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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Audiobook Review: Red Glove by Holly Black

Released: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Rated: YA
Series: Curse Workers, Book 2
Buy: Amazon
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.

What I thought

I don't think I can stress enough how much I love Jesse Eisenberg reading this series. The story is pretty awesome on its own, but Jesse really adds life to the story in a way that few would be able to do justice to.

I love the curse worker series. It's far different from any other paranormal young adult book out there. While I'm a bit sad it is only a trilogy, I am pretty excited to see how things end for Cassel. Things are not going so well for him.

The ending blew me away. I didn't see it coming at all. I had thought I had figured out the who-dun-it part a few times, but somehow I didn't make the connection. I'm also surprised with everything that relates to Lila. Poor Cassel, he can't seem to catch a break. It kills me that he loves her so much, but knows that things aren't right with how Lila feels about him. This is one of the biggest things I can't wait to see in the final book.

I really do recommend the audiobook for this one. I have very few that I would want to listen to over and over and this series will definitely be on that list. I'm not sure if Jesse will continue to lend his voice for audiobooks, but if he does, I'm there.

My Rating

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Sandy said...

Considering how much people love the audio book edition for this series I really need to give them a shot. I wish Black Heart wasn't the last book either because this series is quite fantastic.


So many books, so little time said...

I have never heard of this author before, sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review

Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

Lily Child said...

This is such a fantastic series! Great review! :)

Stacy at A Novel Source said...

OH I've been looking for something to read after the Beautiful Creatures series - that I flew through in 2 days! This sounds like the perfect series after the Creatures series! Thanks for the recommendation!

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