Saturday, April 7, 2012

Review: Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)
 Title: Red Glove
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Date: April 5th 2011
Pages: 325
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery
Series: Curse Workers #2
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

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.


Holly Black does it again. This book was as good as if not better than the first. The story continues with more twists, more conspiracies, and more secrets.

Cassel has come a long way since his story began. He knows the truth about the past, most of it anyways, and he is aware of his own ability. In the second installment Cassel finds himself in between the mob and the FBI. The mob wants him for his ability, the FBI wants him for his ability, and Cassel just wants to stay out of trouble and away from the curse workers life.

In this book we see quite a bit more of Lila and Cassel’s other friends. We also get to see a little bit of his him life and a little bit more of his family. Cassel is the same boy from the first book, except he is now aware of what he can do and what has happened in the past. He now has Lila in his life and even though that thrills him, he doesn’t believe that she is there on her own free will.

The first book was the mystery around Lila; this book surrounds the murder of Cassel’s brother. The only clue the feds have for this murder is a video showing a woman with a red glove. Cassel is desperate to find out who killed his brother while staying alive himself.

I love Cassel and it's great to see an awesome mystery and a lovable male protagonist. I love this series and will be reading the last installment, Black Heart, really soon.


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