Review: Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

March 27, 2010 Uncategorized 10

Book Description

Right now, I’m a redhead. I’ve been blonde and brunette as the situation requires, though an unscheduled color change usually means relocating in the middle of the night. So far, I’m doing well here. Nobody knows what I’m running from. And I’d like to keep it that way…

Eighteen months ago, Corine Solomon crossed the border to Mexico City, fleeing her past, her lover, and her “gift”. Corine, a handler, can touch something and know its history—and sometimes, its future. Using her ability, she can find the missing—and that’s why people never stop trying to find her. People like her ex, Chance…Chance, whose uncanny luck has led him to her doorstep, needs her help. Someone dear to them both has gone missing in Laredo, Texas, and the only hope of finding her is through Corine’s gift. But their search may prove dangerous as the trail leads them into a strange dark world of demons and sorcerers, ghosts and witchcraft, zombies—and black magic…

BLUE DIABLO is the first book in Ann Aguirre’s Corine Solomon series.  The first half of this book is absolutely amazing.  I loved Corine, with her vulnerable yet tough bravado.  I loved the history between Corine and her ex Chance, who was not at all your typical alpha hero (though still every inch an alpha).  But most of all I loved Ann Aguirre’s writing.  It was earthy and smart, full of texture.  Every one of my senses was engaged.   If you’ve ever been to Mexico, you’ll appreciate the authentic flavor that will absolutely convince you that you’ve spend the weekend south of the border.

The second half of the was not quite as amazing.  There were a few nearly pointless scenes (the séance) where a teeny tiny piece of evidence was gleaned that could have been obtained in other (much less complicated) ways.  Also a bit too much procrastination when it came to the final showdown. Corine and Chance kept visiting the same locations over and over again when one visit would have sufficed. 

Don’t get me wrong, BLUE DIABLO was still an excellent book and the start of what promises to be a topnotch urban fantasy series.  Chance has a line early on in the book where he says he doesn’t believe in love at first sight, but he does believe in that ‘Click. Recognition.’  That’s kind of how I feel about BLUE DIABLO.  There is something here that just clicked.  Maybe it wasn’t love at first site, but I think I waited all of 5 minutes before pre-ordering Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, book 2) which releases on April 6, 2010.

Sexual Content: References to sex, vague descriptions of sex, a non graphic rape scene (extremely brief), references to rape and sex trafficking. 

My Rating (out of 5):

Click HERE to read an excerpt of BLUE DIABLO

Product Details

  • image Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; 1 edition (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451462645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451462640

10 Responses to “Review: Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre”

  1. Bookie

    I agree with your review. The first half of the book worked better for than the second half. I really liked Corine's gift and that there was a price to pay when she used it. I'm interested to see what happens to Corine and Chance in the next book.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Tim Brannan

    I'll have to check this out.

    The first thing I noticed though was the cover art model looked the same as the one on Amber Benson's Death's Daughter series. I guess that is bound to happen time to time.

  3. Fiction Vixen

    I have this on my shelf, been really wanting to get to it. I loved Skin Game (Ava Gray), so I've been eager to try another one of Ann's books. Nice review.

  4. Vickie

    I felt the same way. I've been to Mexico several times and completely felt the same as I did back in the day while reading the first half of the book. It lost something indefinable (which I think you took care of here), but I still really enjoyed the ride and looking forward to the next one in the series.

  5. Danielle87

    I love Ann Aguirre – her 'Sirantha Jax' series is still my favorite, but I love 'Corina Solomon'. I look forward to 'Hell Fire'.

  6. Rebecca @ DSB

    Aw man, I was hoping for five bats Abigail! Still, if you've already ordered book two, that's a good sign. I need to try this one too.

  7. Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

    Bookie – It's a shame when books don't finish as strong as they start. I'm still looking forward to Hell Fire.

    Tim – Oh, hey yeah. I think she is the same. Good eye.

    Fiction Vixen-This definitely won't be my last Ann Aguirre book. She is good stuff.

    Vicki – I can't wait to 'visit' Georgia when I read Hell Fire 🙂

    Danielle87 -I'm looking forward to reading Grimspace. It'll be my first SciFi Romance.

    Rebecca – you and me both. I still recommend it.

  8. Yunaleska

    I haven't read any of her work before, but I'm definitely interested in her now. Even with the parts you weren't so keen on.