Red Glove by Holly Black

22 Apr

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Released: April 5th, 2011
Genre: YA paranormal
For review from publisher.

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.

From Simon and Schuster website.

Mghdfft  hgfdtres  kdmskff!!!!

What, you didn’t understand that? Sorry. I was just eating my words. Enjoying some crow. Having a slice of humble pie. See, I didn’t like Holly Black’s White Cat AT ALL. It got a kinda snarky review from me. Then the second book in her Curse Workers’ series, Red Glove landed as a surprise on my doorstep. I figured, meh I’d at least give it a go. And I did. And I finished it. And I loved it. And now I feel a bit like an ass.

I don’t know, maybe I was in a bad head space when I read the first book. Or maybe the second book is just a lot better. Either way, I was totally surprised by how engaging and addictive Red Glove was. From the opening pages I was drawn into Cassel’s world. Black did an excellent job of making a somewhat dodgey guy likable.  Cass isn’t very moral and doesn’t always walk on the right side of law and society, but he’s not a bad guy compared to some of the other characters that we meet. And he’s struggling to be a better guy, he is. It’s just that sometimes it’s easier not to be.

I really enjoyed the whole whodunnit aspect of the plot and I thought it was great that even though there are good guys and bad guys, things aren’t always black and white. Everything tends to be shades of gray and that makes it really hard for the characters to even know if what they are doing is the right thing or not.

If you like your YA paranormal gritty and dark and just a bit dangerous, then you should like Red Glove.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some more pie to eat.


5 Responses to “Red Glove by Holly Black”

  1. A Buckeye Girl Reads April 22, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    Don’t you just love it when a book proves you wrong and you end up loving it? I’ll have to check out this series now. 🙂

    • lavenderlines April 22, 2011 at 9:30 am #

      Yeah, usually when I dislike the first book in a series I dislike the rest of the books. This was definitely a new experience for me.

  2. Cat April 22, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Well, hmm. I didn’t like White Cat much either. In fact I even happily donated that book to the Faculty Of Education’s YA library at work. ha! You have me somewhat curious about Red Glove now. I have no plans to buy it but I think I might think twice about borrowing it if I ever see it in the library.

    • lavenderlines April 22, 2011 at 9:29 am #

      Yeah, I donated my copy of White Cat, too. I’d say get it from the library some time and give it a go.

  3. Michelle April 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

    You know, I wasn’t a huge fan of White Cat either. In fact, I ended up having to re-read passages of White Cat before I started Red Glove to refresh my memory of the story. I thought the second book was MUCH better than the first. I think part of it is that it made more sense. I found the Curse Work easier to understand this time around, whereas I struggled to understand the big deal in the first book. I am quite anxious to find out what happens next!

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