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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TBR Tuesday: White Cat & Red Glove

Most of us have books we've bought with all intentions of reading (or maybe just because it was cheap!), only to have them fade away on a shelf or disappear into a stack of books, never to be seen or thought of again.
TBR Tuesday is a way to talk about the books we own but haven't read, see what other people think about them, and help us decide whether to bump it up our list or knock it off completely.
[If you're more a book borrower than a book buyer, you're still welcome to participate with the books that you've been meaning to read and haven't!]

On my TBR

White Cat by Holly Black
Fantasy, 310 pages
May 4th 2010 from Margaret K. McElderry
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers — people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail — he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love — or death — and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

Red Glove by Holly Black
Fantasy, 325 pages
April 5th 2011 from Margaret K. McElderry
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.

When I was making the plans for Helluva Halloween this year, I thought about trying to work these books in.  But there were just so many books I wanted to cover and just not nearly enough time (and as it turns out, I won't even be able to cover the ones I did plan on...).  I've been in the mood for something lately, though, that I can't quite put my finger on, but I think these might fit the bill.  Sooner rather than later reading, I'm thinking.  (Also, I just love these titles for some reason.)
What about you?  Have you guys read these?  Love 'em, hate 'em, indifferent?

What's on your TBR?

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  1. I listened to the audio version of White Cat and I actually really enjoyed it. I got it for free and had never heard of the series prior to that. I really want to read Red Glove though and I think the third installment (Black Heart I think its called?) is going to be out sometime next year.

  2. I've had these on my TBR forever too!! I love Holly Black!!

  3. Yeah, I've got both of these hanging out in my TBR as well. I actually just bought, Red Glove, though. It hasn't been there too long and I bumped both titles up after buying it. I actually haven't heard very much about these (but I might have been under a rock).

  4. I have a pretty large TBR list, but I try to only buy books that I am going to read right now. A good way to do that is with a Kindle or other e-book reader. Adding the book to a wish list is like window shopping. I won’t forget the name of the book, but I haven’t spent any money on it. I do have a giant, hardbound copy of “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell” that sits on my book shelf, waiting to be read. I also have a huge YA library of books that I have not read, but that have been read, borrowed, etc. by my students.

  5. I listened to the audiobook of White Cat and it was pretty good...not great...but good...haven't gotten to Red Glove yet...not sure if I am going to continue the series....

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  6. I just chose to read White Cat as my TBR Intervention meme - and I finished it too! I really enjoyed it! I hope you decide to read it soon - super quick read! Looking forward to the next one - but the last one isn't going to be out for awhile i think...
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  7. I read White Cat and Red Glove is on my tbr list.


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