Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Red Glove, by Holly Black- Review
Now a year ago, I felt like White Cat got a bad rap. I was surprised how many reviewers were fairly ambivalent about a story I thought was really unusual and totally captivating. I suspect people were used to Holly dealing with mythical creatures and were thrown by the gangster world of curse workers she'd created. I, on the other hand, couldn't get enough of it.
To say I was completely smitten with part 1, White Cat, would be an understatement, so it's hardly surprising I was blown away by Red Glove. After turning the last page I was so excited I would have moved straight into re-reading White Cat, if it wasn't for the enormous TBR pile I had looming in front of it on the bookshelf.
So for those of you not in the know, Red Glove continues just a few months after the ending of White Cat, picking up with Cassel and his mom in Atlantic city. His life has been incredibly complicated since his round of discoveries during book 1, and he's just trying to get by. Unfortunately emotion curses, memory curses, murder and discovering you're the rarest and most sought after type of curse worker, are not things you can hide from. In no time he's knee deep in FBI, Mafia, and girl issues. Now those are some teen problems I wouldn't want to deal with all at the same time.
Holly once again wound the story thread into so many twists and turns I had no idea where she was going until she tied the very final knot. A technique she used so well in White Cat, I didn't trust she could pull it off as well a second time. But she showed me, and boy am I glad she did. With great characters, a sound plot and her fascinating world I'm not sure she could have gone wrong.
Cassel is one of those wholly sympathetic characters. A born liar and con artist, he makes every effort to be better then his upbringing, even if only in bits and pieces. Holly has managed to make him one of those engrossing characters whose skills only underline his faults and although you have complete faith he's the good guy, you're still never quite sure if he'll do the right thing.
This series is well on it's way to being Holly Blacks masterpiece and I can't wait for Black Heart, though at the same time I don't want it to be the last book in this world. If you haven't given the first two books a chance yet, then make sure you do. And if you weren't sure about White Cat to begin with I would highly recommend taking a second look at it after reading Red Glove, I'm pretty sure you won't be able to figure out what you didn't like the first time.
Red Glove, By Holly Black
Published by Margaret K. McElderry
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