Review: RED GLOVE by Holly Black

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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    April 7, 2011

    Nancy is the one on the blog that has read this one, but I did read White Cat and LOVED that one. I just love Holly Black's writing.

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    April 7, 2011

    Great comments! This is a new book to me, but I think I'll add it to my wish list! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

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    Lucia (iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books)

    April 7, 2011

    I'm still in the middle of White Cat! Glad to hear Red Glove is good! Looking forward to reading it. :)

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    The Story Queen

    April 8, 2011

    Great review! I loved WHITE CAT but I haven't gotten a chance to get started on this one yet. I'm definitely looking forward to it.

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    Liz. R

    April 8, 2011

    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!

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    February 9, 2012

    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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    Bonnie Regan

    March 28, 2012

    I LOVE this series and am absolutely ecstatic that Black Heart comes out in less than a week. It's going to epic (I hope) :D

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    November 12, 2012

    I love this series! I still haven't read this one but I so want to.

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    Lawren Bokman

    December 12, 2012

    Good review, the covers are really interesting but I have to say I like the new ones.

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    January 17, 2013

    I just ADORE this series!!! It's SO bloody good.