Book Review: Red Glove by: Holly Black

Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2)
Publisher: Margaret k. McElderry
Publish Date: 5 April 2011
Origins: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Series: Curse Workers Series: White Cat (1), Red Glove (2)

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.

I loved White Cat so when I got Red Glove I was super excited to see how it was going to go. The author jumps right back into the story without much recap. You can read this on it's own but it would be much easier to understand if you started with the first book. This book has a sort of mystery noire feel, just enough that you can taste it. I loved the concept of the curse workers and the gangsters. I just love this whole series concept.

The story is pretty mysterious and there are a lot of decisions that need made in this book and I was shocked at Cassel's ability to handle everything. I was also intrigued by his ability to do the right thing even though he is a self-admitting bad guy. I adore Cassel as a character, I can't wait to see what other adventures he gets into.

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  1. Great review. I haven't read this series yet but I've heard good things about it.

  2. LOVE cassel. lila is so mean sometimes!

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