Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Review: Red Glove

TITLE: Red Glove
Book 2 in the Curse Workers series
AUTHOR: Holly Black
CATEGORY: Young adult
GENRE: Urban fantasy, drama, mystery
SHORT PREMISE: Cassel investigates his brother's death
MY REVIEW: In the sequel to White Cat, Cassel and co. are back. He finds out his brother was murdered, is dealing Lila and the curse his mother put on her, and is slowly starting to get involved despite how much he doesn't want too.
I fell hard for White Cat last year. It was one of the best books of 2010 as far as I'm concerned so I was eagerly anticipating Red Glove. I'm happy to say Black does not disappoint. This is just as interesting as White Cat, if not more so. Like White Cat there were twists and turns, Cassel gets pushed outside his comfort zone, the worker rights movement has started to really take a stride, there is a surprise or two about characters you thought you knew (mainly Daneca) and it's just as good if not better then White Cat.
This has become one of the best YA urban fantasy series in my opinion. One or two things didn't work so it's not perfect and if you like your characters with strong moral fiber, then you probably won't care for this series. But I find it fascinating in terms of family/friendship dynamics, political climate arguements, and to top it off, the writing is fantastic. Normally I despise present tense writing but Black is one of the few writers who write it WELL so I don't mind it here so much. Highly recomend this series to anyone and cannot wait till the next book and whatever else Black has in store for us.
WHO SHOULD READ: those that read White Cat, Tithe fans, urban fantasy fans
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five curse charms

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