Friday, 24 June 2011

Book Review: Red Glove

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? 

Having absolutely adored White Cat, the first book in Holly Black's Curse Worker series, I had pretty high expectations when it came time to reading Red Glove. White Cat was one of those rare books for me where I couldn't predict the outcome of the novel, and felt myself being conned along with the characters in the story. I was so thrilled to discover, therefore, that Red Glove was filled with just as many twists and turns, and a whole new set of cons to uncover! 

In Red Glove, Cassel remains the bad boy with a heart of gold, but must now make the difficult decision of joining forces with the mob or the FBI. As a result, readers are given a greater glimpse of Cassel's inner character, which in many ways made me love him even more despite its imperfections! The conflict of his emotions is especially evident in his relationship with Lila, who is cursed to love him. While Cassel's conscience tells him to not take advantage of her, his love and temptation for Lila often gets the better of him.

Not only does Red Glove focus on Cassel's conflict with the mob, FBI and Lila, but it also examines larger issues of human rights through the vote occurring within the novel which will determine whether or not workers must reveal their identity to the government. In many ways, this part of the novel kind of reminded me of X-men, where a politician attempts to similarly evoke a law which will require mutants to be registered. Readers are then forced to question themselves about whether or not personal privacy or the so called safety of the country is more valuable to them.

Overall, Red Glove was absolutely amazing!!! I totally recommend this series to everyone who has not already read it! I am already highly anticipating the third novel, Black Heart, which won't be released until April of 2012. If you love a novel that keeps you up until the early morning hours reading then Red Glove is definitely for you! 

Rating: 5 Stars


Jacquelynne.Marie said...

Your reviews of both these books in the series has really caught my interest ... I think I may need to borrow them from the library, lol :) Great review though! :)

PS: How do you do the colour background when you're posting the synopsis of the book? I've been meaning to ask you for like a month, lol.

Jenny said...

YAY! I love when someone else loves a book as much as me! These books are soooo awesome. Cassel is a huge literary crush of mine and I felt so bad for him in this book because of the whole Lila conflict. And I did not see who the mysterious red gloved person was. It blew me away! I don't know how I missed it!

kaye (paper reader) said...

Okay, you guys got me. I'm adding this to my TBR post haste!

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