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Red Glove (The Curse Workers) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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Red Glove is as smart and sharp as its prequel, White Cat, but has a whole new element of danger as Cassel realizes just how deep into a life of crime he is when the Feds come after him. Cassel remains entrenched in the world of cons and crime, but yet he doesn't exactly become a criminal like the rest of the members of his family. He is clever, knows how to play a person, and isn't afraid to break some rules, but he still is concerned with doing what is right, which we can see this in his attempt to stay away from Lila, unwilling to take advantage of her while she is still cursed. Despite his best attempts though, she manages to work her way into his life, giving readers the chance to get to know her a bit better despite her messed-up emotions. Sam and Daneca also show up a bit more in Red Glove, providing Cassel with the opportunity to work on trust as he slowly opens up to them and it allows Black to reveal more of Cassel's world and its politics as the government and population deal with prejudice and secrecy when it comes to curseworkers.Read more ›
Cassel Sharpe is happy to be back in school at Wallingford after all that went down with his older brothers and crime boss Zacharov. Notably, Cassel is uncomfortable now knowing that he is a transformation worker, but glad to be free from his brother's memory manipulations and control. He's doing his best to stay clear of Lila, the girl he loves and has always loved, until the love cures his mother worked on her wears off... if it wears off. Everything in Cassel's life is slowly returning to normal... that is, until the Feds show up at school looking for him. Complicated doesn't even begin to describe the left turn his life is about to take. Backed against a wall, Cassel needs to decide where his loyalties lie and fast, unfortunately, no matter where he chooses could end up getting him killed. Oh and looks like love cursed Lila just enrolled in Wallingford... perfect.
Greatly to Black's credit, there's not a lot of rehashing of the first book, no lengthy flashbacks retelling what happened in WHITE CAT, just cleverly inserted references where the two stories overlap and/or relate; keeping this second installment of Curse Workers moving right along. All our favorite characters are back and so are the dangers, the betrayals, and the lies. The "who-done-it" factor is strong in RED GLOVE, and Black does an excellent job keeping the reader guessing right up to the end.Read more ›
Cassel's first day back at Wallingford is ruined by two things. One: Lila is now enrolled at his school, and she's still cursedly in love with him. Two: the FBI drags him in, revealing that his brother Philip has been murdered -- and since he had turned informant, they want his murderer. All they know is that it was a woman, and she was wearing red gloves.
Soon Cassel is trapped between the feds and the worker mobster Zacharov, both of whom want him to come work for them. And as he tries to keep his secret, keep his family from being arrested, and solve his brother's murder, Cassel begins to suspect that someone close to him murdered Philip -- and he's not sure what to do about it.
"Red Glove" is technically an urban fantasy, but it's really more like "supernatural suspense." We've got FBI agents, mobsters, teen love, lies, false memories and a young man walking the tightrope between right and wrong -- and even worse, between the amoral forces that want to use his powers for their own ends.
Black's story is tightly plotted, with lots of little hints and subplots that she ties off neatly, while still leaving the door open for the third book. She has sharply electric prose ("A glittering choker of dried blood") and dryly witty dialogue (""You're a pretty cool customer, huh?" "I hide my inner pain under my stoic visage").Read more ›
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My son and I love this series. the books are very well written and these unabridged audio books are even more enjoyable as they are read by Jessie Eisenberg. Read morePublished 11 days ago by V. Snyder
"I’d thought that being with her would, through some power of alchemy, transmute me into being a normal guy with normal problems. Read more
Holly Black lost me in this book. I liked White Cat a lot and she set up a good story with potential. But NOTHING happens in this book!! Absolutely nothing. There's no story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elyse
Incredible series. Loved every one of the three books. I bought the series as Christmas gifts for friends.Published 6 months ago by M. Munoz
I've always been fairly picky about my urban fantasy but I picked up WHITE CAT last year when I was looking for an audiobook to borrow from my library and it sealed the deal when I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brittany
An intense murder mystery, with further exploration into curse work. Also, the mafia.Published 10 months ago by C. Sherrill
The life of Cassel Sharp continues to become more complicated in the second of the Curse Workers series. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lorna Francis
5/5. I don't feel as if I can go into much detail on this without spilling the metaphorical spoiler-beans, but let's just say that it's a worthy sequel to White Cat--in fact, I... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Modern Xena