Red Glove by Holly Black - The cons get twistier and the stakes get higher in this second book of The Curse Workers trilogy: “a sleek and stylish blend of urban. Red Glove part 1 of 1. Holly Black. Black Heart part 1 of 1. White Cat by Holly ronaldweinland.info MB. Red Glove - Holly Black. Curses and Cons. Magic and the Mob. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers.
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The meandering got frustrating from time to time, making the middle feel a little muddled, and my mind started wandering as well, which may be in part why it took me a while to finish it. Still, it was much better than it was in White Cat, and honestly it didn't bother me too much, so I couldn't shave off more than a half a star for that. Honestly, part of the reason why it didn't bother me is just that Cassel is such an amazing MC.
I mean, compare him with, say, Sam from Shiver or Guy Who's Name I Can't Remember from Beautiful Darkness, both just two guys in a long list of YA guys who sound like how their year old female authors probably wish 17 year old boys had sounded like back when they were teens. Cassel sounds like a guy.
I believe him as a guy. And the best part is: like Jace from the Mortal Instruments, he's got a sharp wit and a lot of stuff to be tortured about, but Holly Black handles this a lot better than Cassandra Clare ever did and probably ever could. Cassel's wit, for the most part, feels organic to his character and voice, and not something stolen from Joss Whedon thrown in so the author can prove her wittiness to her fans.
On top of that he had good reason to angst, but his self-loathing felt earned and natural - and he never delved too deeply into it and for too long. The balance here was refreshing as I've seen too many male characters just bask in their own angst as if they want a fucking medal. Of course, there were a few witty lines that felt out of place, not just coming from Cassel's mouth, but his friends especially Lila for some reason.
But they were few and far between. But I will say now, before I forget, that I do wish, very very much, that Holly Black hadn't stopped her narrative every so often to wave at her friends. Throwing in names of your family and friends and making such references is natural for a writer, but when your friendships are pretty high profile they can be jarring.
The Brennans? The Goldblatts? And oh hey, there's Jace!
Heya Jace, how's it going? Still macking on that sister of yours!
It didn't happen often, but it shouldn't have happened at all. Or else, she should have just gotten that one Jace reference out of her system in the first page or so and just get on with it.
Instead, I'm treated to a line where Cassel basically says that he "feels like a clockwork automaton whose gears just locked up" or something completely bizarre and obvious like that. Yes we get it, you like your writing besties.
But please just save it for the fucking acknowledgments, please and thank you. I do want to mention something that majorly bothered me: namely Lila. She is a bad ass character and potentially really interesting to delve into, but Black wastes her here, basically putting her into the role of "that thing which Cassel wants, but can't have, but could have, but if he had he'd be a total monster, or would he? Rarely do we see Lila do anything of note except be unattainable to Cassel, which is unfortunate because she had real potential to move the plot in her own way.
I was hoping Black was simply setting up that he 'thinks' she's this great love of his life but really he's just got this obsession, or it's just that she represents something to him like Audrey represented the possibility of a normal life , or something- some kind of subversion. But I just didn't download it. I agree with Audrey: Cassel doesn't know how to love. How can he? I'd love for Black to explore that a bit more as true loves are so infinitely boring and far beneath a story like this.
The set up for book 3 seems to be going in that way. Despite that, Black's characters are all fully realized and fun to read. They practically leap off the page, each with their own distinctive voices and behavioral traits.
Cassel's mom is the requisite HBIC of the book, and the ending really has you worried about her impending fate. But aside from that, though there were some cool and some expected twists, the book kind of ended on a weird blah note.
Like Black didn't really know how to end it, so she did. The set up for book 3 seems like it could be compelling, but I suppose because of the way it was executed and built up I just didn't feel any of that. I'll still be running out to download Book 3, though. Honestly, I enjoyed this book even more than I did Jackie Kessler's Rage, simply because I find Cassel's world so compelling, so interesting, so fucked up and so much fun.
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