Monthly Archives: March 2011

Exclusive Sneak Peek at Black Heart by Holly Black


We’re nearing the end of our two-week feature on Holly Black’s Curse Workers Series, and we’re that much closer to the April 5th release of book 2, Red Glove. But there’s still another year until the third book, Black Heart hits store shelves. And, well, we just can’t wait that long.

So when we begged Holly for any nuggets or tid-bits about book 3, she must have sensed our desperation — because she obliged, with this EXCLUSIVE sneak peek!

“I will give you a paragraph from the first page of BLACK HEART that I haven’t posted anywhere else,” Holly said. And then she shared this:

Girls like her, Grandad warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives.  They are always restless.  They are always hungry.  They are bad news.  They will drink you down like a shot of whisky.  Falling in love with them is like falling down a flight of stairs.

Doesn’t it make you want to go read Black Heart right this second?!?! Oh, the agony of waiting … but alas, you can satisfy yourself with the new paperback edition of White Cat (available now!) and the newly released Red Glove, in stores April 5th!

Also … THANK YOU, Holly for sharing this exclusive sneak peek with us!

The Best of Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting


It’s always a little bitter sweet when we bid adieu to each of our books of the month, and this time is no exception. We have LOVED hosting Kimberly Derting and her books, The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead. We adore working with Kim even more than we like her books (and that’s saying something). We’ve had a blast this past month … here’s a look back at the highlights:

What’s your echo? Writing Contest

There’s still time! This contest ends at midnight (PT) tonight!! So hurry up and enter … three winners will get these AWESOME prize packs from Kim, which include a signed copy of Desires of the Dead along with an assortment of swag, much of it also signed:


A brand-new Q&A with Kim Derting

We interviewed Kim last year when her first book, The Body Finder, came out … but we were delighted when Kim dished on even more stuff this go around with our second Q&A. Be sure to check out both part 1 and part 2, then check out this hilarious video outtake of Kim attempting to shoot a 10-second video for her UK publisher.

Kim dishes on the future of The Body Finder series

When we were pestering Kim with our new Q&A session, we had lots to ask about TBF3 and the future of her series. Kim was only too kind to oblige, so be sure to check out this exclusive bonus Q&A session for more about future books in her series.

Desktop Wallpapers & a Book Trailer

We teamed up with the fabulous Vania of VLC Productions to create some fantabulous Desires of the Dead desktop wallpapers for you — each one using gorgeous still photos from Vania’s book trailer shoot. Then we got a one-on-one Q&A session with Vania to find out about what happened behind the scenes of the Desires of the Dead book trailer shoot!

Kim Guest Blogs … and guest blogs some more!

We initially only intended for Kim to write ONE guest blog for us this month. But then we asked her for a Desires of the Dead playlist, and she didn’t just send us a list … she sent us an entire post. And when we asked her for a list of her book recommendations, well … the same thing happened. And then we got Kim’s ACTUAL guest blog, in which she shared the challenges and changes of writing a sequel, versus writing her first book.

Beyond the Books

We even delved deeper into her love of The Body Finder books, with some ways to explore the subjects in these books further — both recreationally and in the classroom — plus threw in a few other goodies, too:

For the comments: What was YOUR favorite part of this last month?

What kind of Curse Worker are you? Take the quiz!


You know those personality quizzes you find in magazines like Seventeen and Cosmo? Well, imagine if one of those quizzes popped up in the curse worker world. Wouldn’t you like to know what kind of curse worker you are?

Inspired by The Curse Workers Series by Holly Black, we’ve created our own magazine-style personality quiz to determine what type of curse worker you’d be. So grab a piece of paper and jot down your answers to each question. Then click after the jump to compare your results to our answer key to figure out what kind of curse worker you are. Be sure to share your answers in the comments below!

What kind of Curse Worker are you?

1. I’m the type of person who …

(a) goes with the flow.
(b) likes to dream big.
(c) settles a fight with my fists.
(d) enjoys a good cry.
(e) isn’t allowed to have pets. It never ends well.
(f) relies heavily on friendly reminders.
(g) feels unstable.

2. When I’ve had a bad day, I usually blame …

(a) The universe. It’s out of my control.
(b) Myself. I had a bad omen about today, and should have known to just stay in bed!
(c) That ugly zit I woke up with on my chin!
(d) PMS. It’s probably that time of the month.
(e) All those happy-go-lucky, living, breathing people.
(f) What bad day? I’m just going to forget this day ever happened.
(g) The jerks around me! What? Did I transform into some hideous beast, begging to be annoyed all day?!?!

3. For fun, I like to …

(a) Hit up the casinos! I’ve got a good feeling about my next gamble …
(b) Take a nap and let my dreams entertain me.
(c) Hit the gym for an awesome workout.
(d) Watch “The Notebook” … I love a good tear-jerker.
(e) Crash funerals, just like that kid in “Harold & Maude.” They look like fun.
(f) Play the classic board game “Guess Who?”
(g) Try on costumes. There’s nothing quite like pretending you’re someone else.

