Author: Holly Black

Book Review – Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

September 26, 2011 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2011, YA 1 Comment

Book Review – Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly BlackRed Glove by Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on April 5, 2011
Pages: 352
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: White Cat

four-stars

After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov's retribution and finding out that Lila, the girl he has loved his whole life, will never, ever be his now that his mother has worked her, Cassel is trying to reestablish some kind of normalcy in his life. That was never going to be easy for someone from a worker family tied to one of the big crime families and a mother whose cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is also coming to terms with what it means to be a transformation worker and figuring out how to have friends.

But normal doesn't last very long-soon Cassel is being courted by both sides of the law and is forced to confront his past. A past he remembers only in scattered fragments and one that could destroy his family and his future. Cassel will have to decide whose side he wants to be on because neutrality is not an option. And then he will have to pull off his biggest con ever to survive.

Curse Workers series

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) {My Review}

Cassel is now not only fully aware of his powers but fully in control (which definitely added some interesting to this sequel.) He’s glad to have Lila back in his life again; however, when his mother decides to give him a ‘gift’ by working Lila to love him. Now he’s left unsure of her feelings, whether it’s simply a result of her being worked or if the curse wore off and she really does feel that way. Feeling conflicted he feels he’s left with no other choice but to try to keep his distance from her.

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I did White Cat, but I still managed to read this book in approximately 5 hours if that’s any indication. Still gets a solid 4 stars out of me. I felt that Red Glove focused a bit more on the ‘mob’ portion of the story and kinda left the magic portion in the dust. In Red Glove, the big mystery revolves around the recent death of Cassel’s oldest brother. Then the Feds come to him because they believe he has knowledge that would help in their investigation and also in their investigation regarding several deaths of other individuals… but Cassel thinks he knows exactly what happened to them, he’s just been worked to forget.

Then there was the ‘Lila’s been worked’ storyline. I really hated that story line and I REALLY hated the resolution to that whole bit… like really hated it.

Regardless, I can’t wait for the next in this series (and last one too from what I hear) comes out…

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Book Review – White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

September 19, 2011 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2011, YA 1 Comment

Book Review – White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly BlackWhite Cat by Holly Black
Series: Curse Workers #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on May 4th 2010
Pages: 320
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: a Giveaway
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Also by this author: Red Glove

four-half-stars

Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

The Storyline
Cassel was born into a family of curse workers; however, he’s the outsider of the family… the one born without magic. Not to say he’s perfect…he’s become quite the con man at school and plus he did kill his best friend Lila and has lived with the guilt for the past 3 years. While at school he begins having dreams where he’s visited by a white cat that obviously wants to tell him something but Cassel isn’t paying that much attention… I mean it is just a dream, right? And there’s something stirring within his own family but he’s kept out of it because he isn’t one of them. Everyone’s keeping him in the dark and as he realizes they’ve been lying to him, he starts determining what exactly they’ve been keeping from him.

The Family
I found this whole aspect to be quite sad, yet a vital part of explaining why Cassel is who he is. His mother is in prison for ‘working’ a man into giving her thousands of dollars. His brother Phillip pretty much works for the mob because he has the power to break bones and hurt people simply with the touch of his finger. His brother Barron is the one he’s most close with but throughout the novel they grow distant. Cassel is literally the outsider in the family and is left out from all conversations regarding curse work because he’s technically not one of them.

My Thoughts
This is one brilliantly original novel and I loved it! I read this quickly and loved every minute of it. The characters were great, I loved the overall sense of humor, and the overall story is just completely unique that I couldn’t help but fall in head first. Cassel was my favorite character. I loved his sense of humor, I loved how he handled his own business, I loved how he wasn’t your typical whiny teenage boy, but I also loved that he came across as completely unpretentious. Quite rare, I’ve found, in YA novels that the characters in the end feel as if they were real people (regardless of all the magic involved.)

Overall
Well I’m starting Red Glove right away if that’s any indication. 🙂

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