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Red Glove (Curse Workers Series #2)

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by Holly Black

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The cons get twistier and the stakes get higher in Red Glove, the sequel to White Cat.


The cons get twistier and the stakes get higher in Red Glove, the sequel to White Cat.

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Publishers Weekly
In this smart and well-executed sequel to White Cat, 17-year-old Cassel Sharpe is still getting used to the idea that he's a transformation worker, the rarest and most powerful type of curse worker, able to transmute people and objects into whatever he wishes. Growing up in a crime family, he's always been on the wrong side of the law, but now everyone wants a piece of Cassel, including a mob boss, who sees him as an untraceable hit man, and U.S. agents, who want him to replace his recently murdered brother as an informant. Also, Cassel's mother has put a love curse on Lila, the mob boss's daughter, and Cassel's plan to avoid her until it wears off ("Lila's desire for me is a perversion of love. A mockery") dissolves when Lila enrolls at his prep school. As Cassel's grandfather warns him, "Magic gives you a lot of choices.... Most of them are bad." Black again delivers complex characters and a nicely developed alternate universe where magic workers are social pariahs. This powerful, edgy dark fantasy won't disappoint Black's fans. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)
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* "Black again delivers complex characters and a nicely developed alternate universe where magic workers are social pariahs. This powerful, edgy dark fantasy won't disappoint Black's fans."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Dark, disturbing fare, crafted by a master; readers of the trilogy's first will be supremely satisfied."--Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will be happy to slip back into Black’s elaborate, fascinating world of workers, curses, and the seeming ease with which everyone has learned to live in a world where no one, not even family, can be truly trusted, and this sequel offers satisfying additional glimpses into this nearly familiar but ultimately shockingly different world."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The Curse Workers series continues to offer a sleek and stylish blend of urban fantasy and crime noir."--Booklist

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
The second book in the Curse Workers trilogy picks up with Cassel Sharpe returning to his prep school with a lot of baggage, mostly of the personal kind. Lila is back at school, too, and still cursed, if loving Cassel can be considered a curse. Cassel is conflicted about his awareness of his abilities as a transformation worker. His ambivalence only becomes more profound when his brother Phillip is found murdered. Two government agents come to school to talk to Cassel about the secret Phillip has been keeping from his family: that he had just agreed to work for the Feds. As Cassel works to figure out who killed Phillip—his mom?, his girlfriend?, a mobster?, his brother Barron?—he turns to his own cunning as well as the support of his prep school friends to solve the mystery. Black fans will love this second book in the series, especially for the way in which it continues Cassel and Lila's story and adds the additional tension of Cassel being courted by the two mob families as well as the Feds. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Cassel Sharpe spent his summer in Atlantic City with a string of blond girls, trying to forget Lila. After all, he turned her into a cat, and once she regained her human form, his mother cursed her to love him. Cassel knows he should avoid her. However, when he returns to school, he discovers that she has also enrolled in order to be near him. Soon, keeping his distance from Lila becomes the least of his worries; Cassel's older brother Philip is murdered, and the Feds want his help to solve the crime. Working with agents will put him in danger from two sources: If Lila's father, crime lord Zacharov, discovers that Cassel has turned informant, he will face the same fate as Philip. And if the Feds learn that Cassel is a transformation worker, they will find a reason to lock him up and throw away the key. In the midst of all the organized crime and romantic angst, Cassel also must navigate a high school where curse workers are regarded with suspicion and even hatred. While the mystery of who killed Philip isn't the most compelling part of the book, the drama caused by the relationships and the depiction of supernatural organized crime keep the plot moving along. All of the characters from White Cat (S & S, 2010) have matured, and their development is adequately depicted in this book. Part X-Men and part Sopranos, Red Glove will appeal to teens looking for a thrilling read.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Curse Workers Series , #2
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5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of the Spiderwick series. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and has been translated into twelve languages. Her second teen novel, Valiant, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Locus Magazine Recommended Read, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her third teen novel, Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, was a New York Times bestseller. Her new novel, White Cat, received three starred reviews. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit Holly at blackholly.com.

