Red Glove by Holly Black

Red GloveTitle: Red Glove

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Crime/Paranormal

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Pages: 325

Rating: 5/5

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.

As soon as I finished the first book in the Curse Workers series, White Cat, I wanted to get my hands on the next book in the series. Luckily for me, I read the book right before the second book came out. This time I wasn’t so lucky – I have to wait almost an entire year to discover what happens next. Despite that, it couldn’t change how much I loved this book.

Many people often complain about the second book in series or trilogies (I think this may be a trilogy but I can’t remember right now), but I didn’t really have a problem with this. The story caught my interest immediately, and I read this book in three days, despite school breaking up reading opportunities. I might be slightly biased since I loved the first book a lot and the concept really interests me, but even if I’m biased that doesn’t change my love for this book. There are a lot of characters in this book that interest me, and you can’t help but like many of them, though they are by no means good people. They may not be the bad guys of the story, but they do bad things, and maybe that’s one of the things that interest me the most. I prefer grey characters, it’s much more realistic.

I also liked the mystery of figuring out who was the red glove-wearing murderer who killed Cassel’s brother. I’m not always the greatest at solving mysteries unless the clues are right in  front of me, so maybe the mystery wasn’t as difficult to figure out for really perceptive people, but I didn’t figure out the identity until a mere page or two before it was revealed. I like to be kept guessing though, and I thought it was a great mystery wrapped up in the other drama of Cassel’s life.

To sum it up, I thought this was a great book and can’t wait for the next one. This isn’t as long as my reviews normally all but that’s because I can’t think of anything else to say other than sing my praises. Maybe it’s because I just finished the book and haven’t had a lot of time to process it, but I wanted to write this review while most of the feelings were still fresh.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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