Book Review: Red Glove

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Title: Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)

Author: Holly Black

Summary: [from 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 Review *WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS for book 1*

It took me way too long to get from finishing the first book to reading the next. You know how I know? I had no clue what was going on as I tried to start this book. All I remember about the previous book was who did it when they solved the thing. Because of that it took me a few tries to get into it. I would start in, read a few pages, end up royally confused, and put it back down for a few days. Eventually, though, I got far enough into it and began remembering enough that I was sucked into the world of magical mobsters once again.

The world of the curse workers easily remains my favorite part of the series. The unusual mixture of crime bosses with magic leads to infinite possibilities of interesting situations. Crimes become so much more complex when a touch of a hand can change your emotions, or turn your heart to glass.

My second favorite part of this book (thouch I can’t remember enough of the last to have anything to compare it to) was the relationship between Cassel and Lila. They’re constantly back and forth between being the perfect couple and being the fake couple. I totally understand why Cassel reacts to it the way he does, but I’m not sure I’d have the self control to react the same way. And with all the liars in that family, I’m still not sure whether Lila was actually cursed or if Cassel’s mother just wanted them to think so.

Despite a slow start (due to my lack of memory) I am still SO IN LOVE with this story and it’s premise. Black Heart has moved much higher on my TBR list – I can’t wait to read more!

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5 Responses to “Book Review: Red Glove”

  1. Alissa says:

    I’m thinking the next one is going to throw you for a loop!

  2. Since you say spoilers, I’m not reading the review, BUT I just have to say that I need to read this series! Everyone seems to love Holly Black and this series, so I’ll definitely have to give it a try! :)

    • Anne says:

      I’m not sure how much of it is spoilers for this book and how much is spoilers for the last, and some people might not even call them spoilers lol. But I figure it’s better to be safe than to accidentally troll people, ya know? And yes. READ THESE BOOKS! NOW!!!

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