Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Book Review: Red Glove by Holly Black

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Red Glove by Holly Black, which is the sequel to White Cat that was a amazing fast, accelerating novel. If you have not read the first novel, you should not continue reading, for this review will be a spoiler for the first book. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

Summary: 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.

Review: In the first novel, White Cat, Cassel it put in a extremely hard decision when he finds out her needs to kill Lila's father and help his two brothers, Philip and Barron, with Philip's childhood friend Anton. In the end Cassel's granddad kills Anton, his brother, Philip losses everything and Barron betrays Philip and Anton because Cassel tricks him into thinking that him and Cassel are trying to save Lila's father, instead of killing him. One of the biggest things that happens in White Cat is that Cassel find out he is a transformation worker and throughout the past 3 years his brother, Barron has been making him kill other people and then whip his memory completly clean of everything that happened. In Red Glove, Cassel is back with Lila, who for the past 3 years has been a white cat. Now agents are asking for Cassel's help to find the killer of Philp's murderer and also 5 other men that were also killed and to add to that problem Lila is still under the horrible spell Cassel's mother bestowed on her before summer break. I enjoyed Red Glove extremely for Holly Black's fast passed writing that has danger and action at every corner. I really enjoyed how Cassel's mind operates and how amazing it is to be a con in his world. There were many shocking secrets revealed in Red Glove, that I didn't even see coming and even when I look back at how they were revealed and all the clues that were told about those dark secrets, still made me think that I would have never figured it out on my own. Readers will be entranced in the dark, magical, gut turning, high suspenseful world of workers and con artists. I give this book a 5/5.

Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Pub. Date: April 5, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover , 336pp
Chapters: 17
Age Range: Young Adult


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