Red Glove

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)
by Holly Black
Release date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
325 pages. Paperback ARC.
Rating: 4/5

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. He can transform anything–or anyone–into something else. That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Now she’s back, but she’s been cursed to love him. 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 find his brother’s killer. But the mob wants 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. Where can he turn when he can’t trust anyone–least of all, himself?

Once again, Holly Black grabs my attention and keeps me hanging on every page of her Curse Workers series. I loved White Cat so much, and I was psyched when this one was posted on the tour site. I jumped at the chance to review it immediately. I was not disappointed at all.

I loved Cassel in White Cat, and it was so nice to read about him again. He is such a likable character, even when he does bad things. It’s because Cassel has heart, whether he likes it or not. He actually cares and wants to do the right thing. It all the other crazy people in his life that seem to mess that up for him. He does have Daneca and Sam to back him up. They’re both really great characters with surprises of their own. He also has Lila, even if she’s been worked. It bothers Cassel to no end that he cannot tell if her feelings are genuine or the effects of curse working. Like I said, he just wants to do the right thing.

Again, I’m amazed at how Black works out all of the conning and planning. It’s really incredible how much information she gives the reader about conning. The way she presents it makes it not only entertaining, but kind of like a mystery. The reader is constantly kept guessing until the end, when all is revealed. She’s such an expert at crafting her story. I’m ready for more of this series!

Red Glove is a fast-paced urban fantasy that grabs the reader and keeps the pages turning to the very end.

Prude Filter: This book contains profanity, violence, and mild sexual content. It should be fine for teens.

Source: Around the World ARC Tours
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Other books in this series:
White Cat (Curse Workers)

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