RED GLOVE by Holly Black

Posted 25 June, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 5 Comments

YA Paranormal
325 pages
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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.

Positive: The twisty turns of this story. There are layers upon layers within this novel. Not so much that it gets confusing (though it is helpful to have read the first novel in The Curse Workers series) but enough to cast doubt and create a fabulous mystery.

Positive: Cassel. He’s not a good guy but he’s good in comparison to his crazy family. He’s not a bad guy but he’s bad when compared to most non-workers. I do love a good anti-hero, someone who’s forced into terrible situations with ugly choices, who has to use his head to survive. Go Cassel.
Positive: Sam. Sam’s awesome — a super-normal guy who’s a little freaked out about his roomie Cassel and his powers but Sam hangs in there, and gives Cassel his first real friend.
Wish: I wish I’d read this book earlier! I totally meant to. After all, it’s been sitting on my shelf since April and I loved WHITE CAT. So why didn’t I pick it up until yesterday? Poor book had other books shoved in front of it and I completely missed it. Thank goodness for summer reading!

Overall: I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did. But it completely rocked–I couldn’t put it down! Can’t wait for BLACK HEART, which comes out in 2012 (Scheduled for April at the moment).
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5 Responses to “RED GLOVE by Holly Black”

  1. Ah I can’t believe I still haven’t read this yet! I loved White Cat so much, but I just haven’t had the chance. Glad you enjoyed it, I can’t to get reading!

  2. I’m such a big fan of anti-heroes too Mary, I get sucked in by them every time. I’ve been meaning to start this series, I have White Cat sitting on my shelf and I really need to get to it! I want to meet Cassel:)

  3. I had really enjoyed White Cat and have been meaning to read the sequel, but then kind of forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll have to get a hold of it.