Thursday, May 19, 2011

Red Glove by Holly Black

Book Summery (via Goodreads):
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?

Book Review:
Well Ms. Black, you've done it again! Another perfectly blended tale of love, deception, corruption, and adventure. Really, what more could one ask for? Just like White Cat, Red Glove is character-driven. Cassel and his crew are back again. This time, Cassel is in the know, but that doesn't necessarily make things easier on him. Cassel is a wild card that could go either way, good or bad. Which makes his character so fascinating. I love his interactions with Lila. What I adore about Lila is that under her beautiful and playful exterior, lies a dark, mysterious interior. She seems so innocent when she is around Cassel, but he knows better and is able to clue the reader in to her seedy underbelly. We get to learn more about Cassel's mother, as well as his friends, Sam and Daneca. Overall, just a wonderfully told tale, unlike anything I've ever read before. If you haven't already read this series, you really ought to give it a try! For more information, check out Holly Black's website!

Favorite Quote:
"I take my time walking across the green. I think about my new car, gleaming in the sun. I think of the sophomore-year production of Macbeth, and Amanda Kerwick as Lady Macbeth, holding up her bare hands, looking for blood.

But there is no mere spot on me. As her husband says, 'I am in the blood/Stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more,/Returning were as tedious as go o'er.'

I shake my head. I'm just looking for excuses to keep the car." (p. 225)

Cover Art Commentary:
I love the continuation of the black, white, and red theme. Very White Stripes-ish! :)

Overall Rating:


  1. Love this series. I'm really curious with what will happen to Cassel after some of the decisions he made in Red Glove.

  2. Now I am debating whether or not I should read this. I liked the first one but I feel like there's so many others books I want to read first! It does sound like it's going to be good though.

  3. I have to try this series! Keep reading great things about it!