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The Cheap Reader

The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

Red Glove (Curse Workers)

Red Glove - Holly Black 3.5/5I enjoyed White Cat pretty well. It was interesting jumping from the curse worker world to the mobster side of that world. It was interesting but it was hard to get fully into it because Cassel wasn’t a worker (though we find out differently towards the end). We were outsiders just like Cassel was. Red Glove is more interesting because Cassel is much more involved in the world and people are starting to treat him like an adult.I never thought I was a fan of mobster and cop story lines. Turns out I was wrong. I really enjoyed seeing some of the inner workings of the curse worker’s mafia. Throw in the fact that we have some federal agents who aren’t totally upfront about what they are? Loved it! In addition, the storyline had a good amount of mystery. I wasn’t able to predict what has going to happen which is always nice.I connected pretty well with Cassel in the first book but I didn’t “get” him as much in this book. I do appreciate that fact that we can see that he has matured. I also liked that he thought for himself. He didn’t do (too many) things just because his mom or brother wanted him to. He really started to try to figure out what he wants out of life. Lila was featured quite a bit more in this book. It was hard to get a full read on her since she really wasn’t herself for a good portion of the book. When the real her starts to shine through, she was feisty and strong.The bottom line? Interesting middle book.