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Hell Fire (Corine Solomon Series #2)

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    Ann Aguirre has been on my auto-buy list ever since her first Sirantha Jax novel came out (Grimspace). Hell Fire is a sequel to Blue Diablo, a very well written fantasy featuring Corinne Solomon. Corinne is a woman who doesn't control magic, yet she can read the history or recent history of an item like a button or piece of jewelry. These items usually give her a vision of a scene of the owner's life or event. Usually this causes her burns on the palms of her hands, leaving her scarred. She has a history with a man named Chance, who has extraordinary good luck, so extraordinary that bad things happen to someone close to him (to balance things out), this person used to be Corinne until she wised up and broke things off with him.

    Hell Fire is the story of Chance keeping a promise to Corinne - that promise was to use his extraordinary good luck to find the killers of her mother, and bring some sort of justice to them. This was part of a deal where Corinne promised to use her gift to help find Chance's mother (Blue Diablo's story). In the previous book, things were left up in the air about whether these two might continue their rather angsty relationship or part ways. Compounding the issue is a man named Jesse, Corinne's new mentor in all things gifted, who is in love with Corinne; Corinne might be in love with him too, there's definitely some feelings there that she has to sort out.

    It isn't necessary to read Blue Diablo to be able to enjoy Hell Fire, but it will definitely add to the whole reading experience. There are cameos by characters met in Blue Diablo. In case you have read Blue Diablo and are hoping to see more of ALL the characters here are the returning characters:

    Hell Fire's plot, storyline, sub-plots and narration were all engaging and pulled me along for a ride of a story. Ann Aguirre does a great job with dialogue of characters. Each of the book's characters seem to have a unique voice. Shannon is very believable as a teenager, the sheriff sounded just like you would imagine a smalltime, suspicious sheriff to sound, and Sandra the owner of the bread 'n' breakfast sounded properly and mildly snotty. Ruth's mannerisms and dialogue was fun, reminding me of some of the energetic elderly ladies that I've always been in awe of (for their energy). Corinne's narrative was peppered throughout with zingers about other characters.

    HOWEVER! Once in a while, Corinne would come up with a word in her narrative that yanked me out of the story - like cynosure. I had to look this word up. Now, I don't consider my self to be a super-brain, yet I'm not illiterate either. I've done a lot of crossword puzzles, and crossword puzzles almost have a dialect of their own (aka "crosswordese" = e're, o'er, din, elan, era, tern, etc) so I do know a lot of words that are a part of the English language, and yet are not used on a daily basis in everyday conversations....like "cynosure", abstraction, etc. Not a big deal, but enough for it to be at the back of my mind (thinking, who talks like this? professors). Anyway - small potatos compared to the rest of the book which was pretty kick-ass.

    Kilmer is a creepy little town, with little progress - no internet, no fast-food chains, no growth.... The townspeople that Corinne comes across in the first half of the book are seriously creepy - in a small town-no-one's-stirring-after dark way. Chills and Goosebumps! Then there's the forest - with a heavy atmosphere of it's own.

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    Posted January 4, 2014

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    She looked at the glowing orb of flames hovering in her hand.

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    Posted January 3, 2014

    Flechette

    Time to go out with a bang. *he drops a C4-fertilizer bomb combo on the ground and sprints out as they detonate.*

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    Posted January 3, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    There are only three books out in this series but number 4 is due out in early April. I have given this series as a recommendation to all my friends and so far everyone has loved them. The charaters are great and the mysteries are good. There are no vampires or werevwolves but lots of magic and mayhem. Don't miss this series.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    Better than the last

    The beginning of this book started off much like the previous book, slow when it shouldn't be. About halfway through the book, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story line was moving along nicely. As anticipated, the second book in the series was better than the first. Although I've never been a fan of love triangles, someone's heart always gets broken in the end. The end of this book of course is no different, I was so sad for Chance. I really loved his character, even with all of the mystery and feel like it is a shame that we never learned his secrets. As it would be truly difficult to bring him back, I can only assume that the story continues in Mexico with Jesse involved in some way.

    Overall, I was pleased with the book, although it was darker than the previous book. It also moved along much more smoothly. Props to Aguirre for progressing the plot more evenly this go around.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

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    Wonderful fast-paced urban fantasy mystery w/ghosts.

    Where are we with Corine, Chance, and Jesse?

    We pick up where we left off from Blue Diablo. As promised Chance is heading with Corine to her home town to look into her mothers death. Kilmer. The town of Kilmer has a spooky Gothic feel to it, and there are many magic symbols through out the town, even on trees. Kilmer has many dark hidden secrets of its own along with the towns people who live here. Corine and Chance work hard to find out what happened to Corine's mother and get tied up in the towns dark secrets, with lots of dead ends.

    I enjoyed this book as Kilmer had many scary secrets all of its own. I wanted to know more about this town, which seems to be stuck in the past, as the story went on. With this town and the dead ends that Corine and Chance come to kept me wanting more and wondering what was going on. Ann Aguirre has a great way of writing an action-packed urban fantasy mystery book, and I love it. The suspense of ghosts and/or magic just kept me coming back for more. Every time I though we would get an answer we would get a touch but there would be another question to follow. Ann kept me guessing until the very end.

    I really enjoyed the characters in this book as well. Both the men are back in full form, and fighting over Corine. I love these men as they both a great possibility to be Corine's significant other. You are just going to have to read the book to see if Corine picks one. Corine grows in some ways in this book. Her powers come to a new level and she pushes herself to use them. It was interesting to see the develop. However, Corine gave me pause at times with her reactions to each man when she is alone with them. But, I quickly moved on from that as I do enjoy both these men. And there's a great new character we meet here, Shannon. I am hoping we get to see more of Shannon in future books and hope she helps Corine mature in her relationship and setting roots ways.

    The ghost part of the book was always neat for me. It's not a spooky way, but a different touch, and I enjoyed it. Once again Ann has written another book I could so easily see made into a wonderful action-packed fast-paced urban fantasy mystery movie.

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