Red Glove

Red Glove

Book - 2011
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When federal agents learn that seventeen-year-old Cassel Sharpe, a powerful transformation worker, may be of use to them, they offer him a deal to join them rather than the mobsters for whom his brothers work.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781442403390
144240339X
Branch Call Number: YA F BLA

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vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov’s retribution, 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 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….

FindingJane Sep 14, 2014

“Red Glove” continues the storyline of “White Cat” and ratchets up the level of danger considerably. Cassel Sharpe is involved in a murder mystery, bribery from the mob to join them, extortion from the feds to aid them in their investigation and fighting the temptation to make love to a girl who’s been cursed to love him. Oh, and he’s flunking physics. Life’s never easy for teenagers, is it?

Filled with nail-biting tension and excitement from its various plots, counterplots, scams, cons and pressure from peers, family and vicious strangers, this is one thoroughly engrossing series. I found myself pulled into admiring Cassel Sharpe, even when I didn’t want to (ah, the art of the con), and rooting for him to succeed against insurmountable odds.

Ms. Black reminds us what it means to be a good, no, “fantastic” storyteller, building her fictional world step by solid step until you can’t help but be pulled into it, mesmerized by the strength of her characters, the plausibility of their actions and the workings of the world around them. I’m looking forward to reading the continuation of Cassel Sharpe’s “education”.

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sportsbookspce
Aug 17, 2013

Red Glove was an amazing sequel to White Cat. Although White Cat was a bit confusing Red Glove wasn't because you've already gotten most of the background information. I liked how Cassel's friends, Sam and Daneca were in this book more and were more immersed in the "con world". There were surprises that kept the book interesting and had me hooked to the end. Cassel is an awesome character even though he's a killer (as someone previously mentioned).

JewelMcLatchy May 23, 2013

Phenomenal follow-up to White Cat. Great continuation of the story, more character development all around. Just another great novel from Holly Black.

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Alexandra_C_E
May 13, 2013

You know, I’ve heard a lot of people say they weren’t to keen (love that word!) on the first book, but I actually really did enjoy it quite a bit – and the second kept my attention and interest just as much. I think guys would enjoy this series – I know often the paranormal books are that geared to guys, but this one and some of the other steampunk-ish books are. Essentially, I thought it was a really cool premise and strong characters that you really get invested in…

Rach1214 Aug 09, 2012

It's a great sequel to it's counterpart, but I can't say it the best book of it's series. Recommended for people who loves suspense.

jazs Aug 29, 2011

Childlit best fantasy recommendation;sequel to white cat ; Curse Workers series book 1 : White Cat; book 2 : Red Glove; book 3 Black Heart

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Riceyy
Jul 25, 2011

Red Glove was a great sequel to White Cat, carrying the same amount of suspense, thrill and danger. I found that with this series so far, it has taken me a while to get into the books, as the stories really only pick up until you are halfway through the book.
Even so, the characters were great, the storyline was intriguing and original, and I cannot wait for Black Heart.

debwalker Mar 30, 2011

April release for the sequel to White Cat. 17-year-old Cassel uses knowledge he gained about his capabilities at the close of book one in the Curse Workers series.

How could I sum up Red Glove in one word? A-crazy-awesome-thrill-ride-sequel-to-White-Cat. Needless to say, I had a major freak out when this arrived in my mailbox not too long ago. How fast did I read it? In two days. Why did it take me that long? It took longer to process the awesomeness. As you can probably tell, Red Glove was a great read that is now one of my favorite YA books.

The cover of Red Glove is very intriguing. It makes you wonder what sort of situation it is. Is the cover model in trouble? Who's wearing the red glove? I really love how they tie the cover into the story and how the cover actually has connections to the story. I like how it matches the paperback version of White Cat and how it has the mysterious curl of smoke rising from the glove that was also featured on White Cat. My favorite part of this cover would have to be that red glove though. Where can I get a pair?

The characters in Red Glove grew quite a bit from their White Cat younger selves. Cassel grew in the fact that he was smitten for a girl that he couldn't be with due to the circumstances. Sam and Daneca grew as well, as a couple and as singular people. Sam's growth came because Cassel's friendship with him grew and Sam became more daring than before and actually aided more often with Cassel's cons. Daneca had some pretty huge secrets revealed that flipped others on their ears in shock. The other smaller characters in Red Glove included the feds, who were constantly trying to recruit Cassel and the mob, who were too trying to recruit Cassel. I loved the cast of characters for Red Glove for many reasons including how well they fit into their setting and how likable they were as a whole. I would also like to point out that I fell for Cassel in White Cat and he lost none of my adoration in Red Glove, so back off, he's mine. :)

The writing was my favorite part of the book. Holly Black is an amazing storyteller, as she tells the tale with sharp twists and turns, zigs and zags. The writing is so powerful and unique that it keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and can make the reader feel emotions ranging from devastation to joy or anywhere in between. Plus, Red Glove doesn't try and tip toe around death as many stories do, rather it's in the story and is used to enhance the storyline rather than bring it down. The storyline was so enthralling that I never wanted to put the book down. I got so wrapped up in the fast paced story that I felt as if I was a part of the story rather than just a reader looking in. I personally just adored the writing style and the storyline to death because both were so unique and well done. The story itself was just as good as White Cat, if not better and it was very much just as awesome altogether.

Red Glove was just as phenomenal as the last book, White Cat. It proved itself to be a very well thought out thrill ride of a book. It was one of my favorite YA books I've read in a while and for that reason it gets a 5/5.

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juliabrillinger
Jun 24, 2011

Cassel is a teenage boy, and a worker. Curse workers have different magical gifts that they can use to "con" others with the touch of a hand. Cassel's whole family are curse workers, - and criminals- but until recently he thought he was powerless. However, he learns to his dismay that not only is he a transformation worker (able to transform anything into anything else) but his brothers have manipulated him into using this power to kill people, and then erased his memories of the murders. In Red Glove, Cassel is ordered by the feds to solve a series of murders, including that of his brother. But Cassel knows more than he's telling them. The mob wants his help too, and he just wants to forget about his powers. In this book of gray morality, where no one is completely innocent, and everyone has a secret, Cassel can't trust anyone. See my full review here: http://throughthebookvine.blogspot.com/2011/05/red-glove.html

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JewelMcLatchy May 18, 2013

I see Barron in the living room, his arm around an elderly lady I don't know. She's telling him about how back in her day, if you really wanted to make money, you went into opium. Clearly she doesn't know that today all you need for meth is a hotel coffeepot, but I'm not going to be the one to tell her.

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