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Red Glove (Curse Workers Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes sequels are even better than prequels. It does not happen often, but when it does, it is nothing short of spectacular. Luckily, Holly Black's Red Glove was one of those books. Spellbinding, unique, fast paced, Red Glove packs quite the punch to say the least. It has been a while since White Cat left off, and Cassel is still dealing with the drama and mishaps that previously occurred. He is barley talking to his brothers- given the fact he can barely trust them-, and he is avoiding the girl of his dreams, thanks to the ridiculous curse of his mother's, among other things. However, everything changes when the feds contact him after his older brother's suspicious death. Learning things about the past as well as the current times, Cassel falls into yet another sketchy situation, leaving him torn between "good" and "bad." What side of the game will Cassel fall on? Will everything with Lila ever get better? Only time and more pages will tell in this action-packed sequel. In this addition, Cassel grew greatly as a character. He became someone I didn't just "like" but "love." For one, he is pretty kick-butt. He is cunning and manipulative at times, but he still is a huge sweetheart when it comes down to it. I especially loved seeing his relationship with Lila continue, as it caused lots of suspense and intrigue. Moreover, not only did the secondary characters in this also grew greatly, but they also played such a great role in the book as either the "bad" people or the "good" or even sometimes in between the two. I also adored the plot of this one! It was filled with so many heart-stopping moments that continuously had me on the edge of my seat, dying to know what would happen next. There were many twists and turns involving not only the curse workers but the characters and their relationships as well. I especially loved the ending, as it completely amazed me becasue I did not expect it one bit. Full of twists and turns, Red Glove is a book you simply cannot miss this spring season! Now if I could only get the third one ASAP. Grade: A-
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These books dint draw me in and make me want to keep reading as much as some other books butnthey are still enticing and beautiful and i reccomend them
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HaftMiles More than 1 year ago
I love how Cassel simultaneously continues to better and screw over his life. The poor boy can't win. 4.5 stars instead of 5 because of the verbose end. I feel like this book could have done better with that but got lazy. I still didn't see it coming, though. ¿*´¿¿*¿ ------ “Oh- and grab the plastic bag over by my suitcase." I slug down the last of the coffee and get up. The bag contains panty hose. I put them on her desk. "They're for you." "You want me to look homeless, desperate, but also kind of fabulous?”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Holly Black lives up to expectations with this series!
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I loved this book an i couldnt stop reading it all the curse worker books are epic
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Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
RED GLOVE continues the story around Cassel and his con worker family with finesse and even more bottomless feelings.Where WHITE CAT helped us to establish ourselves to the strange-in a positive way- world of gloves and magic, RED GLOVE dives deeper into the bonds of family, foes and friends around Cassel Sharpe. Cassel is an outcast, talking about himself as dangerous while I love his torn character. He’s torn between lie and honesty, the criminal and the right thought, always circling around the same girl, Lila. Their relationship is complex, difficult because it is built up by many different layers of time and action. While we get, thanks to the first person narrator, an insight into Cassel’s thoughts and feelings we never know how Lila really feels. And it's especially that mysterious bond between the two I love. I wasn’t extremely interested in or fond of secondary characters like Cassel’s friends Sam and Daneca or his family members, probably because with Cassel we already got a protagonist that devours a lot of attention. You shouldn’t think of RED GLOVE as a bright and all easy read. It’s a book displaying a corrupt and criminal society with shady characters and events. I wouldn’t describe RED GLOVE as a dystopian novel, still I sometimes registered the same gloomy atmosphere that is characteristic for a good read about an imperfect world. Holly Black’s writing is not main-stream. Her speciality are short but concise sentences, her novel is made up of a wide vocabulary foundation and complex characters. Black is not just a con artist when it comes to playing with her characters, but with readers, too. I can’t believe it’s a years wait for BLACK HEART! THE VERDICT I give it 4,5/5 stars. Once again a conjuring mix of a magical world made up of shady figures and stirring emotions, written by the gloved-cat-lady in a fantastic non-mainstream style!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
**Red Glove is the second book in Holly Black's Curse Worker Series. This review has spoilers for the plot of the first book White Cat. You have been warned.** Cassel Sharpe thought he knew all the angles. He thought he understood his family of criminals and curse workers even though he wasn't really a part of that world. That was before Cassel found out he was a Transformation Worker. That was before he betrayed his brothers before they could do the same to him. That was before the girl he thought he killed came back. It was long before she was cursed to love him. Now the mob wants Cassel on their side and the feds are asking him inconvenient questions about a red-gloved murderer. Cassel is being pushed down a path he doesn't want to follow--one he might have to walk alone. But what if he doesn't have any other options? The only thing Cassel really knows is that the future is going to be here soon than he thinks in Red Glove (2011) by Holly Black. Red Glove is the second book in Black's Curse Worker's trilogy. (It's preceded by White Cat and will be followed by Black Heart.) Black's world building in this series is phenomenonal. Red Glove expands on details and presents new aspects of Cassel's world including politics and cops--something every good noir story needs. Possibly because the groundwork was already laid, this book feels less graphic and gory than White Cat.* As the second book in a trilogy, Red Glove does its job perfectly by both expanding on the events in the first book and building up to (what will probably be) a sensational conclusion in book three. The story here once again delivers a satisfying blend of fantasy, noir, and good old fashioned suspense. Cassel remains a delightful narrator even when he is unethical and dangerous; his moral struggles and frank assessment of his own character are part of what makes this series great. Even better this book confirmed that maybe, just maybe, Cassel might be okay at the end of everything. Or not. If nothing else, he might finally know what kind of man he really is. *Or maybe it was just me. I was amazed at how much less devastating the reality of curse worker blowback felt in this book. And I was thrilled at how much more I enjoyed this book compared to the first. Yay. Possible Pairings: Strings Attached by Judy Blundell, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, Heist Society by Ally Carter, Leverage (television series), White Collar (television series)
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Best book I've ever read!
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