4. My favorite song is …

(a) “Luck Be a Lady Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
(b) “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by The Eurythmics
(c) “Let’s Get Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
(d) “I Second That Emotion” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
(e) “Death & All His Friends” by Coldplay
(f) “Memory” from the musical Cats
(g) “Transformer Man” by Neil Young

5. My ideal date would …

(a) let me place all the bets.
(b) ask about my fantasies, and then make them come true.
(c) be up for arm-wresteling.
(d) share what they’re feeling with me.
(e) fear nothing.
(f) never forget my birthday.
(g) be whoever I needed them to be.

6. My favorite place in the world is …

(a) Monte Carlo, Las Vegas and Atlantic City!
(b) My own bed.
(c) The beach. Any beach. Preferably a nude beach.
(d) Someplace romantic – like Paris or Venice.
(e) Arlington National Cemetery
(f) Any Disney theme park. I love their ad campaign about “making magical memories.”
(g) New York City – you can be anybody you want there.

7. Which of these would be your worst-case scenario?

(a) Nothing ever goes my way.
(b) Insomnia due to recurring nightmares.
(c) I’m always getting hurt (cuts, bruises, scrapes) and I’m not sure how.
(d) I fall in love way too easily, and end up getting hurt.
(e) Everyone I care about dies.
(f) Suffering from amnesia.
(g) People in my life keep randomly disappearing, but then I get weird crap in the mail (like an umbrella or a tuba).

Keep going after the jump to view the answer key …

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The Liar Society: Lisa & Laura Roecker Guest Blog


Today, we’re taking part in the official blog tour for The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker — a cool, Nancy Drew-esque mystery that is a very fun read (though it does have some creep-out potential, so take heed fellow late-night readers!) You can see our review of The Liar Society here, but today we’ve got this great guest blog from sisters Lisa & Laura! Thanks for stopping by, ladies …

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BEST/WORST PARTS OF BEING A WRITER
Quick, best and worst parts of being a writer…

Lisa: Best = People

Laura: Worst = Late nights

Lisa: Best = Blog

Laura: Worst = Rejection

Lisa: Best = Fans…er our fan

Laura: Wait a second, why do I always have to list the worst. I’m switching teams. Best = Reading friends’ books

Lisa: You tricky bitch.

Laura: LISA, language!

Lisa: Oops, sorry. Moving on. Worst = Husbands who complain we’re always on our computers

Laura: Best = Flexibility, ie I can work from home on account of Nick Jr. Preschool On Demand

Lisa: Worst = Slow publishing pace

Laura: Best = A full hope tank

Lisa: Worst = An empty hope tank

Laura: Best = Falling in love with a new book.

Lisa: Worst = Realizing that someone else wrote it and you kinda suck in comparison.

Laura: Best = Being famous.

Lisa: You’re kidding right?

Laura: No! This guy totally stopped me at the coffee shop and asked if I was a writer.

Lisa: Were you on your laptop at the time?

Laura: Well, yeah….

Lisa: Did he call you by name?

Laura: No….I don’t think so….

Lisa: You jackass he was trying to pick you up. He didn’t recognize you.

Laura: Oh….

Lisa: Worst = Delusions of Grandeur. As if anyone would recognize us! You are such a dork.

Laura: Best = Maintaining a high self esteem. I mean, it’s not completely out of the ream of possibility.

Lisa: Yeah, you just keep telling yourself that.

Psst…we have a secret. Click here, hit the Pemberly Brown Plaque. The password is PEARLSFTW.

And if you want to enter The Liar Society Blog Tour of Awesome contest, and really, who wouldn’t want to enter!?! There’s a $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs! Just click here and enter the super secret password, PEARLSFTW, for an entry. Remember you can enter one time for each stop on our blog tour, so be sure to click here and see where else we’re visiting this month to maximize your chances of winning.
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The Rest of Harper Teen’s “Dark Days” Books: Part 2

Our March book of the month, Kimberly Derting’s Desires of the Dead, was part of HarperTeen’s Dark Days of Supernatural promotion for winter. Yesterday, we shared with you some of the other Dark Days winter titles. Today, we’ve got their summer titles! Because let’s face it … after you finish reading Desires of the Dead, you’ll need some other great reads!

Here are the Dark Days of Summer Books:

Divergent by Veronica Roth:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Die For Me by Amy Plum:

DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. It introduces a new version of the undead with revenants, beings who are fated to sacrifice themselves over and over again to save others’ lives. Kate finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.

DIE FOR ME presents a new supernatural mythology presented in a city where dreams are sometimes the same as reality.

