Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2)
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The cons get craftier and the stakes rise ever higher in the riveting sequel to White Cat—now in paperback!

After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov’s retribution, 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 that’s tied to one of the big crime families—and whose mother’s cons get more r
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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Stacia (out of inspiration)
First things first : Let's get the Jace from Mortal Instruments cameo in this book out of the way. Here it is -

"That stoner dude, Jace, says he hooked up with someone over the summer," Kevin whispers. "But I hear all the pictures he's showing around are really pictures of his half sister. Fifty bucks says there's no girlfriend."

Why am I always recommending the lesser known series? Why is it that some of the crappiest books become the most popular? How is this changed? The only way I know of to f...more
Vi Vi
Review:

First off, I need to reiterate that it saddens me to no end, to every end that Holly Black is not only a fangirl of Cassandra Claire, but, due to her fangirlism, unleashed Cassandra Clare and her shitty, melodramatic, poorly written, derivative hackish tripe upon the reading community. But what saddens me even more is that after giving Clare her big break, Clare, now practically an egomaniac of Meyer or Rice proportions, has gone on to be a much bigger name and far more successful despite...more
Lisa O.
4.5 stars.


Holly Black has taken a steady place among my favorite authors ever and she is perhaps THE favorite in paranormal YA.
You think she writes about vampires? Nah.
Shapeshifters? Hardly.
Angels? Nope.
Nephilims? Nuh-uh.
Are there mean girls? Jocks? Cheerleaders? Love triangles? Instalove? No, no, no, no and no.
Then she CANNOT possibly write paranormal YA.

Yet, she does.
She writes about curse workers. People, living in an alternate version of our society, very much like ours, where people...more
Tatiana
As seen on The Readventurer

Glad to report that my my new, unexpected and surprising love affair with Holly Black continues. YES!

I approached Red Glove with trepidation, because a few of my book soulmate type friends, whose opinions I rely on, were not very positive about this sequel. But I, thankfully, saw nothing wrong with it. Red Glove is completely on par with its predecessor.

So, Cassel is back in school after spending a few months with his conartist mom who curses and charms every rich and...more
Emily May


Hmm. I'm not sure if it was the high of book one - White Cat - that made this sequel so disappointing but, whatever the reason, I really struggled to get into this one. The story became too involved with many subplots that failed to affect me in any way, stuff like: Sam and Daneca's relationship, Cassel's mother's annoying behaviour, campaigns for worker rights, and Cassel's run-in with two federal agents who are determined to make him work for them.

It wasn't bad enough that I won't read Black...more
Jillian -always aspiring-
I've been sitting here for an hour trying to figure out what to say about this book in a review. Last summer, I read White Cat (the book prior to this one) and found myself enthralled by a world of curses, crime, and cons -- and at the center of the book was Cassel, a boy who couldn't decide between truth and lie, fact and fiction, good and evil, white and black.

It turned out that Cassel was as dichotomous as they come, gray to his core, doing bad things even if he has good reasons for them. He...more
Catie
I feel like I have very little to say about this book. I liked reading it, but it didn’t inspire me to great heights of joy or disappointment. I like this one a bit less than the first, but that may just be because everything was brand new and exciting in White Cat, and I have to admit that my expectations were low. I will definitely get Black Heart from the library next year, but I don’t feel any desperate yearning for it.

I think that my favorite part of this book is that Cassel’s mother is out...more
Barks & Bites
I’ll state right off that I have a fondness for the way Holly Black writes and may be biased towards her books. I adored Tithe for many of the reasons people despise it. Black’s characters are not whiny ass pansies, they have dark edges and do questionable things, they’re never perfect and I find her books intoxicating because of it.

Red Glove is the sequel to White Cat which you must read first if you’re going to read the series. It picks up pretty much where White Cat left off and begins with...more
♥Rachel♥
***If you haven’t read White Cat, DO NOT read any further. SPOILERS ahead****

Red Glove
picks up after Cassel finds out his whole life, and memories have been a lie constructed by his crooked brothers and well-meaning mother.

