Title: Red Glove (Cursed Workers #2)
Author: Holly Black
Published: April 5th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Summary: 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.
Thoughts:**please excuse the ridiculous fan-girling**
Holy cow! To be honest, I wasn't really a huge fan of White Cat. I liked it enough, but it wasn't necessarily my favorite 2010 read. Red Glove, on the other hand, is everything I love about reading, and possibly even more. The summary doesn't lie. The cons do get twistier and the stakes higher. You think you know, but really, you have no idea!
There's heartache, humor, and crazy mobsters. Cassel is an amazing narrator. I absolutely adored his witty, but still somehow charming, personality. Deep down, he's a good guy, even though his actions beg to differ. And I loved the way Lila's character plays such an important role in this book. I didn't know how I'd feel about her after White Cat, but now? Wow. I love/hate her in the best kind of way. Just add in a cup of Sam and Daneca, and you've got the recipe made of win!
And that ending?
Oh. My. Goodness. I thought I had it all figured out. I thought "Psssh, I got this!" Well, the ending basically slapped me in the face because I didn't, not in a million years, ever would have guessd THAT was how it was going to end. Needless to say, I'm going to need to read the next book ASAP!
It's really hard for me to review this book without giving away any spoilers. Every single detail is important, so I'll leave it at this: For those who enjoyed White Cat, you are going to LOOOOOVE Red Glove. And if you weren't a fan of White Cat, I still recommend checking it out. I may not have been an original Cursed Workers fan, but now I'm hooked!