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike:

Laurel hasn’t seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

Hereafter by Tara Hudson:

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini:

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Vampire Kisses #8: Cryptic Cravings by Ellen Schreiber:

The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville’s old mill. Raven discovers Jagger’s plan to open a new club, The Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true, or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville’s teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike?

And as Sebastian and Luna’s relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want?

With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire Kisses series is a romantic and mysterious thrill ride.

Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon


It doesn’t matter how old I get … I will ALWAYS be a sucker for a good fairy tale, a fancy princess dress and a happily ever after. Which is exactly what you’ll find in Entwined by Heather Dixon, a new twist on the classic fairy tale of “The 12 Dancing Princesses.”

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.

The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

Entwined combines all the magic of a Disney movie (complete with enchanted objects) with the intrigue and romance you’ve come to expect from today’s best Young Adult literature. And though the tale boasts all the girly trappings of the best fairy tales (pretty dresses, charming lads, secret romance), Dixon spices up the text with action, mystery and a true gift for onomatopoeia.

Azalea is a strong character, taking charge of her eleven younger sisters in the face of her family’s darkest hour. But she’s not static. Throughout the events of Entwined, she learns, grows and matures — ultimately becoming her own hero. And though I felt as if the book could have used a bit more female butt-kicking, Azalea also doesn’t sit idly by and just let the gentlemen come to her rescue. She fights back, too — an empowering message that clearly differentiates Entwined from the fairy tales of “olde.”

And like any good fairy tale, Entwined boasts a creepy villain — one with charm, swagger and magical prowess, all combining to make him even more frightening than your garden variety antagonist.

But what’s most refreshing about Entwined is that, despite some delightful blossoming romances for Azalea and her eldest sisters, it’s not just about living happily ever after with Prince Charming. In fact, it’s about living happily ever after as a family.

If all that isn’t enough to convince you to read Entwined, just look at that cover! A gorgeous dress, a girl running away and the hint of a castle in the distance. I could just stare at it all day … if it weren’t for the fact that the pages inside are even more rewarding.

Entwined is in stores today!

Desktop Wallpapers for Holly Black’s Curse Worker Series


It’s no secret that we LOVE Holly Black’s Curse Workers Series — so today, we’ve got a batch of desktop wallpapers for White Cat and Red Glove which we created just for you! Many thanks to Vania for chipping in most of the photos used in these wallpapers!

Just click to view full-size, then right-click to save:








(And while we love sharing these with you — please do not post all of them on another site. We’d much prefer you show one or two, then link back here. Thanks!!)

YALITCHAT’s 2011 Made From Awesome Event

If you’ve never heard of YALITCHAT and you’re a fan of Young Adult literature, you’re missing out big time. Earlier this year, we featured a post on YALITCHAT. We are excited to announce that Novel Novice is co-sponsoring YALITCHAT’s 2011 Made from Awesome Event. This is an amazing two night event where readers of YA lit can chat it up with a slew of today’s most popular Young Adult authors. During this super cool opportunity to ask your favorite authors some of your burning questions, you also have the chance to win some pretty awesome prizes.

But that’s not all!! During the week of April 10-16th, Novel Novice, Mundie Moms, and Bookalicious will be posting features on all of the fantastic authors participating in this event. Novel Novice has the extreme pleasure of sponsoring the following authors:

Jason Henderson

Mitali Perkins

Karen Healey

Cyn Balog

Helene Boudreau

Andrea Cremer

Below you can get a sneak peak at the schedule for the two night event.

Night I April 13 @ 8:30-9PM EDT: Pre-Show squee-chat!

9-11PM EDT: Nancy Holder, Jason Henderson, Co Booth, Malinda Lo, Mitali Perkins, Melissa de la Cruz, Karen Healey, Jaclyn Dolamore, Kierstin White

Giveaways: signed copy of The Guardian of the Dead from Karen Healey, goodie bags and copies of Bloody Valentine from Melissa da la Cruz, signed copy of Bamboo People from Mitali Perkins, signed hardcover of Huntres from Malina Lo, ARC of Huntress from Malinda Lo, signed copy of CRUSADE from Nancy Holder, signed copy of Alex VanHelsing from Jason Henderson.

11PM-12AM EDT: Afterparty on Mundie Moms! Post-chat mayhem, fun and giveaways. Join us with special guest authors and more fun at a literary virtual afterparty than you can imagine.

Night II April 14 @ 9-11PM EDT: Julia DeVillers, Beth Revis, Claudia Gabel, Helene Boudreau, Cyn Balog, Brenna Yavonoff, Sarwat Chadda, Andrea Cremer

Giveaways: signed copies of books from Julia DeVillers, signed copies of Romeo and Juliet and Vampires from Claudia Gabel, signed copy of Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings from Helene Boudreau, signed copy of Fairytale or Sleepless from Cyn Balog, copy of The Replacement from Brenna Yavonoff, signed copy of Dark Goddess from Sarwat Chadda, goodie bag from Melissa de la Cruz.