You’d think that finding out you’re the rarest form of Curse Workers would be wonderful but unfortunately, this just multiplies Cassel’s problems when both the mob and government want to get their hooks into him. When a family member is murdered, the feds put big-time pressu...more
Flannery
I want Jesse Eisenberg to read me more books.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
What a great sequel!! I absolutely love Holly's writing. She creates such a vivid world and makes me not only fall for Cassel but I end up loving the characters she's created no matter how broken or messed up they are. If they were written in another fashion or were in a different story they would have bothered me, but Holly has a way of just "going for it" with her characters that I like.

Oh Cassel. Can this boy be any more broken? If you thought Jace was broken in City of Ashes, wait till you...more
tonya.
As usual, I was late to the Holly Black bandwagon. I read White Cat Monday night and (my fingers) practically sprinted to the (kindle) bookstore (on Amazon) to pick up Red Glove. I'm officially hooked.

I'm in awe of Black's world building. It was so seamless; there were no clunky info dumps or distracting back stories. The history of the curse workers was incorporated into the context of the story in such a way that I felt as though I knew it rather than learned it. (If that makes any sense at al...more
Caitlin
4.5-maybe a 5. I'm too scared to "5" it.

Holy mother of fuckin' God. Is it 2012 yet?

I enjoyed White Cat. A messed up mob family set in a magic realism America, with a male lead who's narrative isn't just incredibly witty and humorous, but moving--I couldn't not have liked it. So, I waited for the sequel patiently. I hadn't even looked at the summary blurb till I bought it.

Well, Red Glove blew White Cat out of the water. No--ocean. Earth. The universe. Dimension. Maybe it just annihilated it. Poof...more
Crystal
I have a new rule. In January I told myself that if the first book in a series is not good then I will not continue on with the rest but of course I didn't stick with that and I very glad that I didn't. So my new rule is give a series at least 2 books, then decided if it is worth it. I have ended up liking at least 4 series this way. The second book seems to seal the deal for me. This book is no exception it is so much better than the first imo. I don't know if it is because I knew what to expec...more
Jacob Proffitt
This is very much what I had hoped the first book would be--the struggle to define, understand, and find morality in the application of power while surrounded by people who mean you harm. Things are truly complicated for Cass as pressure mounts on all sides, but this pressure is not without relief as he struggles to find happiness with the (very few) friends he has come to trust.

I was going to declare spoilers for the first book and go on about some of the details, but I think I'll just skip all...more
Morgan F
Up until a few months ago, Cassel Sharpe has spent his whole life feeling ordinary and inferior in a family full of powerful workers. Now he knows the truth: he is the most powerful of them all. He is able to transform anything- including people- into anything else with a single touch of his hand. Cassel is still struggling to extract the truth from a life-time of lies when the Feds come to Cassel with the news that his eldest brother, a notorious hitman, has been murdered, and they need Cassel...more
Brandi

Oh Cassel, Cassel, Cassel. "The only things I am really good at are the kinds of things colleges don't let you major in. Con artistry. Forgery. Assassination. A little bit of lock-picking."

The second book in this trilogy was more personal than the first since the main focus is on Cassel and the relationships in his life, but I found this one no less enjoyable than the first. In fact, I loved it! I think that I was missing this personal aspect from White Cat and I didn't even know it. Even when...more
Kristalia
Final rating: ★/★★★★★


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I am officially dropping the series, it has been to painful to read this one. I expected so much more, but all i got were annoying (especially main) characters and not so good story. I dropped it around 5th chapter. I really tried to like this series, i really did, and i was so hyped to read the books, but i just couldn't finish it, even if it is short book. Mostly it was dropped due to lack of interest.

I also don't like not finishing...more
jade
4.5 stars

Cassel is the most realistic and fantastic male narrator I've read. I can't help getting more attached to his crazy life in this second book. The relationship between Cassel and Lila is as unique as it gets. Despite a slightly dragged middle section, everything gradually builds up to a satisfactory climax toward the end. Can't wait to see how everything ends for Cassel in the final book.
Rosanne
Jan 26, 2012 Rosanne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of paranormal YA
4.5-This is one of the most original and interesting YA series I have read. Great characters, great concept, unlike anything you have seen before in paranormal YA (but with plenty of the good stuff we know and love: mysterious loner dude, unrequited childhood love, absent/crazy parents, prep schools!). Black also tackles some more serious issues with worker rights, really appreciate that she made that such a big part of the story.

