Red Glove By Holly Black (Curse Workers #2)
Release Date: April 5, 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 325
Genre: Young Adult
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov’s retribution, Cassel is trying to reestablish some kind of normalcy in his life.

That was never going to be easy for someone from a worker family that’s tied to one of the big crime families—and whose mother’s cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is coming to terms with what it means to be a worker, and he’s figuring out how to have friends.

Except normal doesn’t last very long. Soon Cassel is being courted by both sides of the law and is forced to confront his past—a past he remembers only in scattered fragments, and one that could destroy his family and his future. Cassel will have to decide whose side he wants to be on, because neutrality is not an option. And then he will have to pull off his biggest con ever to survive….

I am a big fan of Holly Black and her Faerie series but unfortunately this series was off the mark for me. It wasn't the writing, because we all know Holly can write, it was the premise I found less than titillating or engaging. 

The plot set up of forbidden love set behind the backdrop of a world where con-artistry magic and the mafia mix should work but ultimately doesn't. i didn't feel the characters were real enough or that I cared too much about them. 

Overall I would say that the strength of the writing saves the story but it was the story itself that I found to be flat.

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