Friday, May 6, 2011

Book Review: Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove by Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication date: April 2011
ISBN: 9781442403390
Source: e-galley provided by Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab

Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2) 

*Some spoilers for White Cat*
Cassel's life was turned upside down, when he learned that not only was he a worker, but a very rare type of worker at that.  And he was being used by his brothers for their dirty work.  Now, he's trying to return to normal life, but nothing will ever be normal again.  When his brother is murdered and the feds show up trying to solve the case, Cassel is embroiled even more in a world of deceit, lies, and destruction.  Will he be able to extricate himself without losing all he cares about?

Things I Liked:
Remember how I loved White Cat?  This one did not disappoint for me either.  The realistic feel of Black's world is amazing!  She's managed to create this alternate reality with curse workers and magic that feels absolutely real.  The details and description just suck you into it.  Not only that, but Cassel is also really interesting and, well, real.  He feels like a real teenage guy, dealing with all the regular teenage things, in addition to the crook lifestyle of his family and the gangsters pitching for his help.  He has the good guy vibe going for him, while also not really being a good guy.  And I have to admit I loved the crime family lifestyle.  There is something so appealing about reading those kinds of stories (as opposed to living them).  Oh, and I have to mention the awesome twists that Black manages to throw in as well.  I don't usually see all of them coming, though sometimes I'll get a few.  Seriously, this is probably one of my favorite series ever.  Some favorite parts:

I remember sitting in the basement for hours, watching movie after movie of rough-voiced women and men in dapper suits with drinks in their gloved hands.  When Lila's parents divorced, she went to Paris with her father and came back smoking Gitanes and outlining her eyes in smudgy black kohl.  It was like she stepped out of the movie I wanted to be in. p 145
I thought that I could never betray my family, work someone I loved, never kill anyone, never be like Philip, but I get more like him every day.  Life's full of opportunities to make crappy decisions that feel good.  And after the first one, the rest get a whole lot easier.  p 253
Things I Didn't Like:
It wasn't quite as amazing as the first one.  But darn near close.  I can't remember anything else I didn't like about it, though.  

I guess it felt a little Heist Society by Ally Carter

s-factor: !@#
plenty throughout (no f-words)

mrg-factor: XXX
it was very sensual in a few places

v-factor: ->->
some instances of roughing people up, but nothing too graphic

Overall rating: *****

Any others who are just as enthralled by this world and Cassel?

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  1. I'm so glad you like these. It's always fun to have someone that gets it. And you explain yourself better than I can.

  2. Okay, question time...I'm a middle school librarian and I swear by School Library Journal and Booklist to guide me as far as appropriateness for grade levels. Booklist says okay for grades 7 and up, but School Library Journal says okay for grades 10 and up. That's quite a difference. What do you think???

  3. Jenny, I think that of what you write in your reviews - in fact, I think pretty much everyone explains stuff better than me :)

    Bookshelf Monstrosity, I would definitely say it's closer to the 10th grade level. It's definitely an older teen book. That's just my limited and flawed opinion though :) (and yes that is quite a difference in suggested ages!!)

  4. I just found you through google and so glad I did. I'm following ;)


  5. Elisabeth - welcome! I'll have to check out your blog!


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