I only found out about it through the many outstanding reviews he...more
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Aleeeeeza
*4.5 stars*

The ending of White Cat was freaking amaaaazing. So there was no way I couldn’t read Red Glove right away. Lucky for me, I got it off GalleyGrab and dove right into it. And duddddde, if White Cat was good, this one was mindblowing. Now that the whole curse-worker foundation has been laid, and Cassel knows he’s a transformation worker (howcoolisthathowcoolisthatHOWCOOLISTHAT?!)—it’s up to Cassel to find out what the heck is up his brothers who have been making him do all sorts of unsav...more
Katya
Cross-posted with my tumblr.

I never thought I would give a Curse Workers book a rating lower than four stars. Guess you just live and learn.

But the really funny thing is, there isn't anything wrong with the book itself. Cassel is starting his senior year and dealing with the fallout from the previous books' events: (view spoiler)...more
Janina
This series has the charm of an old black-and-white movie combined with a tiny bit of Bond glamour and lots of witty one-liners.

And: Cassel Sharpe, I love you! (Platonically speaking, of course. I mean, I would never crush on a, what, seventeen-year-old. How old is he anyway? No, no, more in a I-really-like-you-you-are-cute-I-want-you-to-be-happy way. Although I am sure he wouldn’t like me calling him cute … Also, when did it happen that seventeen-year-olds are too young for me? Feels like I wa...more
Wealhtheow
Cassel Sharpe is a Worker, one of the few people in the world with a magical power. His family uses their powers to run cons and win gang wars, but Cassel just wants to go to school and avoid his troublesome family. He has good reason--in White Cat he found out that his brothers had been using him to kill people, then erasing his memory. He made the perfect assassin, until he discovered one too many holes in what he thought was the truth. Cassel turned the tables on his brothers and gets out fro...more
Cecelia
The perfect con, a couple of intense twists, a sociopath or two, and an engaging and exhilarating adventure in a world filled with magic and mobsters. That was White Cat, Holly Black’s first installment in the Curseworkers series. It was a huge favorite of mine last year. Need evidence? Check it out. So I’ve been waiting not-very-patiently for the sequel, and more of quirky, clever Cassel.

The follow-up, Red Glove, was released two weeks ago. I reminded my brother Joey of this by text (he was exc...more
Sandi
Oh that Holly Black is a tricky one. I almost think she is an emotion worker but has a way of working through her words. At the end of White Cat it was like she stuck a knife right into my heart and twisted it just a little, and, just when you think the worst is over and things might actually be looking up for Cassel in Red Glove, she punches you right in the gut.

I have never been one to watch mob-related movies. I have never seen the Godfather movies or Goodfellas (though I use to watch the car...more
willaful
I don't want to go into plot details and spoil surprises; if you've read White Cat, you already want to read this book and if you haven't read White Cat, you really don't want to read Red Glove until you have, trust me. I'll just say that I continued to be totally drawn in by a fascinating anti-hero, whose efforts to overcome his dark past and be a good person are constantly being defeated by the greed and malice of others. And I was once again captivated by the world-building.

You know how the...more
Darkshadow
Eğer sürekli bir young-adult okuyucusuysanız bu türde çıkan kitapların giderek nasıl sıradanlaşıp birbirine benzemeye başladığını fark etmişsinizdir. İşte Holly Black bu benzerlikten sıyrılabilen, yetenekli yazarlardan biri. Lanet İşleyiciler (Curse Workers) serisi de ender bulunan nitelikleriyle benim gözümde giderek yükseliyor.
Aslında serinin ilk kitabı Beyaz Kedi'yi okurken "o kadar da iyi değil" diyordum. Hatta bitmesine birkaç sayfa kala 4 yıldız vermeyi kafama koymuştum ancak kitap bitip...more
Nafiza
Sequels are tricky things. At least, I think so. You write an awesome book, it is well received and you are left with a warm glow of satisfaction of a job well done, of getting your message expressed and understood. And then you are faced with a sequel. Where people will expect even more from you. They will expect you to sustain the wonderfulness that was the first novel while adding something a bit extra that will set it apart from its predecessor and make it awesome sauce in its own right. It’...more
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Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Gl...more
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