Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Length: 7 hours, 5 min
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Series: Curse Workers #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
The cons get craftier and the stakes rise ever higher in the riveting sequel to White Cat.
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….
Second book syndrome or slump?
I really enjoyed WHITE CAT but for some reason I never fully connected with RED GLOVE. It may be attributable to a slump I was in at the time, or it may be because I actually didn’t enjoy it as much. It’s difficult to tell and to be honest I think it might be a combination. The characters annoyed me a bit more this time, and I didn’t find the plot as exciting overall. Being in a massive slump never helps these feelings.
Wanted more mystery
I miss the cons of WHITE CAT. RED GLOVE had potential, especially with the murder mystery attached, but it didn’t feel like that has as big of a part as it could of. For me it gelt like most of the time was spent on the romance/ “are the feelings real or is it still a curse” dilemma with Lila. I didn’t care about that when I had a murder mystery and exploration of Cas’s past deeds teasing me from the corner.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s well written
I may have found the plot boring but the writing wasn’t. Again, Holly Black has made Cas a great main character and Jesse Eisenberg’s a fantastic narrator. The story moves fast enough and flows well. There are great twists and surprising moments. I just struggled to care about most of it.
Worker vs non-workers debate
This is the most interesting part of the RED GLOVE plot. What I appreciate about it is that it is so close to debates that have occured through history and even now in our present (with the hunt for equal rights for different ethnicities/ genders/ sexualities, etc). Some people in this world want to have workers restricted, locked up, controlled, and others think they deserve freedom. There are protests, conflict, hidden political agendas. It’s fascinating seeing it all unfold.
The third book will be interesting
If I remember correctly (I’m really late writing this review), the ending of RED GLOVE was the part I enjoyed the most and the part that has me excited for BLACK HEART. Being a series conclusion, I’m hoping it returns to the high stakes cons and dark moments of WHITE CAT combined with the worker’s rights debate.
I was a bit disappointed by RED GLOVE. It didn’t grab me like WHITE CAT did, whether it was because of second book syndrome or a reading slump I am unsure. Regardless I’m looking forward to the third book and hope it will be as addictive as WHITE CAT was for me.