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Review: RED GLOVE by Holly Black

Posted by on April 7, 2011
Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2) 
Holly Black
325 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating:  LOVED

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.

Cassel Sharpe can’t help it that his mind is full of schemes. He can’t help it that his life is full of them either. When his brother, Phillip, gets murdered, he finds himself on the other side of the law. The right side… almost.

Once again, Holly Black writes a blood-pounding thriller, with an incredible, swoon-worthy main character. You have to love Cassel, no matter how many crimes he may have committed. You have to love a criminal who wishes he didn’t have to be a criminal. And his almost best friends too – Sam and Daneca, who has a secret she’s been hiding from Sam and Cassel. And Cassel thought he was the one hiding things.

Like White Cat, I wasn’t sure what was going on until the end, and even then, I thought I had it all figured out, but I was wrong – by a long-shot. I found myself deeply engrossed in Holly Black’s latest release. The characters, the settings, the plot, everything was incredible and hooked my interest from the very first few pages. More than anything, I loved Cassel’s voice – always edgy and totally unique.

Red Glove is irresistable. From the blood-red leather glove on the front to the talk of mobs, crime families, and cons in the back, the second book in Holly Black’s Curse Workers series is dangerously good.

Haven’t read the first book in the series yet? You are so missing out.

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  1. I'm so glad you liked it! I haven't read Red Glove yet, but I'm dying to – I loved White Cat so much, it was one of my favourite books of the year! Thanks for the review – I can't wait to get a copy!

  2. This book sounds awesome! I've been wanting to read this series forever but I just haven't got the chance. I'm really going to have to get these soon…I just love the covers. Thanks for the awesome review :-D

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