Review: RED GLOVE by Holly Black

RED GLOVE by Holly Black
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (April 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 144240339X
Source: Publisher
Extras: First Chapter
Rating: YYYY
Summary: Goodreads

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.


MY THOUGHTS

Holly Black returns to the uniquely twisted world of Cassel Sharpe and it is a wondrous treat. This book has many twists and unsuspecting turns that left me savoring each word like a delectable morsel and I was sad to have it end.

I will be the first to admit that I did not favor White Cat, the first book in Curse Worker's series. Although the plot was unique I found Cassel's family to be horrid and his story to be somewhat sad. So, I went into RED GLOVE with a bit of trepidation, but I need not have worried. Whatever feelings I had before seemed to have dissipated within the first chapter and the soon the story evolved into a mystery that had me eagerly devouring each page. I appreciated the unique and complex nature of this world and how well laid out the story had become and was pleasantly surprised by the unexpected twists and turns that me saying "No way!".

In this second novel the complexities of Cassel's personal relationships are better explored and I could understand and begin to appreciated his actions. It is these interactions that give this story the added warmth and depth that lures me into becoming a Cassel supporter. Yet, it is not only Cassel that I have began to embrace. I have found that I adore it whenever Sam and Daneca make an appearance and cannot seem to get enough of them. What makes my heart ache is witnessing Cassel struggle with his love for Lila, knowing that she loves him for all the wrong reasons and although you know it is wrong you cannot help but want them together...gah!!

I will conclude with saying that I had the most pleasurable time reading RED GLOVE and would recommend it to anyone in search of an adventure with the most unlikely of heroes. A great read for those that enjoy a story with a unique edge, tinged in darkness and organized crime.

3 comments on "Review: RED GLOVE by Holly Black"

Liz. R wrote: March 26, 2011 at 9:25 AM

So. Insanely. Jealous. I actually liked White Cat (though I agree Cassel's family are horrid) and can't wait for Red Glove! Glad to see you liked it :). Thanks for the review!


Anita wrote: March 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

First, I'd like to start off by saying you have one of the most morbidly BEAUTIFUL blogs I've ever seen. LOVE IT.

And yeah, I can't wait to get my mitts (pun intended) on this book! The book trailer alone was enough to make me salivate. :-)


Ella Press wrote: March 26, 2011 at 6:55 PM

This series is becoming one of my favourites. I love Cassel, and I agree with you: I loved whenever Daneca and Sam appeared, and I can't believe that she would have such a secret! It was definitely a great twist!


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