Title: Red Glove
Author: Holly Black
Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Curse Workers (#2)
Other Titles in the Series: White Cat (#1), Black Heart (#3 is out April 2012)
Summary (goodreads.com): 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.
I fell into Cassel’s world of cons and curses much faster in Red Glove than I did in White Cat. Red Glove jumps right in and the action starts early and never stops. After the events in White Cat I was sure things couldn’t get any worse for Cassel. I’ve since learned to never think that. Red Glove is much more exciting than White Cat. I learned more about the characters and I loved that there was more of a mystery in this book than there was in the first one. Between Cassel’s relationship with Lila and the murder of a family member it kept me on the edge of my seat! If you liked White Cat you’ll love its sequel.