11PM-12AM EDT: Afterparty on Mundie Moms! Post-chat mayhem, fun and giveaways. Join us with special guest authors and more fun at a literary virtual afterparty than you can imagine (quoted from YALitChat‘s site)

Over the next few weeks we will be posting more on this very exciting event. So, mark your calenders now! It’s sure to be a ton of fun.

The Rest of Harper Teen’s “Dark Days” Books: Part 1


For the first half of 2011, HarperTeen put together a really cool promotional campaign for several of their supernatural/paranormal romance titles, called The Dark Days of Supernatural. Our March book of the month, Kimberly Derting’s Desires of the Dead, was one of the winter titles for the Dark Days tour. (Yes, these awesome authors have been touring the country!) So today and tomorrow, we’d like to feature these other books that HarperTeen is promoting alongside Desires of the Dead. Because let’s face it … after you finish reading Desires of the Dead, you’ll need some other great reads!

Here are the Dark Days of Winter Books:

Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber

Beware of a kiss under the full moon. It will change your life forever.

Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. She’s used to everything in the small town until Brandon Maddox moves to Legend’s Run and Celeste finds herself immediately drawn to the handsome new student. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight.

Her best friends may never forgive her if she gives up her perfect boyfriend, Nash, for Brandon, who’s from the wrong side of town. But she can’t deny her attraction or the strong pull he has on her. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.

Psychic predictions, generations-old secrets, a town divided, and the possibility of falling in love with a hot and heroic werewolf are the perfect formula for what happens . . . once in a full moon.

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a ghostly wraith, but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help… Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They’ve overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

First there are nightmares.

Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.

When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt.

Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Afterlife by Claudia Gray

Bianca and Lucas have always believed they could endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a ghostly wraith, but also turns Lucas into a vampire—the very creature he spent his life hunting—they are left reeling.

Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can turn to only one place for help… Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight waging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her transformation has given her.

A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They’ve overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?

And here is the Dark Days of Winter trailer:

Book Review: Red Glove by Holly Black


There are not enough words to fully describe how much I love Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. The whole “Mobsters & Magic, Curses & Cons” concept is so original and works so well the way Black has written it. I fell in love with this world in the first book, White Cat. And everything I loved about that first book is back and then some in book 2, Red Glove.

As Red Glove opens, we find Cassel Sharpe dealing with the aftermath of events in White Glove. He’s struggling with a lot of issues, not the least of which is his cursed love with Lila and his brothers’ betrayal. But in the midst of his own personal turmoil, Cassel’s oldest brother is murdered. Suddenly, Cassel finds himself pitted between the FBI, who wants his help solving the crime, and the mob, who wants Cassel, too. He’s also nearing the end of his high school career, and the future is looming large: what will he do with his life? What choices will he make? Cassel finds it harder and harder to make the right choices, especially when he’s not sure who to trust — least of all, himself.

Red Glove is a success on every level. The characters are great. The plot is great. The twists and surprises are genuinely twisty and surprising. And unlike so many series, as book two in a planned trilogy, Red Glove does NOT suffer from “middle book” syndrome. There’s no struggle to keep things interesting and engaging. It’s just as fabulous as the first book and will make you want to keep reading.

One of the qualities that makes Cassel such a fantastic character is the genuine fine line he walks between good and bad. He’s not just “play-acting” at being bad, but he’s also not completely evil. His struggle to choose between these two sides is authentic and real; not contrived or forced. It’s evident in both his actions, thoughts and dialogue — and in the interactions he shares with other characters: Lila, his friends, his family, the FBI, the mob.

Much like White Cat, Red Glove is chock full of themes revolving around family and friends, loyalty, and the consequences of the choices we make. Part of what enhances these themes and helps enrich the world this story takes place in is the backdrop its set against: political turmoil. Social unrest. The world of the Curse Workers series isn’t our own, yet it’s so familiar that it’s easy to relate to.

In Red Glove, it’s evident that a lot of things are changing: Cassel’s life (the transition from teenagedom to adulthood), Cassel’s relationships (with Lila, with his friends, and with his family), and the world around Cassel. It’s a journey that, on some level, everyone is familiar with. We’ve all been through changes like this. But Cassel’s story is all the more intriguing for the added drama he’s facing: the mob world, curse working, etc.

Red Glove is a book that both terrifies and intrigues. It’s a frightening allure, but one I simply can’t resist. I just want to spend more time with Cassel and his fellow cast of characters, and the magical mobster world they inhabit.

Red Glove is in stores on April 5th. We’re featuring the series March 21st to April 1st, so keep tuning in for cool goodies, exclusives & lots more!