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Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, Book 2)

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Ann Aguirre

Starred Review. This riveting sequel to 2009'sBlue Diabloblends conspiracy theories and magic. Corine Solomon may seem flighty, but nothing will dissuade her from solving the mystery of her mother's death. That means a trip back home to Kilmer, Ga., … see full wiki

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Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Roc
1 review about Hell Fire (Corine Solomon, Book 2)

If you enjoyed Blue Diablo, HELL FIRE is even better.

  • Apr 21, 2010
Rating:
+3
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HELL FIRE picks up just weeks after the events that occurred in Blue Diablo as Corrine and Chance are returning to her hometown of Kilmer, Georgia to get the truth about her mother's murder thirteen years earlier. With Chance's luck, Corrine is determined to finally be able to bring the killers to justice.

The paranormal world in this series is populated with ghosts, demons, witches, and 'The Gifted' (individuals with varying abilities; everything from psychics, empaths, and mediums). Most Gifted are born with their abilities, others like Corrine, acquire them through different means. And then there's Chance. He is something entirely other able to use 'luck' the way we might use a computer.

Ann Aguirre has an amazing ability to make the reader breath in the air of her location, in HELL FIRE, the little town of Kilmer, Georgia is every bit as much the main character as Corrine, maybe even more so. I felt like I was tasting Miz Ruth's dumplings, smelling the fetid air of the damp forest, enduring the searing pain of Corrine's Gift when she handled a charged object. Reading HELL FIRE is a completely sensory experience that wouldn't be half as immersive in the hands of a lesser writer.

The love triangle between Corrine, Jesse and Chance was not my favorite part of the book. I lost some respect for Corrine as she seemed to fall into whoever's arms were closest at the time without a thought for the other guy who, often as not, was in the other room. I don't understand why either of the guys put up with it. And I hated the choice Corrine ends up making.

The pacing problems I had with Blue Diablo did not plague HELL FIRE in the slightest. The story moved along swiftly with every scene contributing something significant either to the characters or plot. If you enjoyed Blue Diablo, HELL FIRE is even better. I can't even imagine what Ann has in store for us when Shady Lady (Corine Solomon, Book 3) comes out in April 2011.

Sexual Content: References to sex. A scene of mild sensuality.

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