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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 sorc ...more
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Published April 7th 2009 by Signet Book
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
After reading this for the second time, I had to resist the urge to write Ann Aguirre a lengthy fan letter with a bunch of exclamation points (view spoiler). I never get tired of her worlds or her characters, nor can I stop admiring the ease with which she pulls me into one of her stories.

Corine Solomon is a handler. She has the gift (or rather the curse) of psychometry: she can see things by touching a charged object. Unfortunately, no matter ho
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This was a very interesting and unique foray into the world of magic noir, or noir occult detective fantasy fiction. Corine Solomon is a fairly conflicted, and troubled character. Her mother was a practicing witch who was essentially burned to death by the suspicious and intolerant townspeople in Kilmer, Georgia. Before she died, her mom endowed her with her power, in the form of the ability to read objects. However, it comes at signficant cost to Corine. She bears the scars of the readings on h ...more
Alex

I would have enjoyed the plot and the supernatural world more if the heroine hadn't been so annoyingly indecisive. "I love Chance, I don't love Chance, but wait, I do love him ...uh lol nope, I don't!!"

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She was exhausting. And the way she was so self-centered, like every fucking guy had a thing for her!!!

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Nah. I won't be reading more of this series..

1.5 star
Nicole
Ok, this may be a hard review to read because I find it hard to put into words the things that didn't sit right with me and this book. First off, it's my favorite genre and it's a series, so I had high hopes. But then it quickly became one of those books that I had to force myself to finish and I really hate that, I mean, I started doing housework instead of reading and that's just wrong! This book had too much going on and nothing at the same time. (vague much Nicole?) The concept of Corine and ...more
Ithlilian
I've been looking forward to reading this for a long time. Disappointed does not even begin to describe how I feel. Usually, I can read any UF and enjoy it, but Blue Diablo was not enjoyable at all. I see that many do not agree, but I would like to present some of the reasons I did not enjoy this book so that prospective readers have both the positive and negative viewpoints. First, the novel is largely bickering between the main character and her ex. I understand that they are exploring why the ...more
Carolyn F.
Hmmm, I loved Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series so I came to this book thinking I'd love it too. My expectations were too high. The book is good but not as good. I'm planning on reading the rest of the series, but mostly because I want to see what happens between Corine and Chance.

Corine ran away from a relationship with Chance when it felt like he didn't care how much she was hurt in using her gift and never really opened up to her during their time together. In fact, when he finds her and she
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LMM
When this book started off, I thought I was going to end up liking it much more than I did. It had a more adult, Urban Fantasy tone reminiscent of Sign of the Zodiac series for me. It was a little noir-ish & the dialog was a bit hard boiled but not OTT. I really thought I was going to appreciate the main character Corine, as a smart yet, conflicted for good reasons heroine. She initially seemed to know her mind well enough & could handle herself.

The premise also seemed interesting &
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Cathy
Really a 3.5. Solid urban fantasy. No vampires or werewolves, just lots of scary and sometimes beneficial magic. Oh, and a few zombies. 2 hot guys, one imperfect gal in over her head but doing her best, and some (too convenient but fun) friends help save the day. And a little Chihauhau named Butch who, as much as I love dogs, was just too lazy a writer's tool with his helpful abilities.

I liked that Corine is far from perfect. Like how she says or does little things as digs against her ex, or thi
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LiteraryLover
I want to write a better review of this book as I really liked it, but with school starting back up tomorrow I'm swamped. The basics is it's about a woman named Corine who has psychometry, the ability to touch an object and sense it's past and in Corine's case, sometimes it's future as well. She's been running around most of her life, but most recently she's been running away from her ex-boyfriend Chance. Chance is a mysterious man who somehow has incredible luck. They used to work together as a ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)

"Christ. What do you want from me?"

"Only what I always wanted. Everything."


Unresolved love triangle! How could I not read the next story? Especially when Chance and Saldana both are in the next book =)

This was a great start to the series. Not perfect, but it was a quick, fun read that I would recommend to anyone who loves urban fantasy.

I really enjoyed the unique world of magic that Aguirre has created and the lively characters that reside there - witches, wizards, warlocks, demons, zombies and
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Regina
2.75 stars. This is hard for me to review. I like the world aguirre created. The characters were interesting. Her writing about living in Mexico and then living on the border was realistic. I enjoyed the mixture in of Mexican culture. But I wasn't engaged in the story and I was bored during the last quarter of the book. I ultimately skimmed the last 40 pages. The dynamic between Corine and Chance was intriguing at first but Corine was so darned immature about relationships and I thought she was ...more
Azar
Okay, I have to admit: I picked this book up for one reason and one reason only. The protagonist's ex was a man named Chance with strange luck. (This will only make sense to any fans of the mid-90s TV series Strange Luck. *g*)

That said, I really enjoyed it. Corine is an engaging heroine (much frumpier than the girl on the cover, which amused me) with believable fears and issues (considering the world she lives in). I liked that her gift didn't come without a price, and found the reason for that
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All Things Urban Fantasy
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BLUE DIABLO is the first book in Ann Aguirre’s Corine Solomon series. The first half of this book is absolutely amazing. I loved Corine, with her vulnerable yet tough bravado. I loved the history between Corine and her ex Chance, who was not at all your typical alpha hero (though still every inch an alpha). But most of all I loved Ann Aguirre’s writing. It was earthy and smart, full of texture. Every one of my senses was engaged. If you’ve eve
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Katie(babs)
Blue Diablo is the first book in this new series about Corine Solomon who has the gift as a handler, where she touches something someone owns and will have visions about that person. Corine is an everyday average person, just like you and me. She is trying to stay under the radar because her ability is both a blessing and a curse.

