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.