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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

TBR Tuesday: Red Glove

TBR Tuesday: Showcasing all the books that are currently staring at you from your "Why aren't you reading me?" pile....

On my TBR

Red Glove by Holly Black
Fantasy, 325 pages
April 5th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Amazon | Book Depository | Goodreads
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.

I've had this one sitting on my shelves since the Borders liquidation sales.  I hadn't read White Cat at that time, though I had it.  And even though I know Holly Black can be hit or miss with me, I figured, for a few $$, why not?  
Now, having read White Cat and been very pleasantly surprised, I was very pleased with myself for having bought this.  In fact, I would have liked to move straight on to this one and keep the flow of the series going.  But I didn't have time at the time, and I had a number of people tell me that Red Glove kind of lost steam and didn't have the same magic as White Cat.  So for the time being, this still sits on my shelves, waiting.
What do you guys think?  Does this live up to White Cat, or is it one of Black's misses?

What's on your TBR?


  1. I loooved White Cat and can not wait to get my hands on the Red Glove audio.

  2. I've been reading your blog for a few months, but this is my first comment. So:

    While definitely not as good as White Cat, I still wouldn't consider Red Glove a miss. I absolutely loved White Cat, so it would have been difficult for the second book to live up to the first one.

    Holly Black is a bit of a hit and miss for me, too, but I found Red Glove to be ok and entertaining, not awesome, but not a miss either. I still loved the characters, althought the plot wasn't as intricate, tightly woven and interesting as in White Cat.

    Red Glove didn't turn me off the series. I'm still anxiously awaiting to read my Black Heart UK paperback (should be out next week)! After that I can make up my mind about whether I love the series or just the first book.

  3. So I'm probably in the minority, but I didn't enjoy the White Cat as much as I hoped I would. I just could see every plot twist coming from miles away.

    But the Red Glove, I loved it. I thought it was better than the White Cat. Now I'm jumping to get my hands on the Black Heart...

  4. Secretly_Samus, I'm sort of strange, because I could also see the plot twists coming from miles away in White Cat - but it didn't bother me! :D I loved the characters and the setting and even the plot despite guessing what would happen.


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