Saturday, March 5, 2011
Red Glove by: Holly Black
Synopsis: 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 now that his mother has worked her, 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 tied to one of the big crime families and a mother whose cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is also coming to terms with what it means to be a transformation worker and figuring out how to have friends.
But 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.
Thoughts: The fast paced con world, unlike any other, that Holly Black has created will definitely keep you on your toes. The stakes are higher, the love is more strangled, and you will be guessing until the very end.
Red Glove picks up where White Cat left off. Cassel is trying to spend time with his recently-jailed released mother, cope with the fact that the girl he loves has been worked to love him, and come to terms with knowing he's a tranformation worker. Returning to school and his old ways seems easy enough until someone close to him is murdered. Cassel will do whatever must to figure out what happened and People start to come at him from every angle, including the feds and Zacharov himself. Cassel must start to trust people as he tries to solve a murder and pull off a whole new con.
Red Glove was a fantastic book. But I have to say, unfortunately, Red Glove didn't impress me as much as White Cat did. Don't get me wrong, I loved so many aspects of this book and I still really, super enjoy this series! I really loved watching the emotional roller coaster that Cassel goes through with Lila in this installment. At the end of this book, with their situation, I was just like WHAT?! Other than that, I really adore this world that Holly Black so cleverly created. It's so unique, awesome, and dark.
There are definitely some twists in this book I did not see coming, and I was pleasantly surprised. The reason Red Glove fell short for me is because I just felt like the action was rising and rising and I thought there was going to be some huge twist, but there wasn't. Does that mean the book was bad? Heck no! The book was still a fantastic read!! Does it mean everyone will feel the same way as me? No, of course not. Maybe I set my expectations too high; I don't know.
Overall Red Glove was a good read and I am defintely looking forward to the conclusion in BLACK HEART.
PS. There's a JACE reference. Loved it :)