Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon #1) by Ann Aguirre
Synopsis (Goodreads):
Corine Solomon is a handler. When she touches an object she instantly knows its history and its future. Using her ability, she can find the missing, which is why people never stop trying to find her. Like her ex-boyfriend Chance, who needs Corine's gift to find someone dear to them both. But the search proves dangerous as it leads them into a strange world of demons and sorcerers, ghosts and witchcraft, zombies, and black magic...
My Thoughts: It took me a while to get into this book (through no fault of its own, sadly). I think I put it down around page 40 and let it sit for a week before putting my foot down and telling myself that I either needed to read it or put it back on the shelf. Well, I ended up going with the reading option and, holy wow, am I glad I did. Corine's world is complex and Corine is complex and her feelings about Chance are complex. And it works.

The world, guys. The world is dark and broody and there's danger every time that Corine and Chance turn around. Corine's gift is... well, I don't know that I'd rightly call it a gift at this point. Yes, her ability allows her to give closure to family members on occasion but it comes at such a price. She's burnt out and on the run from what it cost her. She's also on the run from her feelings for Chance. Ooh, boy. Do they have some tangled things going on between the two of them. Guilt, heartache, pain, a serious lack of communication. I can understand why Corine is confused about how she feels. I really can.

There's a whole lot of nasty going on in this book. A whole lot. Dark magic, the raising of dead things, more dark magic, and one holy warrior who borders on creepy in a big way. I'm really not sure what to think about him.

Like I said, it took me a while to get into this book but when I hit the end, I wanted more. Corine and Chance's maybe-relationship is killing me. Booke has some things going on that I want to uncover. Chuch and Eva make an outstanding team. There's just all this STUFF that I want to delve a little bit deeper into. Not the least of which are the secrets from Corine's past.

I like my books a wee bit on the dark side and this one hit the spot.

The Corine Solomon series
1. Blue Diablo - Paperback | Kindle
2. Hell Fire
3. Shady Lady
3.5. Forbidden Fruit
4. Devil's Punch
5. Agave Kiss

Ann Aguirre
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  1. Was there a cliffie? She is one of those authors that I almost have to wait till the whole series is out before I read her. :) I love her writing but she LOVES to yank the rug out with the last 2 pages.

    1. In a shocking turn of events, no cliffie this time. But I TOTALLY know what you mean. I've had the 2nd book in her Razorland (a series I ADORE!) sitting here since it came out last year and I'm afraid to read it because she's going to rip my heart out with the ending. I CAN TELL.

  2. I started reading this in one of my reading funks and never finished it. But I've been eyeing it lately. I SHOULD READ IT. I liked what I read of it.

    1. You should read it. YOU SHOULD. I have book... 4 in this series also. It's signed. I picked it up when I went to that big signing in LA last year. Now I just need all the books in between. Lol!