publication date: April 5 2011
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 gir...moreCurses 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 definitely liked Red Glove better than Curse Workers, although there was more mystery in the first one I felt like there was more to this one.
I actually felt bad for Cassel, not only did someone he trusted take away some of his memories, invading his personal space, but Lila, the girl he loves was cursed to love Cassel. He knew he couldn’t date her knowing that she only loves him because she was cursed to.
His family has been lying to him for years, his mom treats him like crap and his older brother just died. Now he has to figure out the mystery of who would want to kill him. The FBI has showed up at his school and they want his help. With the help of both his friends he tries to solve the murder mystery.
I thought Cassel’s friends were an important part in the story, I am happy that she incorporated the friends into the style like she did. They both played an important part helping solve the murder. Without the three of them working together it wouldn’t have came together like it did.
I loved the originality of the Curse Workers trilogy, and I will finish the trilogy but I feel something lacking in the books. I have to be honest here and say that there a few authors that I just can’t get into their writing style, and Holly black is one of those authors. I do wish I loved the books more, I’m not bashing her but I do feel something missing and the stories don’t capture my attention.
This book ends on a cliffhanger like any other trilogy does, so be sure to mark Black Heart, the last book in the trilogy on your to-read pile. comes out on April 5 2012