Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Red Glove by Holly Black

"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." (from Goodreads)

Flo's Review
Wow. It's only every once in a while that you discover a book world that is soo completely crazy and immersive. You are appalled and impressed all at the same time. It grabs you, and you want to stay there. This is the world of Holly Black's Curse Workers. Such a creative and crazy concept. So sleazy. So clever. I love seeing how Cassel out smarts everyone who is trying to get him in the end. It's because in this crazy world where people using people and murder are just facts of life, Cassel Sharpe is trying to figure out how to be good -- when it would be easy, natural and expected for him to choose the bad lifestyle. I love that he let himself open up to Sam and Daneca more in this book. We felt how hard it was for him to do that, to trust people and have friends, so every time he let them in a little more I silently cheered. I was also proud of myself for figuring out who the killer was when Cassel did -- I never do that! #GoldStarForMe The end hurt my heart, and I am so so curious to see what Cassel's actions will mean for him and his family and friends in the next book. 

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