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Blue Diablo: A Corine Solomon Novel (edition 2009)

by Ann Aguirre (Author)

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Title:Blue Diablo: A Corine Solomon Novel
Authors:Ann Aguirre (Author)
Info:Ace (2009), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:2017, .Fiction, Urban Fantasy

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Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre

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È arrivata nelle nostre libreria una nuova serie urban fantasy/parnormal romance per adulti di origine messicana. Stiamo parlando di “Blue Diablo”, scritto da Ann Aguirre, primo romanzo della “Corinne Solomon Series”.

La protagonista è Corinne Salomon, fuggita da tutto e tutti, diciotto mesi prima, approdando a Città del Messico dove ha comprato un piccolo negozio di oggettistica e vive, tenendo un profilo ansiosamente basso, cercando sfuggire alle braccia del passato. Corinne è una handler, potere ereditato alla morte della madre, che attraverso il tocco di un oggetto può essere in grado di conoscerne passato, presente e futuro. Un’abilità piuttosto rara e che, in passato, le ha causato non pochi problemi.


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Un nuovo taglio di capelli (rossi come le fiamme che popolano le sue notti), una nuova vita e un nuovo ambiente. La speranza di essersi lasciata tutto alle spalle sembra aver attecchito in Corinne, almeno fino a quando si ritroverà a incontrare nuovamente gli occhi, stranamente umili, di Chance, suo ex amante, che aveva abbandonato nel sonno diciotto mesi prima.

Uno sguardo e Corinne si rende immediatamente conto che la sua pace è finita. Senza alcun dubbio Chance vuole qualcosa da lei e la ragazza è perfettamente consapevole che, per quanto vorrebbe cacciarlo fuori dal suo negozio a calci, farà quello che Chance le chiederà. Premonizione che si dimostrerà vera non appena lui tirerà fuori un piccolo oggetto, appartenuto alla madre dell'uomo che l’ha sempre amata e trattata come una figlia.

Inizierà così una corsa contro il tempo in cui i due dovranno dare fondo a tutte le loro capacità, nonché l’incredibile Fortuna di cui Chance sembra essere il padrone e possessore, per ritrovare in tempo Yi Min-chin, madre affettuosa ma dall’oscuro passato.

Si scontreranno contro ogni genere di creatura soprannaturale, dagli stregoni agli zombie, e la magia, buona o oscura che sia, indirizzerà ogni loro passo verso la risoluzione di un mistero che sembra avere radici molto, molto profonde.

Blue Diablo è un urban fantasy molto affascinante e dalle atmosfere torbide, popolato da creature come telepati, fantasmi, angeli, demoni, vodoo, cani “parlanti” e streghe. Le ambientazioni sono molto curate, i profili culturali latini americani sono tratteggiati con impegno e non sarà difficile trovare numerosi dialoghi in messicano. Fortunatamente l’autrice non si avvarrà della fastidiose appendici a piè pagina per le traduzioni, garantendo comunque al lettore la possibilità di comprendere facilmente grazie ai pensieri di Corinne che fanno da sottofondo chiarificatore.

Durante la lettura delle avventure di Corinne e Chance, avremo modo di approfondire molto la psicologia della protagonista principale, con tutte le sue assurde e spesso irritanti contraddizioni, dato che il romanzo è narrato in prima persona. Corinne, benché carismatica e ironica, continua a ripetere spesso durante la narrazione quali siano stati i problemi con la sua vecchia vita, con la morte di sua madre e che non vuole ricaderci, non vuole soffrire più… In poche parole finiamo per sentirci ripetere la stessa storia, salvo poi vederla saltare su, come colpita da un dardo infuocato, ogni volta che vede Chance perché è incredibilmente sexy.

Stranamente, per una volta, il personaggio maschile, Chance, benché tratteggiato inizialmente da Corinne come freddo e opportunista, non appena riesce a emergere individualmente, appare chiaro come la ragazza abbia sbagliato a valutarlo. È un personaggio arrogante, senza dubbio, ma anche riflessivo, protettivo, intelligente, dolce e perfettamente in grado di mettersi in gioco emotivamente, e di renderlo chiaro anche a Corinne. La sua gelosia, non appena vedremo entrare in scena un certo poliziotto, è veramente tenera e sexy, senza essere fastidiosa o morbosa.

In definitiva ci troviamo di fronte a un “primo romanzo” che, come sempre, presenta molti pregi ma anche altrettanti difetti (come ad esempio la caoticità di alcuni descrizioni o l’aver dato troppo per scontato la capacità deduttiva del lettore), è comunque un urban fantasy degno di essere letto, poiché ricco di personaggi interessanti, suspense e elementi investigativi che rendono la lettura dinamica, affascinante e adrenalinica. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Run of the mill urban fantasy. Lots of blood, gore and supernatural bad guys. This book did have an unlikely protagonist show up and that made it a bit more fun than it might have otherwise been. Definitely left open for more installments. I did enjoy it and might have to start looking for book 2 in the series. ( )
  enemyanniemae | Jun 2, 2017 |
Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
A Corine Solomon Novel

18 months ago Corine Solomon left her lover and crossed the border to Mexico. She was fleeing her past and her gift, as a "handler". Which means that when she touch something she can know its past, and sometimes its future. She used it to find missing people - and that is now why people want to find her.

