Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Series: Curse Workers, Book 2
Also in this series: White Cat, Black Heart
Published by Listening Library on 12 April 2011
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 7 hours 5 minutes
Also by this author: White Cat, Black Heart
Place(s) Traveled To: Atlantic City, New Jersey // Princeton, New Jersey // New York, New York // Newark, New Jersey
First Line(s): I don’t know whether it’s day or night when the girl gets up to leave.
Cassel Sharpe isn’t the most likable of characters, he cheats, he lies, he’ll say and do whatever it takes in order to get what he needs. And yet there is something charming and charismatic about him that makes you want to believe even though Cassel Sharpe is the definition of the unreliable narrator. He can’t help it, he was raised by a family of con artists and to lie was to survive. Red Glove by Holly Black is the second book of her Curse Workers series and so this story only builds upon all the things that we learning in White Cat. The stakes are higher and the cons more daring and Cassel is more on the fence than ever on deciding which side to play for.
In Red Glove, Cassel has to deal with the FBI as well as Zaracharov both who know his power and both who think that he knows something about who killed his brother Phillip. For me, Red Glove was bigger and more engrossing than White Cat was. And the best thing is that you already know these characters so there isn’t much background that needs to be given and they can just continue to grow and solidify with each turn of the page. I loved this book more than the first and it made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion when in the car.
Jesse Eisenberg is THE perfect voice for this story and he just nails all the characters with just the right tone. Eisenberg is Cassel Sharpe and I can’t imagine anyone else voicing this story. He is just so perfect for these books that I don’t know if I can listen to him narrate other stories. If nothing else, I’ll need to put some distance between the next Jesse Eisenberg narration and this series.
If you like a good crime drama, things with spies and intrigue, humor and mystery, and even a little bit of romance then you will want to try out Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. These books have a little of everything for everyone and as with White Cat I do wish that I’d given them a try earlier. The only good thing about waiting is that all three books in the series were out by the time I started and so there was no waiting to learn what happens next. So if you haven’t looked into this series yet then you are really missing out. Black is a master at her craft and I think everyone should read this series.