Ann has this wonderful talent at writing characters you can sympathize with. Corine is one of them as a woman who is on the run from her past. She wishes to build a lif
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Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
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Gemma
This was a really strange book for me. I had bought it on the premise that the author Patricia Briggs had recommended the author and in ways I see similarities between Corine and Mercy from Briggs books.

The premise for this book is that Corine is asked by her ex-lover and manager to help find his mother who is missing. She agrees out of love for his mother, Min, as she lost her mother in a fire when she was 12 years old. Corine has been hiding out in Mexico for the last few years, since the last
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Jess
Alright... I don't know what to say about this book, and I don't know really how to rate it. I enjoyed parts of it, and others were just grating on my nerves.

I thought that Corrine was an interesting character, with a very cool ability. It was something that isn't portrayed much in other books, and Chance's character also was really unique. I was excited to read this one because it's different from the vamp, were etc.. that currently dominate the pnr/uf market. I liked the relationship between C
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Janice (Janicu)
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Blue Diablo is the first book in a new urban fantasy series by Ann Aguirre, who also writes the lovely science fiction romance series starring Sirantha Jax.

The Premise: This series centers around Corine Solomon, who is a Handler - someone who can touch an object and recall its past. This means she's really sought after for her skills, but they have a high price for Corine, physically and in other ways. At the start of Blue Diablo Corine is in Mexico, livin
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Kim
Please note: this review is based on an ARC I received; the book itself is due out April 7.
If you haven't read anything by Ann Aguirre yet, what are you waiting for? Blue Diablo is a refreshingly new entry in the urban fantasy genre, featuring a sassy protagonist who is haunted by her past. Corine Solomon is a handler, who can read the history of an object by touch alone. Her ability was given to her by her mother as she died in a fire; consequently, every time Corine uses the ability she experi
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Daffodil
I've enjoyed Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series and her Ava Grey Skin series for differring reasons. So I went into this wanting to love Blue Diablo, but it's not quite there for me. I didn't really feel the attraction between the main characters. It's all on paper, but not making the connection for me. I did like the concept. Corine's powers and how she received them are interesting as well as other's paranormal abilities mentioned. The first 2/3 just felt slow. The introduction of a character i ...more
Kelly
If you're looking for an urban fantasy with a sympathetic heroine, a hot hero, cool abilities, some magic, and a demon or two, then this is the book for you. Not a vampire or werewolf in sight.

Great premise, great writing. Damn, the sequel can't get here fast enough.
Maria Schneider
I'd give it 2.5. It's a decent enough read, but the angst between the two main characters is petty and somewhat contrived in places. Overall it's a decent enough read to give the series a try if you like Urban Fantasy.
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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
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Samina ~ Escapism~
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars.

All that Corine Soloman has ever wanted was to lead a normal life. Working retail, sell antiques, and just be as normal as possible. But she is anything but normal. She is a handler. A rarity among the Gifted, she can see the final moment of any object that she holds in her hands. After running from one corner of the country to another , changing her appearances every time she is now fed up. This time she wants to settle down and not think about running away. But tha
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Dawn
Throughout the entire book, Corine rants and whines and rages about her ex, Chance. It felt like she was purposely misinterpreting what he said or did, and I didn't believe she was really that stupid. She came across as petty, immature and a hypocrite, since her own behavior was often lacking good manners. I found this tiresome, distracting, and there were several times I wanted to throw the book against the wall, then pick it up and put it in the trash. But I did not. While I didn't much like C ...more
Anita
This contemporary urban fantasy definately grew on me. Corine Solomon, the heroine, can read the history of objects she touches, though it causes her a great deal of pain. She used to use that talent on missing persons cases with her lover and partner, Chance (luck is his talent), but then one of their cases took a very bad turn and he nearly got her killed, so she snuck away to Mexico, leaving him behind. One day a year and a half later, he shows up on her door step begging her to help him find ...more
Hali Sowle
I've really liked Ann Aguirre's Grimspace books and while waiting for the next Sirantha Jax box I downloaded Blue Diablo. Blue Diablo's Corine Solomon is not so different than Grimspace's Sirantha Jax, both are strong but vulnerable woman who have hidden depths, and both have had a hard past. Unlike Sirantha who first meets then falls in love with March who saves her from her fate in the first book, Corine had run away from her past and her lover to escape her past.

Corine has a talent - she can
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Nicky
I must say, I didn't expect to like this book this much.

I am a huge fan of Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series and Razorland series, which are sorta' science fiction/fantasy and dystopia respectively... nothing like what the cover of Blue Diablo markets the book as:
Read me because I'm yet another sexy shallow fantasy romance for lonely housewives!
(No offense to housewives--I think they are fantastic. My contempt is reserved for the genre only.)

NOT what this is. It's full of magic, sexual tension (v
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~Leslie~
I am intrigued by this book and where it is going but it just didn't quite get there. I liked it but there were some problems with it. Corinne Solomon is a handler and she is hiding out in Mexico City when her ex-boyfriend Chance, comes to ask her to help him find his missing mother. The book starts off slow, picks up the pace and then slows down again, picks up the pace and slows down again, until a rather non-climactic finish. The world building is interesting but very confusing. Her character ...more
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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds ...more
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