September 17, 2013

Red Glove by Holly Black: Book Review

Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Series: Curse Workers #2 (Book 1)
Publication Date: April 5th 2011
Rating: 4/5 stars
Source: Library
*synopsis contains major spoilers for White Cat (book #1). You have been warned

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. (via goodreads)

My Thoughts: Due to a lot of laziness, I am writing this review after finishing the series so if some parts don’t make sense, you know why. Before I start, I should say that this book is my least favourite of the Curse Workers Trilogy. Although I enjoyed the character development and overall plot, I found Cassel and Lila to be annoying at times. The great plot was sometimes overcast by Cassel’s annoying emotions and Lila’s actions.

I was expecting the characters to really grow in this book but that wasn’t the case for the majority of characters. Cassel grew and tried to become a better person but a lot of his actions contradicted that goal. I’m not saying that I don’t like Cassel. He’s my favourite character, but some of his actions just make me shake my head. In Red Glove, the side characters (Sam and Daneca) weren’t really involved in the story as much and I did feel that I want to see more of them. Also, I felt that the romance in this book was a little lacking. There were romantic elements and some stuff didn’t happen but it just didn’t really work with the story (I had nothing to swoon over!).

Despite the flaws in character development (except for Cassel’s), this book was still better than White Cat. In this book, we are given even more plot twists and action-packed mystery. I am still amazed at how Cassel can con or trick anyone so well and me being none the wiser. The world-building and setting of this book is still just as great as before (maybe even better). I also really enjoyed the ending of Red Glove. It wasn’t a big cliffhanger but I still want to read book three. Overall, Holly Black has written a great sequel to an interesting series. I think that the character development for characters other than Cassel was quite limited but it didn’t really distract me from the big picture.


  1. I have yet to start this series but I'm still a little iffy on whether or not it would work for me. Despite some issues I'm glad you enjoyed it though!

  2. I can totally relate to your bit about laziness. I suffer from it, too. D: Anyway, I haven't read this series yet (I actually gave away my copy of the first book), but I'm glad you enjoyed this overall, even if it was your least favorite in the series.

    "I was expecting the characters to really grow in this book" - And these were the majority of the characters? That's kind of disappointing. And yeah, main characters who have nice personalities but annoying actions? Total no. It's like the authors are putting down their potential to become more likable.

    Despite the lack of character development, this sounds like a pretty decent sequel, and I've been hearing a lot about this series! I might give this a try in the future. Great review, Shelly!


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