April 5, 2011
Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)
Young Adult | Urban Fantasy
Curse Workers #2
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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 had been intrigued by Holly Black’s newest series, Curse Workers, and I really, really liked the premise of it. When Random House was giving out the free audiobooks, I asked for White Cat and listened to it in like one day.
I loved it. I loved Cassel, Sam, and Lila. No, I loved all the characters. I loved the world—the world is really what sold me. Curses and cons? The “normal” people know about the cursed people? There are political issues regarding the cursed people? SIGN. ME. UP.
So, after I read White Cat, I bought Red Glove and it’s been sitting on my tbr pile just waiting for me to pick it up. And then, like four months later, I did.
And I loved it.
As you can tell from the summary above, Red Glove is a murder mystery—and unlike some murder mysteries, Cassel isn’t out to get revenge for his brother’s murder. No no no. In fact, he wants to catch the murderer because the FBI has names of other people who might have been killed by the same people who popped two in Phillip.
Cassel killed the other people with his transformation skills.
So now he wants to clear his name—even though the FBI have no idea Cassel killed the other people. Oh, it was such a great read. I kept trying to pinpoint who killed Phillip, but every time I thought, “THAT PERSON!!!” Holly Black threw me in a loop and it was not that person.
It’s not just about who killed Phillip, it’s also about Proposition 2, which is to have EVERYBODY in their world tested for the cursed gene. Yeah. That isn’t good, as Daneca tells readers. Red Glove is also about Lila and Cassel, whose relationship is, well, cursed thanks to Cassel’s mother.
Red Glove is so unlike White Cat, but I love both the same and now I’m dying to read Black Heart. This series is the BEST.