Red Glove by Holly Black
First off Let me just warn you now as this is the 2nd book in the curse workers series, you are bound to read a little bit of spoilery from the first book if you continue reading from this point on...You Have Been Warned.
Read at your own risk.
Description from Goodreads.com
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
Interesting twist happens in the first couple chapters that I'm surprised the description does not mention, as love and Lila are mentioned a couple times. We see Cassel going back to school as the new year starts and guess who shows up? Yes Lila seems to be attending his school now, she just can't seem to stay away from him..wonder why? You of course know the answer...so she decides until the curse has worn off it's better that she be close to him or else she'll lose her mind (sounds like a crazy stalker right?) But of course the wonderful Cassel whom any girl would fall for (curse or not) is very understanding and somehow becomes a little more irresistible (to me!)
So lets move on from the romance and get to the real stuff, He finds himself in tough situation. The Feds want to recruit him and the mobs want to recruit him. All the while his mother is out of jail and he still has to deal with her crazy antics as well has his family. How much can one guy take?
My Favorite Things:
Characters Rock: by the end of the book I realized that I love his circle of friends: Sam, Daneca and Lila
Plot twists: Follow your families wishes or follow your heart
Romance: Cursed or not, love hurts, maybe love is a curse
My tag line: Con or be Conned
I have to admit, I really did not figure it out. And the chapters in which the secrets are revealed, I think I held my breath through most of it. -And that is amazing story telling
I am getting more addicted ...and find myself wanting to buy myself a nice set of red leather gloves.