Sunday, September 22, 2013

Red Glove by Holly Black (Book review)

Title: Red Glove by Holly Black
Series: Book 2 of the Curse Workers trilogy; sequel to White Cat (See my review here.)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books. 
Release Date: April 30, 2011
Genres: fantasy, romance, action, mystery
Medium: Hardback, borrowed from local library
After reading the Spiderwick Chronicles and White Cat, I knew I definitely wanted to continue reading Holly Black's work. When I came upon this sequel in the library the other day, I knew it was the perfect time to read this. And Holly Black did not disappoint this time around either.
With a riveting plot line and plenty of twists and turns, Red Glove is an action-packed, mysterious, fantasy with undertones of romance. In this great sequel, Cassel learns he is a curse worker, a transformation worker actually, maybe the only one in half a century. His family is full of con artists, dream workers, memory workers, etc., although they are all more malicious than he. Working with a conscience, he works to clear his name, after finding out his own brother worked him to forget the murders he committed. A giant mystery unfolds. Underneath all of this, the girl he is in love with has just been emotion worked by his mother, forced to love Cassel and think she's in love with him.
The writing was very good. With the high fantasy in this novel, her writing had to be descriptive, yet believable, and must be very suspenseful and gripping, and be full of cliff hangers and hooks. And it did have all of those things. Holly Black manages to write a dark, sensual fantasy that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.

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