Friday, May 6, 2011
One Paragraph Review of Red Glove
For anyone who follows me on Twitter, you know that I loved this book. So if you're looking for an unbiased, non-gushy review, just a warning that you won't get that here! My apologies.
If you don't already know, Red Glove is the sequel to Holly Black's White Cat, the first book of the Curse Workers series. We continue to follow the main character, Cassel Sharpe as he tries to figure out where he fits between his mob family, best friend/crush (who, incidentally, is the daughter of the mob boss), and prep school. I'll be honest. I almost didn't read this book. I read White Cat on the recommendation of a friend, and it was good, but not jump up and down good. So I wasn't sure about the sequel. Let's just say I am glad I picked it up! Holly manages to weave together so many intricate plot threads to create such a layered and surprising climax that it's impossible to put the book down until you Know What Happens. And, thought the plot is AMAZING, it's not just that that keeps you reading. I think the strongest piece of this book was the character development. While I found the characters slow to reveal themselves in the first book, this book was full of rich, colourful characters that it was so easy to love, hate, worry about, and not want to leave. I found Holly's depiction of Cassel's mother and her relationship with him phenomenal. As I mentioned in my previous review, so many books leave the characters and their relationships one-sided, but here we can see Cassel's love for his mother while we also see his embarrassment and mistrust. He doesn't just hate her or love her, he *feels* for her, authentically. In short, Red Glove was strong on plot, character development, suspense, and even romance. Also, I learned a lot about how to con my friends. :) Definitely worth a read!
Front to back time: Two days
Favourite character: Cassel's mum, with his friend Sam as a close runner up. Sam really came through in this novel, and Cassel's mum, as I said above, is just incredibly realistic.
Musical Accompaniment: My headphones broke! :( so the only thing I read this to was coffee-shop background noise. :) But if I had to choose, something with a brass section would go great.
Overall Rating: 9/10 I know, I know. Even better than Ship Breaker. Yes. We're just going to have to accept that I have a 3 pt rating system, since it's all either 8, 9, or 10 out of 10. :) Adjust accordingly!
Now, have you guys read this? Let me know what you think about this one OR White Cat! Time to go twiddle my fingers for a year and pull out my hair until the third book is released!