I really like it!

    By the way, I luuurve The XX! Nice choice! ;)
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    • Elena says:

      Maybe try it again? Some people said the books get better but it felt pretty consistent to me so IDK. I think the design is so ace! I like all the designs for the book though from the original US ones to the UK, Holly Black struck gold there. :)

      YES!! I’ve been listening to them all day.

  3. Sophia says:

    Ooh, I’ve heard amazing things about this series! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it, Elena! I’ve never read any mob books, which just shows how unique this book is. I think that for me personally, if the book’s in a male’s POV, I tend not to deem them “BOOK BOYF” worthy, haha. But I’m still glad that Cassel is a likable character. I love the new covers! I can’t wait to get my hands on this series. <3 :)
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    • Elena says:

      Haha yeah, it’s hard to find someone dreamy when you’re privy to all their faults! Aren’t the new covers so pretty, Sophia? If you do read it, I hope you like it! Or semi-enjoy it, ha. :)

  4. I love these books. I still need to read the last one though. So cool that Jesse Eisenberg narrates the audio books. That makes me want to read them more.
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  5. I read White Cat awhile back when it first came out and liked it, but I’ve fallen behind on this series and in all honesty…I only remember a few things that happened in the first book, so I’d definitely have to do a reread before picking the series back up. Still, I’d like to do that, at some point!
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    • Elena says:

      Oh do try to finish it one day! I think they’re ultimately pretty fun and enjoyable to read. Plus, like I said, the summary for the books always ruin the previous so that might jog your memory. ;)

  6. Celine says:

    I NEED TO READ THIS SERIES SOON! I’ve only read Holly Black’s The Spiderwick Chronicles (and it’s MG and not YA I think?) but I really loved it. I need to read her other books soooonnn!

    Awesome review, Elena! ♥ So glad you enjoyed the series!
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    • Elena says:

      Yes! I’ve heard such good things about The Spiderwick Chronicles, I should put them on my TBR. Thanks, Celine. :)

  7. Hilda K says:

    Oh, the covers are realllyyy pretty! My eyes love how very artistic they are! ♥ I haven’t read this series yet, but I’m planning to! I liked Spiderwick Chronicles, so even though this book may have different genre, I know that the worldbuilding will be just as awesome! And how you mentioned that the characters are allowed to be bad? I love that! :)

    Lovely review, Elena! ♥

    • Elena says:

      Me too! I love how they’re not your typical YA covers. The characters actually being bad is one of my favourite parts of the series. Thanks so much, Hilda. ♥

  8. Lu says:

    The XX! I love The XX! I’ve never read these books, but I definitely like the new covers.
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  9. This is one of my all-time favorite series and I am always trying to get people to read these books. I recently heard Holly Black speak at a book fest and she said that she had a friend driver her around in the trunk of her car for research because, at some point in a mob book, someone is going to end up in the trunk. Ha!
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  10. Aylee says:

    I know how you feel about Cassel. He is one of my favourite male protags of all time, but it’s certainly not because he is a good person. It’s because he was unique in that he was not a good person entirely and yet I somehow still found myself feeling sympathy for him and rooting for him. An all around strong series!

  11. I ADORE these new covers. I think they’re so pretty! And I’m interested in checking out this series, but I do have that never ending TBR list to tackle, so I guess it’s going to have to wait. You’ve made me very curious though!
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