Monday, April 4, 2011

Red Glove by Holly Black

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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.

Holly Black's Red Glove continues in the amazing world that she created with so much talent and imagination in White Cat. It seemed so layered and realistic through out the whole book. This story will suck you in from the very beginning and will leave you wanting more. Red Glove is a really fast read the ending will leave you wanting the next book.
Black's characters have so much depth and spirit that they jump out of the page and you can't help to relate to them. I adore Cassel. He really doesn't want to be Curse Worker, because he has seen what it has done to his family. He doesn't whine about what is happening, but rather takes charge. Lila is such a sweet character and I was surprised how she developed, like how easily she could get mad and that she can be just as manipulative as her father. I found Cassel and her relationship to be so complicated and intense, but at the same time, it is strangely adorable. Sam is the funny best friend that helped make this story awesome. Daneca was also a great character and I liked how supportive of Sam, she was and how they developed a friendship. Daneca and Sam were such a cute couple. Cassel's mom really flourished in the books at the beginning, I though that she was just a controlling bitch, but it really showed that she will do anything to protect her family. Overall, the characters were ever-changing and so memorable.
The twist and turns in Red Glove keep you engaged every moment along the way. Black's writing is one of the kind with spot on pacing and precise details. I can't help loving her books. I highly recommend that you buy this book as soon as possible and read White Cat now, if you haven't. I am sure that this series will only continue to get better.

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