Monday, June 20, 2011

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

Book:  Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)
Author:  Holly Black
Release date:  April 5, 2011
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 325
Source:  Publisher

Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe’s world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth—he’s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything—or anyone—into something else.

That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she’s human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila’s been cursed to love him, a little gift from his emotion worker mom. And if Lila’s love is as phony as Cassel’s made-up memories, then he can’t believe anything she says or does.

When Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clue—crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel too—they know how valuable he could be to them. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone—least of all, himself?

Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

SPOILER ALERT:   If you have not read the first book in this series, do not read this review!

Red Glove is probably one of the best sequels I have read.  Normally I feel really let down after reading a sequel to a book that I loved. That was not the case with this one. I loved it and I am dying to see what happens in Black Heart.

Cassel Sharpe has some problems in his life.  The girl he loves is cursed to love him, his mom is going to get thrown back in jail if she keeps up the way she is, and now the feds want him to help find his brothers killer.  And they really want his help.  Enough to blackmail him into doing what they want.  Now that he has that to worry about it’s hard to focus on anything else.  Until Lila shows up at Wallingford.  Cassel is pretty sure things can’t get any worse but boy is he wrong.

I love Cassel. He is so funny, in a self-deprecating way.  Red Glove has a lot of things going on in it but I never felt overwhelmed when reading it because of Cassel.  The way he tells the story is very easy to get into and very hard to stop reading. He is a great main character and it’s hard not to like him.  His story is a very interesting one and while a lot was revealed about his past in this book I feel like there is still a lot more to come.

The rest of the characters kind of paled in comparison to Cassel. I did not like most of them.  I only really liked Sam and Daneca.  The rest of the characters seemed very cold-hearted and just wanted to use Cassel. I hope I grow to like them more in the next book.

Overall, Red Glove is a fantastic follow-up to White Cat.  Holly Black has crafted a wonderful world of curseworkers and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for them next.

First line:  I don’t know whether it’s day or night when the girl gets up to leave.

Rating:  A

Cover:  A

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  1. lovecurse

    Revenge heals all wounds some scientists say human beings are genetically wired for it. Dont feel guilty about the pain you are about to bestow on the one who hurt you, they deserve it. Take your time, contemplate the punishment to fit the crime and plot your moves. You will be healed of the silent fury that runs through your veins. Your sleepless nights and mental scars will fade.

  2. Christina Kit.

    Holly Black is one of those authors who don’t disappoint. Her characters and the plots she keeps making more and more intricate are a huge part of why I love her!!

    I loved this series!! I love Cassel and his voice and I love how the other characters were making everything hard for him. Made me root for him more and more and fall for him!!

    Lovely review 🙂

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