Book Review: Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

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...”

Paperback: 336 Pages

Series: Corine Solomon #1

Publisher: Roc

Corine is living her life, trying to stay away from trouble, when her ex boyfriend Chance comes back into her life with a request: to help him find his missing mother.  She can’t say no because she knows and loves his mother like her own, but with accepting his plea old problems come back.  Her insecurities about Chance’s feelings for her, her heartbreak and old enemies who want nothing more than to kill her.

After I finished Enclave by Aguirre I started reading her SF series, Sirantha Jax. Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of SF so maybe that’s why I didn’t like the book as much as I liked Razorland#1, but I’m so glad I didn’t give up on her and picked up Blue Diablo.

I think her writing is absolutely phenomenal.  She’s got an uncanny ability when it comes to descriptive writing and the world building is great as she brings to life a beautiful, colorful world in Blue Diablo. You can’t help but imagine Corine’s life in Mexico, her shop etc.  She’s also a pro at inserting paranormal /supernatural details into her story and she does it very smoothly.

Her other strong point are her characters.  I couldn’t help but love Corine even though she does make bad choice and God knows she’s flawed, which only made me like her more.  It’s something I noticed in her other series too, Aguirre doesn’t write her characters to be stereotypes or clichés,  she makes them real.  As such, Corine may be our heroine but she’s not a complete badass, she screws up a couple of times and she’s kind of awkward when it comes to relationships.  On the other hand, she’s incredibly loyal, smart and definitely a character.

I’m not sure what to say about Chance, whether I believe he’s a good guy just yet.  Plus I’m more than interested in hearing about his particular gift, his luck, because we don’t get much on that subject in this first book.

I actually would be ok with a love triangle as long as it doesn’t take away from the mystery of the next installment, because both Chance and Jesse are interesting characters and neither of them is perfect and/or a run-of-the-mill romantic interest.

Speaking of interesting, the most intriguing character was Ferguson, the maybe crazy, maybe not serial killer – maybe.

Don’t let the short description fool you and whatever expectations you might have, forget about them. This book will take you completely by surprise.  Corine’s psychometry isn’t even used that much, it’s more of a starting point for a mystery, paranormal and at times detective story. I really liked the supernatural parts of Blue Diablo because they’re somewhat of a novelty in the matter in which they’re treated.

Oh, also, this novel has more action than a Die Hard movie. Seriously. Like..hand grenades and Ak47’s action. Yep.



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