Author: Holly Black (@hollyblack)
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Series: Curse Workers #2
The Other Books: White Cat, Black Heart
Extras: Trailer, MW&B Website, Series Website
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.
You should… – Buy it
Series, Author, Cover Reading
Judge the Cover – Like I said before, I love the first covers more than these new covers. On the first Red Glove cover, you see Lila and the creepy red glove touching her. I love being able to see Lila.
A Little Teaser – “You liked me before,” she says. “And I liked you. I loved you,
Cassel. Before the curse. I always loved you. And I don’t
There is nothing I want more than to believe her. But I can’t. I don’t.
Review – This book was a great sequel. I am still in love with
I don’t care about his past and what he did, he’s intelligent, witty, and he
can make a girl’s heart swoon.
Be warned there are a few spoilers ahead! Read White Cat before continuing on.
I was getting so frustrated with this book at first. I couldn’t figure out who killed Phillip before
Cassel!? And I am like a top
mystery/crime solver when it comes to books. So, it makes me mad that I can’t
figure out who did what in this novel. But in the end, when the killer is
finally revealed, you start to take noticed that the clues were there all
along. I even laughed at myself for being so clueless. Holly Black did create a
great mystery series, because this one is a tough case to crack.
It seems like everyone just wants to use
Cassel for his talent.
First his family, then Zacharov, and now the Feds. Except the Feds don’t about
his talent, they only know he’s a curseworker. Like I said before, Cassel isn’t a good guy. He tries to what he thinks is
best, but he’s still a con man and murderer. For once you are not following a
hero, and it’s feels good to be on the dark side of things.
Another thing that I liked, the main character doesn’t have the instant love going on. Instead, the main character can’t even tell the girl he loves her.
has been in love with Lila since they were younger, and when she finally
returns the feelings… it isn’t real. Cassel’s mother is an emotion worker and
in the end of White Cat, she works Lila into loving Cassel.
Now Cassel has to stay away from Lila because
he knows her love isn’t real.
Isn’t that heartbreaking!?
In the first book,
Cassel finds out about his transformation talent. In this
book, he is still trying to accept what he is able to do and what he already
did. So I am hoping in the final book, he finally accepts his talent.
Author/Book News – Check out Holly’s blog for news on what’s she working on next.