Review No.117 – Blue Diablo

Blue Diablo (Corine Solomon No.1) – Ann Aguirre

Gollancz, 2010

When people come looking for Corine Solomon, it’s never good news. Eighteen months ago, she and her then lover Chance were combining their strange gifts to find anything from a lie to a lost child, but when that life came crashing down Corine ran and never looked back. Now she owns a pawn shop in Mexico City, keeping her secrets close – but not close enough. One day Chance shows up on her doorstep in desperate need of her gift, and disaster follows close behind.

Where urban fantasy is concerned, never trust a book by its cover. Corine is an interesting mixture of loving and vicious with a defiantly hippie sense of style, and bears pretty much zero resemblance to the sexed up version on the front of the book. The pacing of Blue Diablo is odd  and I have a few problems with the application of magic in this world, but Corine and Chance’s gifts are cleverly explored. It’s also nice to read a book in which relationship problems are defined more by conflicting personalities than supernatural interference. The series continues with Hell Fire.

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