Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)

325 pages
April 5th 2011
by Margaret K. McElderry
 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.  

I thought White Cat was a very well written first book.  It had very complex characters and an amazing plot.  I am very glad to say that Holly has totally lived up to the hype for Red Glove and that is very hard thing to do when the first book is that good.

This book still has the very complex and intense family issues as it had before.  Although, now one of the brothers are dead and the feds want Cassel to work for them.  He also, has his brother Baron and other crime families wanting him to use his gifts for them.  To top it all of he has Lila who has been cursed to love him and he has to figure out how to help and still keep her in his life.

This book seemed to have more character developement than the last one.  This one  took a look at who Cassel is and who he sees himself wanting to be in the future.  This book had its own unique feel to it which, sometimes can really hurt a book when it is part of a series.   That is not the case with this book and I think it is because Cassel is growing and the book depicts that.    Holly has done a wonderful job in showing that you can take a storyline and change it up so that you are not reading the same type of storyline over and over again.   This is just a really great second book and I cant wait to read more in this series.


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