Mundie Moms

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Book Review- Red Glove

Released- April 5th, 2011 TODAY
Source- ARC from publisher for Review
5 stars- A fabulous sequel

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 (quoted from Goodreads).

What a great sequel!! I absolutely love Holly's writing. She creates such a vivid world and makes me not only fall for Cassel but I end up loving the characters she's created no matter how broken or bad they are. If they were written in another fashion or were in a different story they would have bothered me, but Holly has a way of giving her characters the all or nothing, that I like.

Oh Cassel. Can this boy be any more broken? If you thought Jace was broken in City of Ashes, wait till you meet Cassel in Red Glove. It's not hard for me to love this character. Yes I know, he's not a shadowhunter or a wolf, but he's a fighter, he makes mistakes (a lot of them) and he's relatable. He's far from the traditional main hero, but he's still a hero as no matter how many times he gets kicked around he won't give up. Being the youngest in a family of Cons he's constantly fighting to make a name for himself and tries to be better than that of his surroundings. No matter how much he tries to be better than those in his family, he's constantly brought down by their wrong doings. So how can I not want to give him a motherly hug and tell him to keep at it, though I'm sure he wouldn't find that enjoyable.

Then there's Cassel's mother... Ugh I wanted to con that women myself, as she evokes so many emotions from me when I'm reading about her. I felt so bad for Cassel for the crap she pulls over on him (I'm not giving away spoilers) and it really set up for some heart breaking scenes between Cassel and Lila. Having said that, let me just say that Holly has written a fascinating character w/ Cassel's mom. It's hard to explain as like Cassel, she's just doing what she thinks is best. I'd love to elaborate further, but I can't do so without giving away spoilers.

Red Glove is a very quick, engaging read and I love all the twist and turns that Holly continues to throw in this series. The Curse Workers series is fascinating, and edgy. I love Holly's talent to mix paranormal abilities with realistic characters who live in a little bit of a darker, grittier world. Like Cassie, Holly knows how to grab a hold of my emotions and leaves me wanting more. I can not wait for Blackheart's release and I recommend picking up Red Glove today!


  1. I'm glad you liked this book! I loved it! Great review.

  2. Thank you Kayla. It's a great series!

  3. I absolutely LOVED Red Glove. It was an exciting edition to the series. Ah, i want Black Heart now! I can't bear to wait but we all do, don't we?

    Great review.

    Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte.

  4. Great review!! I SO agree about Cassel's mom! UGH! I wanted to slap that woman!

  5. Mocha Latte- Thank you! Yes, I can't wait for Black Heart!! Especially now that I get what it means.

    Andye- Thank you! Ugh, his mother! She's a character I think a lot of people are going to love to hate.

  6. Ack! I need to get this one ASAP!! Cassel sounds even better in this one than in White Cat. Great review! =)