Synopses & Reviews
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 truthand#8212;heand#8217;s the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anythingand#8212;or anyoneand#8212;into something else.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help make sense of the only clueand#8212;crime-scene images of a woman in red gloves. But the mob is after Cassel tooand#8212;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 anyoneand#8212;least of all, himself?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.
"In this smart and well-executed sequel to White Cat, 17-year-old Cassel Sharpe is still getting used to the idea that he's a transformation worker, the rarest and most powerful type of curse worker, able to transmute people and objects into whatever he wishes. Growing up in a crime family, he's always been on the wrong side of the law, but now everyone wants a piece of Cassel, including a mob boss, who sees him as an untraceable hit man, and U.S. agents, who want him to replace his recently murdered brother as an informant. Also, Cassel's mother has put a love curse on Lila, the mob boss's daughter, and Cassel's plan to avoid her until it wears off ('Lila's desire for me is a perversion of love. A mockery') dissolves when Lila enrolls at his prep school. As Cassel's grandfather warns him, 'Magic gives you a lot of choices.... Most of them are bad.' Black again delivers complex characters and a nicely developed alternate universe where magic workers are social pariahs. This powerful, edgy dark fantasy won't disappoint Black's fans. Ages 14 up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
* "Black again delivers complex characters and a nicely developed alternate universe where magic workers are social pariahs. This powerful, edgy dark fantasy won't disappoint Black's fans."--andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt;, starred review
"Dark, disturbing fare, crafted by a master; readers of the trilogy's first will be supremely satisfied."--andlt;Iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/Iandgt;
"Readers will be happy to slip back into Blackand#8217;s elaborate, fascinating world of workers, curses, and the seeming ease with which everyone has learned to live in a world where no one, not even family, can be truly trusted, and this sequel offers satisfying additional glimpses into this nearly familiar but ultimately shockingly different world."--andlt;iandgt;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Booksandlt;/iandgt;
"The Curse Workers series continues to offer a sleek and stylish blend of urban fantasy and crime noir."--andlt;iandgt;Booklistandlt;/iandgt;
The cons get twistier and the stakes get higher in Red Glove, the sequel to White Cat.
About the Author
Holly Black is the bestselling author of the Spiderwick series. Her Modern Faerie Tales series is comprised of Tithe, which was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews; Valiant, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Locus Magazine Recommended Read, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, was a New York Times bestseller. White Cat, the first book in the Curse Workers trilogy, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and BCCB. Red Glove, the second book in the Curse Workers trilogy, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The final book in the trilogy, Black Heart, will be available in spring 2012. Holly has also written a collection of short stories, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit Holly at blackholly.com.