*Review* Red Glove – Holly Black

Red Glove Cover Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)

Holly Black

325 pages

ISBN: 9781442403390

Read 4-26-13

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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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.

I enjoyed White Cat a lot more than I thought I was going to and I am really glad that I decided to pick this series up.  This is a great sequel and I really enjoyed it as well.  You learn a bit more about Cassel and their are great descriptions, especially concerning blow back from when he transforms things.

I like Cassel and I really feel for him at points when it comes to things, especially Lila.  Sometimes though, I just want to bonk him over his head and ask what he was thinking.  He is fun and quite sarcastic with funny quips, and he is definitely quite clever when it comes to getting things done, though somewhat reckless, but that’s part of what makes him fun.  I like all of the secondary characters, especially Sam since he is very loyal to Cassel and keeps all of his secrets.

I was surprised by a couple of things in this story, Cassel’s brother being murdered and even who murdered him.  The author did a good job not being obvious about who the murder was and really, I never suspected, so kudos there!  There wasn’t a whole lot of action, but it was still a good read and kept me interested.  I look forward to the third book and how things will be wrapping up.

Great descriptions, good characters, not much action, surprising.

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Filed under 4 Stars, Audiobook, Fantasy, Fiction, Review, Science Fiction, Young Adult

9 responses to “*Review* Red Glove – Holly Black

  1. Alright… I read Holly Blacks Fairy Tale trilogy and absolutely loved it. I tried White Cat at one point but couldn’t get into it. Now I’m going to have to try again. 🙂

    • I do want to try her fairy tale trilogy. I didn’t know about it until after started Curse Workers and I really like her, so I will definitely be reading her others 🙂

  2. My library carries this series, I would like to start it. It sounds like something I would like. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. If you like audio books at all, Jesse Eisenberg does a great job with this series.

    I wasn’t sure I would like these books, but I found them pretty original and intriguing. I’m glad to see others are enjoying them, too!


    • Actually, that is how I am reading this series! I think he definitely does a good job and he has certainly made the audio version very enjoyable 🙂

      • Oh, awesome! I’m always excited to find another listener!

      • Definitely! My favorite reader so far is Khristine Hvam, she reads Daughter of Smoke and Bone. If you haven’t listened to that one yet, I definitely recommend it 🙂

      • She’s one of my favorites, too. I downloaded the “Vampire Academy” books only because I saw she narrated them! She also does the “Iron Fey” series, which is decent.

        I LOVE “The Daughter of Smoke and Bone” series quite a bit. We’re going to host a read along over the next few weeks, and we are currently voting on the book we want to read together. It is one of the books in the running (currently in second place).

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