Title: Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)
Author: Holly Black
Details: e-arc, 320 pgs (published in hardcover)
Published: April 5th, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
isbn: 144240339X (ISBN13: 9781442403390)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Publisher, for review purposes
After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov's retribution and finding out that Lila, the girl he has loved his whole life, will never, ever be his now that his mother has worked her, Cassel is trying to reestablish some kind of normalcy in his life. That was never going to be easy for someone from a worker family tied to one of the big crime families and a mother whose cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is also coming to terms with what it means to be a transformation worker and figuring out how to have friends.
But normal doesn't last very long--soon Cassel is being courted by both sides of the law and is forced to confront his past. A past he remembers only in scattered fragments and one that could destroy his family and his future. Cassel will have to decide whose side he wants to be on because neutrality is not an option. And then he will have to pull off his biggest con ever to survive.
If you haven't read White Cat, you need to, NOW! Also stop reading this review. See, I gave it 5 stars, now move along... you really don't want any spoilers!
Holly Black is genius. Genius, I say! I LOVE that these books are narrated by a guy. And Cassel isn't just any guy. He's a curse worker with a talent unlike anyone elses. Of course you know that, because you read White Cat. You also know what a complicated, sexy guy he is. His family is messed up (more messed up in this one!) and his life is complicated- full of decisions, none of which he wants. Cassel doesn't always make the best choices, but he's a good guy and he wants to be a good guy. He doesn't want to be a murderer, but he doesn't want to be used by the government or anyone else either. So... what to do, what to do? I think he handled it all fantastically. He used his head and he figured things out. Holly Black did a great job of keeping it a secret from us once he knew what to do and we watched as it unraveled and just tried to figure out what in the world he was doing! I definitely never guessed!
Where Cassel really doesn't make the best decisions is in his love life. Lila is back to being a human and is enrolled in school. And Cassel loves her more then ever. The problem is, his mother worked her so he doesn't believe Lila loves him at all. No matter that it should be worn off by now... so he was all over the place on what to do with her. He loved her, but he knew her love wasn't real and he didn't think it was right or fair to use that to his advantage. What he really wants is her to love him for real. But how will he ever know it's real? Yeah, it's complicated.
This book was full of family drama, love life drama and school drama. The drama sucks you in and you can't help but love Cassel and feel for him. All the side characters are terrific and the world Holly has created is amazing. It's easy to imagine because other then the Curse Workers it's the same as ours. Definitely an amazing book and I'm already chomping at the bit for the next one!
This book isn't sexually explicit (what there is doesn't describe much), nor does it have a lot of bad language (not enough that it's noted in my head), but there is a fair bit of violence. I don't think it's too graphic, but there is quite a bit of talk of it. It's definitely a series for older Young Adults, high school age at least.
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Disclosure: I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.