That is how her ex, Chance shows up in her store. He has an ability that gives him luck. Someone they both care about has gone missing and he needs her to find that someone, not to mention that he needs her too. Their search leads them into a world of dark magic, demons, zombies, witches and people that show her that she is not as alone as she first thought

I really did enjoy this book, and I knew it from the start. It is that kind of book that makes you want to continue reading, you feel the urge to know what is going to happen. It's an easy book to read, and it was just what I needed. It sure lifted my spirits after reading some not so good books. i felt that good books are still being written and this is one of them.

First of all I liked Corine, she is colourful (and then I am not talking about her clothes). I didn't know what to think about Chance at first, just as she struggled with her own emotions for him. But then I did want to see them together. Though I do confess that sexy cop Jesse Saldana sure stirred the blood when he showed up. He was a lovely surprise in the book.

This book sure had a bit of everything thrown in and perhaps that is why I liked it. It did feel different, and a good book needs that to stand out. What is better than dark magic, and then zombies too. Yes even those fitted in.

I do like a book that makes me giggle, and smile. Oh it has some really good bits in it, one that involved a conversation about some cakes and ice-cream after dinner sure made me giggle while I read it

So if you are on a lookout for a book invloving paranormal, romance, danger, and some fun times then this is the book for you.

How I am supposed to say something bad now..... ok, the cover, when Corine was described in the book I sure thought about her a certain way and that cover doesn't seem like her. The jeans, yes, but not the blouse. Lol, yes this really seems to be the only negative thing I can think of.

I will give this book 4/5 because I enjoyed it a lot, and I would recommend it to others.

It also made me want to read more of Aguirre's books since I haven't read her sci-fi books yet.

Blue Diablo comes out on April 7th ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
I liked this book. It starts off a little dreary, and I was worried that we were going to be saddled with a whiny, woe-is-me protagonist at first. But she's actually pretty sassy, and I laughed out loud a few times at her turns of phrase. There is some sexual tension with an ex - another one of those things that I worried would get old - but the Corine gradually learns that her perspective of their former relationship is just one side of the story.

This is a little darker than some that I usually read; I worried it would be too much so (like the totally gloom-and-doom The Becoming series by Jeanne Stein), but her sense of humor keeps it a bit more upbeat. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Warning: this book will make you crave Mexican food!!! (or at least it did for me, but I'm pregnant.) :) ( )
  chessakat | Feb 5, 2016 |
RATING: 1.5 stars.

I don't know if it's the author's writing style (it must be, at least partially, as I had some trouble getting through Grimspace as well) but this one was hard to read through. The plot was very simple and straightforward, not that interesting; maybe not enough for a full novel, so the author fills pages and pages with Corine (the main - sort-of - character) contemplating her past relationship with Chance, her ex-boyfriend who appears on her doorstep at the beginning asking for her help to find his missing mother. Angsty thoughts and interactions between these two characters follow, sprinkled throughout the book, making it... well, boring.

The kidnapping is pushed to second plan, not given as much spotlight as the relationship talk. Ok, so it's normal to wonder what could have been but does Corine really need to do it every other chapter? Does she has to think about how she wants to jump Chance's bones and then angst because she can't that frequently? Do they have to have embarrassing and pointless conversations about how they misinterpreted each other in the past every other page? A little of all this might be called character development, but this much just reeks of filler.

Of course with this much focus of the status of the characters' relationship the plot wasn't properly explored and the resolution felt... flat. There was little foreshadowing (about who the evil warlock was, etc), the characters did little to no investigative work and most of the time they just stood around in a house.

World building was pretty bad as well. Okay, so there is a hidden world of practitioners but what exactly is a handler? How did Corine come by her gift (the explanation given is murky at best)? If Jesse is her mentor, why didn't he explain more about that world? The author would have gained more in setting the world in which the characters move than focusing on Corine and her ex (who does seem like he'll be present in the next book).

Honestly, I didn't like this one much. It was boring and underdeveloped in all the ways that mattered. I know Aguirre can do better, as I've read the first in her other series, "Grimspace" and enjoyed it a lot more. ( )
  slayra | Sep 21, 2013 |
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It's fast-paced and entertaining and undoubtedly the first in a series, so we can look forward to revisiting Corine and her friends in a few months time when the next book comes out.
 
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For Ivette, who is seven flavors of awesome cake...with sprinkles. I'm lucky to have a friend like you. (Andres said this dedication is totally cool with him.)
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Right now, I’m a redhead.

I’ve been blonde and brunette as the situation requires, though an unscheduled color change usually means I need to relocate in the middle of the night or face people burning crosses on my lawn. I’ve set a new record, going on eighteen months in the same city, no consequences, no demonstrations, and for the last year, I’ve been a respectable business owner to boot. Maybe I should knock wood
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Right now, I’m a redhead. I’ve been blonde and brunette as the situation requires, though an unscheduled color change usually means relocating in the middle of the night. So far, I’m doing well here. Nobody knows what I’m running from. And I’d like to keep it that way…

Eighteen months ago, Corine Solomon crossed the border to Mexico City, fleeing her past, her lover, and her “gift”. Corine, a handler, can touch something and know its history—and sometimes, its future. Using her ability, she can find the missing—and that’s why people never stop trying to find her. People like her ex, Chance…

Chance, whose uncanny luck has led him to her doorstep, needs her help. Someone dear to them both has gone missing in Laredo, Texas, and the only hope of finding her is through Corine’s gift. But their search may prove dangerous as the trail leads them into a strange dark world of demons and sorcerers, ghosts and witchcraft, zombies—and black magic…
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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.… (more)

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