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Red Glove (The Curse Workers) Paperback – April 3, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Curse Workers Series

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"Readers will be happy to slip back into Black's elaborate, fascinating world of workers, curses, and the seeming ease with which everyone has learned to live in a world where no one, not even family, can be truly trusted, and this sequel offers satisfying additional glimpses into this nearly familiar but ultimately shockingly different world."--"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

"Dark, disturbing fare, crafted by a master; readers of the trilogy's first will be supremely satisfied."--"Kirkus Reviews"

* "Black again delivers complex characters and a nicely developed alternate universe where magic workers are social pariahs. This powerful, edgy dark fantasy won't disappoint Black's fans."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review

"The Curse Workers series continues to offer a sleek and stylish blend of urban fantasy and crime noir."--"Booklist"

About the Author

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Curse Workers (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781442403406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442403406
  • ASIN: 1442403403
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holly Black has created a truly unique world in the Curse Worker series with the successful and intriguing debut of WHITE CAT and now I can tell you the much awaited sequel, RED GLOVE does not disappoint.

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.
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Cassel Sharpe always thought that he was the only one in his family who wasn't a curseworker, but then he found out the truth: he has the powers of transformation, the rarest--and most dangerous--ability there is. He intends to lay low: attend school and stay away from Lila Zacharov until the curse his mother worked to make Lila love him has faded. But all of Cassel's plans are derailed when Lila enrolls in Wallingford Prep, his oldest brother Philip is murdered, and the feds try to recruit him. Caught between the mob and the government, Cassel has to find Philip's murderer and play both sides if he wants to survive long enough to figure out just which side he's actually on.

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.
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Now fully immersed in the world of "curses and cons, magic and the mob" Cassel Sharpe tried to deal with his mother's actions. His mother an emotional worker has cursed the girl he likes and now he can not see her because he is unwilling to take advantage of her. Cassel and his mother are trying to spend sometime together before he returns to school but having been the only non-worker in the family for years Cassel is not over joyed to be coning people for money and tricking people with his mother who thinks there is nothing wrong with it. When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, both the mob and the Feds turn to Cassel who must stay ahead of both of them while he is finishing high school.

I enjoyed reading this but the ending was a bit different than what I would have expected. It did a good job setting up the next book. I liked that Cassel's friends played a bigger role in this book. I also liked that Lila was included in the story and was becoming more of a character rather than someone the story worked around. I think in the next book she will be a bigger character. I liked that Cassel plays the mob and the Feds to his advantage while he tries to decided what to do and how best to take advantage of it all. In many ways even though he doesn't think he is like his mother he is. I liked that the characters are dynamic. I did find parts of it a bit dull but overall I really enjoyed the second book.
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Every time I visit Cassel Sharpe, my heart breaks for him. When will our boy get a happy ending, Holly Black?! I hope it finally happens in Black Heart because he needs one after everything you've made him go through so far!

Cassel is one of those people who would rather see the people he loves happy, rather than be happy himself. His self-sacrificing breaks my heart at times. Even when he's dealing with his twisted, selfish brothers, he's doing it because he wants them to be happy in the end. Of course, for one of the brothers it's impossible now, but more on him in a bit. I hate how some of the people in Cassel's life only want to use him and how his friends, deep-down, distrust him a little. I want to jump in the book and defend Cassel! I feel like no one's on his side sometimes! I don't know why I feel he's treated so unjustly, I mean, the boy can take care of himself...but who's taking care of his heart? Cassel gets hurt a lot, and he covers it up so well. My heart breaks for him, I tell you!!

I really liked Lila in this book. I believe she loves Cassel, cursed or not, so I can't wait to see how everything turns out in Black Heart. Sam and Daneca are as interesting as ever. Sam funny and quirky, and Daneca...Daneca's secret surprised me!

Out of all of Cassel's family members, the only one I like is his grandfather. His mother is just selfish and annoying, and his brothers are horrible. I wanted to smack his mom and punch Baron...again! I was most shocked that Philip was found murdered in this book. I didn't like him, but I didn't think Holly Black would kill him!! I'm still expecting this to turn out to be another con. It's weird, but I really can't believe he's truly dead.
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