Time for another fabulous Thursday. Today is PARTICULARLY fabulous because my beautiful youngest daughter is promoting from Elementary School today. I will admit it’s a really bittersweet thing for me, as I know next means the RACE to college….when my youngest finishes Middle School, my oldest will be graduating HS, and so on and so on.

Where did the time go?

Anyways, back to Bookanista related things – I have to admit to being a tad envious of many of my Bookanista buds who have been enjoying BEA this week. One day I am determined to go to both BEA and ALA to meet all of these crazy Bookanistas IRL! 

That said, check out these fabulous titles being reviewed this week:

Now, on to my Bookanista Shout out for Holly Black’s RED GLOVE.

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Basic Blurb: (from Amazon)

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.

Why I liked it:  Holly Black is great building worlds, and this latest book is no exception. The world started in White Cat continues, as we get to know a few additional characters and in greater detail. What I really loved was how plausible the world she created was – truly masterful!

I also loved the story itself. There was something that felt new, original in her story. I’ve read so many YA books lately that I find “new” has gotten tough for me. This books changed that, as Ms. Black married two of my favorite things – magic and crime thrillers – together. She also did a great job with the character development.

So let’s recap –

  • World building = A
  • Story originality =A
  • Characters = A

Definitely a worthwhile read!!!

What books have you read recently with FABULOUS world building? Or books that are just plain fabulous?


6 thoughts on “Magic and The Mob – A Winning Combo in Holly Black’s Red Glove

  1. The book sounds excellent, Christine. Thanks for recommending it. I keep wanting to read Holly Black, but my TBR pile is still so huge.

    The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire has excellent world building. I love how she takes the world of the faye and blends it seemlessly with our world. Also, the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant (who is also Seanan McGuire – can you tell I have a writer crush on her?). I never thought I’d like zombie apocalypse books, but her first one ‘Feed’ was so thoughtfully played out I couldn’t help myself. I can’t wait for next week when Deadline hits the shelves. =o)

  2. White Cat is at the top of my TBR list right now. So after I finish the 2 books I’m currently reading, it’s next. I’ve been curious about this series forever since it sounds fantastic. Your review makes me want to read it more! Can’t wait until I get to Red Glove. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Oh coolness! This sounds so different! Thanks Christine!

    And your daughter is just beautiful. Congratulations to her! (and hugs to the mama)

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