Hell Fire by Ann Aguirre

Book: Hell Fire

Author: Ann Aguirre

Published: March 2010

I really enjoyed Ann Aguirre’s first Corine Solomon novel, Blue Diablo: A Corine Solomon Novel. The characters in that book were well-defined and their experiences were so absorbing that I read the book in one sitting. I was hooked on the series, and only hoped that the next book would build on the strong foundation laid by Aguirre. I am pleased to say that Hell Fire more than lived up to my expectations!

Corine is still the same strong, tough character that she was in Blue Diablo, but we also get to see her grow in terms of her interpersonal relationships and her talent. Corine’s journey back to Kilmer to find out who killed her mother is the most difficult thing she’s ever done, and I appreciated how momentous of an experience it ends up being for her. Also, Chance is about the hottest guy in all of UF-dom (picturing Chance in action in nearly any scene really enhanced the experience of reading this book for me)!
I like that Corine has gone from being alone in the world to having this makeshift family (not that she calls them that, but that’s who they are to her); I like even better that this sudden major change in her life isn’t always a comfortable fit for her. Like real life, there are no happily-ever-afters here, and I love it.

I suck at not giving spoilers, so I’ll say no more, but if you read and enjoyed Blue Diablo, I think you’ll love Hell Fire. And if you haven’t read Blue Diablo, what are you waiting for? If you’re a fan of interesting urban fantasy and strong, consistent characterization, you’re going to love this series!

Rating: 4 Stars

I really enjoyed Ann Aguirre’s first Corine Solomon novel, Blue Diablo: A Corine Solomon Novel. The characters in that book were well-defined and their experiences were so absorbing that I read the book in one sitting. I was hooked on the series, and only hoped that the next book would build on the strong foundation laid by Aguirre. I am pleased to say that Hell Fire more than lived up to my expectations! Corine is still the same strong, tough character that she was in Blue Diablo, but we also get to see her grow in terms of her interpersonal relationships and her talent. Corine’s journey back to Kilmer to find out who killed her mother is the most difficult thing she’s ever done, and I appreciated how momentous of an experience it ends up being for her. Also, Chance is about the hottest guy in all of UF-dom (picturing Chance in action in nearly any scene really enhanced the experience of reading this book for me)!
I like that Corine has gone from being alone in the world to having this makeshift family (not that she calls them that, but that’s who they are to her); I like even better that this sudden major change in her life isn’t always a comfortable fit for her. Like real life, there are no happily-ever-afters here, and I love it. 

I suck at not giving spoilers, so I’ll say no more, but if you read and enjoyed Blue Diablo, I think you’ll love Hell Fire. And if you haven’t read Blue Diablo, what are you waiting for? If you’re a fan of interesting urban fantasy and strong, consistent characterization, you’re going to love this series!

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