Review * Red Glove by Holly Black

August 30, 2012 Reviews 14 ★★★★

Review * Red Glove by Holly BlackRed Glove by Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on April 5, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 325
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: White Cat, Black Heart
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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 do not like to put spoilers in my review, but as this is the second book in the series there are spoilers from the first book, White Cat.

What I Thought…

  • I enjoyed Red Glove more than White Cat.
  • Cassel is probably one of my favorite characters ever. There is just so much to him. He wants to be good but there is so much in his past that is not good and I love the way he struggles with everything. I love that he wants to do the right thing for everyone, even when it might not be the right thing for him.
  • Sam and Daneca are really awesome sidekicks. They are the kind that will jump in, regardless of what the consequences may be. I think they’re a really cute couple, though they have to go through some issues.
  • There is so much going on in Red Glove. Cassel’s brother is murdered, the FBI wants to make a deal with him, the mob wants to make a deal with him, people are protesting Opposition 2, his mom is out and on a con, and Lila is still in love with him (because his mother made her).  And to top it all off Cassel doesn’t know who he can trust.
  • Even though there was all that going on, I managed to keep everything strait. I really loved the pull and tug between the FBI and the mob all while Cassel is trying to figure everything out so that he doesn’t have to give in to either.
  • Now that Lila is no longer a cat you really see her personality come out.  I liked her but I wish that she would have made a different choice at the end but I can see why she went that way.  The pressure is on.  I’m fairly certain that everything will work out in the end though, because it’s a YA book and that’s what happens so I’m not too worried.
  • Cassel’s family did not magically get better, not that I thought they would, but families like his are not cool.  His brother Barron and his mother are still working people, not matter what Cassel says.  His mom in particular does something that could have major consequences in book 3.

Overall I really enjoyed Red Glove and I will probably be getting to Black Heart very soon!


14 Responses to “Review * Red Glove by Holly Black”

  1. fakesteph

    God I love this books. And I love Granddad. He pretty much sums up the entire book and, you know, life. Power. God, i love these books. I’m glad you’re enjoying them.

  2. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Thanks for your spoiler warning! I didn’t read it because I have yet to read White Cat, but I did glaze over it. That’s cool and very interesting that you liked book 2 more than book 1. Normally book 2s really disappoint me, with a few exceptions.

    I need to get to this series! Someday….

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I think I liked book 2 better than book 1 because I was so confused in book 1. It’s urban fantasy and I wasn’t expecting that so I spent the first half of White Cat thinking WTF all the time. It’s a good series though.

  3. Bittner

    I listened to this audio last year and while I remember a lot of the main stuff (like the whole mob vs. fbi storyline) I seem to have forgotten a lot of the other parts of the story. I am definitely going to have to make time to reread this one before I read Black Heart. Which I have not read yet, so if you get to that one before me I will not be reading that review until I get caught up myself!

  4. Jenny

    I’m glad you liked this one better. I must warn you, though, the third one doesn’t quite wrap up as nicely as I wanted it to. Just so you know…not that I’m saying you shouldn’t read it cause you should. ;)