Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove by Holly Black
Published by McElderry Books
Date Published: April 5, 2011
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.
This sequel is just another level of intensity. I don't think I could've read it any faster if I wanted to and it was amazing!

Red Glove, sequel to White Cat, opens up just before Cassel is starting his senior year at Wallingford Prep and you are launched into a fast paced con right from the start. In White Cat, we learned that not only was Cassel a Worker, he had the most desired/rare Curse ever. Transformation. Turning any object alive or fake into something else. That is the most effective murder tool as well.

The plot in short is: someone dies. Investigation is launched. Workers are accused. Curses are placed. Cons are made. In the end, it's all about the effective con.

Holly definitely brought out some of the supporting characters into the story more and I really liked that. Now that his mom is out of prison, she is yet again back to her Emotion Work, wooing rich men for money. Lila also plays a much more predominant character in this sequel which worked perfectly as a distraction for Cassel. :) I also really liked the relationship between Sam and Daneca and how they played a bigger role in this book.

Overall, I ended up liking this one more than the first book which was tough because White Cat was incredible! Who doesn't love conning others?! I will forever be a big fan of Holly's writing and will always be promoting this series to others! This is a must read, so check it out!

-Reviewed by Jeremy



  1. I loved White Cat (but then, who didn't?), and I can't wait to read Red Glove! I really liked Sam and Daneca in the first one, so I'm happy we get to see more of them. Thanks for the review, and glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I have not read either of these, but I have them on my wish list for sure!

  3. I loved the Jace reference in Red Glove (plus it made me laugh to see it...)! I've definitely fallen for The Curse Workers series more than I thought I ever could! :)

  4. Can't wait to read the White Cat in my to read pile and move on to this.

  5. I loved red glove, but havent read white cat yet

    check out my review of red glove