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Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2) Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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* "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
"Dark, disturbing fare, crafted by a master; readers of the trilogy's first will be supremely satisfied."--Kirkus Reviews
"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
"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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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.
Fans of the first book will undoubtedly enjoy this follow-up, as I did, although; RED GLOVE couldn't quite maintain the sparkle that shown so bright throughout WHITE CAT, admittedly allowing my interest to wane slightly midway through. But Black manages to recapture my attention with vengeance in the end, producing some pretty impressive twist and a shocker or two that make for a great set-up to book #3 BLACK HEART, due out in 2012.
Red Glove chronicles the second installment of Cassel's life as a senior in high school, a secret transformation worker and an all-around con man. Only this time the feds have caught up with him....Along for the ride are this best friends Sam and Daneca- plus the girl he's loved his whole life, Lila.
I think Red Glove does a great job of combining things that don't seem like they go together. Like youth and wisdom, crime and innocence and betrayal and trust. Black does a great job of pairing these ideas to create a truly engaging story. All these different pieces are scattered at the beginning of the novel, and by the end they fit a bit better- but a few pieces are still missing.
That's the genius of this series- I often felt out of the loop of what was going on, but I loved every minute of it because of the deft writing and strong characters. Black leaves little gems like this in her stories:
Life's full of opportunities to make crappy decisions that feel good. And after the first one, the rest get a whole lot easier.
What makes Cassel great is that he is the one good streak in his family of mobsters. Yet, he's not without his flaws- like conning his classmates and lying to hide his working ability. I think the key is that Cassel's not a "fake" kind of hero. He tricks people, even his friends, but he protects them too. He betrays his family, but it's to prevent them from causing worse damage to themselves.
He struggles just like everyone else to do the "right" thing even though he's unsure of what that is. The lines between good and bad are so blurred for curse workers (and everyone else too, for that matter).
Aside from Cassel, the other characters in this book are also very strong. Especially Lila- that girl doesn't need a protector. She is cutting and brutal and wonderfully vulnerable.
I'm dying to find out what happens between Cassel and Lila. Unfortunately, Red Glove doesn't tie up any loose ends in this department- it just adds more to the mix. But, honestly, stuff like that is what often compels me to race through novels. Sad but true.
Red Glove is another stunning book in the Curse Workers series. It's a must-read!! If you have an interest in reading about secret criminal dealings, unsolved murders and bitter unrequited love, then this is the book for you!
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