Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review: Red Glove

Red Glove
Curse Workers #2
Holly Black

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.

Rating: 4/5

“You are the best kind of killer, Cassel Sharpe, the kind that never has blood on his hands. The kind that never has to sicken at the sight of what he's done, or come to like it too much.”

“You're like this leopard who's pretending to be a house cat.”

“The truth is messy. It's raw and uncomfortable. You can't blame people for preferring lies.”

My Thoughts:
Sometimes the second book in a trilogy can seem like a filler in between the first and final book. This book is in no way that. Red Glove blew me away. This story was so brilliantly weaved, just like the first. It continues in Cassel's dark world of con-men and mobsters, that I have been totally sucked into. The Curse Workers Trilogy is quickly becoming one of my favorite series of all time.

1 comment:

  1. I tried reading this but I got bored for some reason. The cover totally creeps me out so I don't think I'll try this again any time soon..

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words


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