The Compulsive Reader: Red Glove by Holly Black

Friday, January 14, 2011

Red Glove by Holly Black

Cassel Sharpe always thought that he was the only one in his family who wasn't a curseworker, but then he found out the truth: he has the powers of transformation, the rarest—and most dangerous—ability there is. He intends to lay low: attend school and stay away from Lila Zacharov until the curse his mother worked to make Lila love him has faded. But all of Cassel's plans are derailed when Lila enrolls in Wallingford Prep, his oldest brother Philip is murdered, and the feds try to recruit him. Caught between the mob and the government, Cassel has to find Philip's murderer and play both sides if he wants to survive long enough to figure out just which side he's actually on.

Red Glove is as smart and sharp as its prequel, White Cat, but has a whole new element of danger as Cassel realizes just how deep into a life of crime he is when the Feds come after him. Cassel remains entrenched in the world of cons and crime, but yet he doesn't exactly become a criminal like the rest of the members of his family. He is clever, knows how to play a person, and isn't afraid to break some rules, but he still is concerned with doing what is right, which we can see this in his attempt to stay away from Lila, unwilling to take advantage of her while she is still cursed. Despite his best attempts though, she manages to work her way into his life, giving readers the chance to get to know her a bit better despite her messed-up emotions. Sam and Daneca also show up a bit more in Red Glove, providing Cassel with the opportunity to work on trust as he slowly opens up to them and it allows Black to reveal more of Cassel's world and its politics as the government and population deal with prejudice and secrecy when it comes to curseworkers.

After the spectacular con he pulled in White Cat, it's hard imagine that Cassel could come up with something better for the end of this book, but this con is plenty smart and it has the added emotional pull of being linking to the mystery of Philip's death. Red Glove is an electrifying, byzantine high-stakes sequel that raises as many questions as it answers and will leave readers' hearts pounding with exhilaration and danger.

Cover Comments: Ah, this cover is so fantastic! I like that it portrays Lila on the cover, though it is sort of interesting the way the red glove comes. I like the new style--it's a little edgier and seems to fit the attitude of the book a little better. Despite the girl on the cover, I don't think this is one that a guy will be afraid to pick up.

ARC provided by publisher.


geekgirl said...

*whimper* I am DYING to read this one. I've been pining for it since I finished White Cat months ago.

Mundie Moms said...

Great review and I completely agree! It's a fantastic sequel to White Cat.

YA Bibliophile said...

Can't wait to read this one! White Cat was my top book of 2010! Nice review. I'm totally jealous :)

Unknown said...

Thanks for a great review. I've really been looking forward to this one, especially since I enjoyed WHITE CAT so much (more than I expected).

Happy Reading!
The Book Swarm

Miss Remmers said...

I'm reading "White Cat" by Holly Black right now! Holly Black is on fire!!

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Can't WAIT to read this! Loved WHITE CAT. Great review.