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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Red Glove by Holly Black

A few months ago I read the first book of this series, White Cat. I was completely surprised by how much I had enjoyed it, so I was glad to get my hands on the second book, Red Glove. Check out my review of White Cat here.

Here's the summary from 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? Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.

What I Liked: 1) There was more humor in this book than in the first one, and most of that revolved around Lila's love for Cassel. It wouldn't have been as funny had she not been cursed to love him, but because you know that, it just makes it pretty funny. 2) Cassel. I liked him in the first one, and I like him even more in this book. There are some tough decisions that he has to make after everything that happened in White Cat, and I really felt for him. The character development progresses really nicely with Cassel and some of the other characters. 3) One of the biggest surprises was Sam and Daneca. I won't tell you what the surprise it is, but it's definitely a big one that comes near the end of this book. 4) The plot moved seamlessly and was easy to follow.

What I Didn't Like: There was less action in this book, less keeping me interested. I liked the characters, but most of them weren't growing as I thought characters should in a second book of a trilogy. They had been pretty well-developed in the first book, and that development moved along a bit, but after a while, everything was at a standstill. I'll be looking for more intrigue and excitement in the next book.

Overall Thoughts: I haven't read the last book of this trilogy yet, but I'm thinking that Red Glove fell into that second book trap, where the first and last books are great, but the second is treated more of a transition to get you from one to three. I wish I had felt as compelled to keep turning the pages as I had with the first. That being said, it remained true to characters and true to story, so it was still enjoyable.

My Rating: 3.5 shots

6 comments:

  1. A friend of mine was telling me the other day I might like these. Awesome review!

    Beth ^_^
    http://sweetbooksnstuff.blogspot.com/

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    1. I picked up the first one on a whim, but I have really enjoyed them! About to get started on the third book to see how it all wraps up!

      Courtney

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  2. Oh bummer. I had high hopes. Thanks for the warning of the 2nd book trap. Perfect way to put it. I knew just what you meant.

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    1. That second book trap is becoming more of a problem! Or maybe I'm just noticing it more...but I hope the third book picks up a little!

      Courtney

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  3. I enjoyed this one!! Not as much as the first one, but I still really liked it. I really need to read Black Heart! I had it pre-ordered and got it on my nook the day it came out and still haven't gotten to it. Great review!!

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    1. I'm about to start the third one - I hope you like it!

      Courtney

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