[Review] Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove
(The Curse Workers #2)

Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 325 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Fiction – Mystery, Fantasy


The cons get craftier and the stakes rise ever higher in the riveting sequel to White Cat—now in paperback! After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov’s retribution and finding out that Lila, the girl he has loved his whole life, will never, ever be his, Cassel is trying to reestablish some kind of normalcy in his life. That was never going to be easy for someone from a worker family that’s tied to one of the big crime families—and whose mother’s cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is coming to terms with what it means to be a transformation worker, and he’s figuring out how to have friends.
Except normal doesn’t last very long. Soon Cassel is being courted by both sides of the law and is forced to confront his past—a past he remembers only in scattered fragments, and one that could destroy his family and his future. Cassel will have to decide whose side he wants to be on, because neutrality is not an option. And then he will have to pull off his biggest con ever to survive…


I’ve never read mystery books before. (You know, Sherlock Holmes and any of those.) I always thought that books like that need full concentration, you just have to think all the time until your brain get squeezed. Probably the reason behind that is because I read books as an escape from my horribly tiring school stuff so I tend to pick books with lighter theme.

Well, White Cat and Red Glove are not those kinds of book.

There are crime and mystery and I could say that Cassel is basically being a teenage detective in this series, being torn between his own desire, family loyalty and justice. The plot gets more and more complicated until you reach middle of the book so I suggest you not to put off this book too long once you start it. But, there are also humors thrown in every page to lighten the atmosphere and I couldn’t do anything but laugh, laugh and laugh in the beginning of Red Glove!

What makes this series stands out from the other YA is the writing. White Cat is written in Cassel’s witty POV and I’m glad that also goes for book two. It’s quite rare to find a book narrated by male these days… Cassel’s voice actually sounds like a real teenage guy and it couldn’t be any clearer and funnier than this. Though he’s kinda too impulsive sometimes.

Based on my experience with book one, I already smelled that there would definitely be plot twists in this book and fortunately I wasn’t disappointed. Some of the twists were quite obvious to me, some were totally unthinkable, one that I already guessed in the beginning was revealed halfway of the book to be completely wrong. But then later, my first prediction turns out to be correct. Haha. Holly Black has handled the plot development amazingly and a lot of things happening but she managed to conclude the book well.

All in all, Red Glove is a really great sequel – it has crime, mystery, secrets uncovering, unexpected twist and tough decision. You’ll be fascinated with the fun writing and characters, even with the villain. It makes me sad that this series is sorta underrated despite its fresh concept. I can’t wait to read book three and luckily, this time, I have it already!! 😀


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