In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to ...more
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Sapphire Flames is the fourth novel in Ilona Andrews‘ HIDDEN LEGACY urban fantasy/romance series, in which powerful magical families control most of society. (Note: You really do have to start at the beginning of this series, with Burn for Me; each book builds on what came before.) Having wrapped up the romance of Nevada Baylor and Connor Rogan in the first three books in this series, Sapphire Flames and the interim novella that precedes it, Diamond Fir ...more
Clear your calendars for release day, folks, because Ilona Andrews nails another book in the Hidden Legacy series, and it is just as addictive as the rest!
I'm a superfan of Ilona Andrews, and I've loved each and every book in this series. I was beside myself when I found out that I got an ARC of Sapphire Flames, especially since I was in love with Diamond Fire. Just totally gagged. I tried to wait until closer to release day to ...more
❤ ❤ ❤ I LOVED THIS!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Nevada and Rogan have their new beginning and this book is all Catalina.
I think you need to know that going in. Sure, you get cameo situations from the Dragon and his new wife but they are so far removed from the main focus of this book you shouldn’t read it for that or you will be disappointed.
What you do get:
• 21-year-old Catalina who has grown into her siren powers since we first met her....more
• The rest of the Baylor family in
As expected, the author wrote one fantastic first book about Catalina and Alessandro.
The feelings, the action, the humor - Sapphire Flames had it all.
And although Catalina's magic is more defense than offense, the action wasn't missing in the slightest. Catalina grew so much over the last three years, that's how much time went by since Nevada's wedding, and wow there were some pretty interesting changes happening during those years. Catalina really impressed ...more
2. White Hot: ★★★★★
3. Wildfire: ★★★★★
3.5 Diamond Fire: ★★★★
The Hidden Legacy series begins a new trilogy with Catalina and Alessandro. A few years have passed. Nevada and Rogan are in Spain and NOT a part of this story. Head Baylor is at the end of its "safe" period, where other Houses aren't allowed to mess with them. Most houses don't make it past the first year. Catalina is a very young Head of house at twenty-one. She has a lot to learn, but she has great resources to he ...more
This was a delightful addition to the Baylor universe but it wasn't as perfect for me as the first three instalments.
I think the problem here is the transitioning from Nevada to Catalina. Nevada was badass and exceptionally strong in the first three books whereas Catalina avoided all confrontations because of her power. She is a definite badass in the making though. I just felt she was way too caught up on how Alessandro looked at certain points. Too many mentions of how handsome ...more
Sapphire Flames was the ULTIMATE READING EXPERIENCE for a book-lover like me.
I wanted to read it in one go, but kept on putting it aside, because I dreaded the moment it would all end.
Well, eventually it ended, but with WHAT A BANG! A MILLION EXPLODING PERFECT STARS!
I loved it from the first page to the last.
In my review of Book 3, Wildfire, I adopted the Baylors as my literary family and I also mention ...more
WHAT THE HELLLLLLLL!!!!!?????@$%&*€£
*flips the fuck out*
YAAASSSSSSSSYASSS GIVE THEM ALL THEIR OWN BOOKS OH PLEASEEE!!!
ILONA ANDREWS I WORSHIP THEEEE 💖💖 ...more
3rd read - August 2019
4th read - May 2020
If you go into this book looking for more Nevada and Rogan you're going to be disappointed because this is very much the start of Catalina's trilogy and the focus is on her and the rest of the Baylor family. And that's not me trying to be negative or put anyone off reading because I absolutely loved Sapphire Flames and think fans will too, I really love how much Catalina has changed and grown in the three years that have passed ...more
These guys don't write bad stuff. So. It's a good book.
I honestly don't know why I can't rave about this series like everyone else, but it is a really solid romantic urban fantasy.
AND I actually like Catalina more than her sister, Nevada. Which, might be weird because a few of my friends were saying she's not as badass as Nevada, but I didn't get that vibe at all. She's got a pretty cool power what with the making everyone love her (to death), and I like that she has to be careful of t ...more
It's almost heresy for me to rate an Ilona Andrews book less than 4 stars, but, well, I liked this but didn't love it. But I DID like it! With strong heroines like Nevada and Kate, Catalina is a tad forgettable. True story: I finished reading this two days ago and had to look up her name just now, so there you go. Anyways, I don't mind 'weaker' heroines but usually they are accompanied by stronger emotional backstories, which Catalina really doesn't have. Throw in some weirdness with ho ...more
YES, yes, it's everything I expected from the Andrews! Fast-paced, anxiety inducing action, fantastic dialogue, searing chemistry between the two leads, humor, and so much more!
Full review to come closer to the release date!
ARC provided by Avon books via Edelweiss
Edit after read:
Alright, I won't say I was completely disappointed. Considering I love everything Ilona, I inevitably enjoyed it.
However, I ...more
Full of action, battles, magic, secrets, murder, family, teenaged crushes and friendship!
I really enjoyed Catalina's first book in the trilogy, and she sure had big boots to fill after her sister Nevada's trilogy! It was thrilling and I read it very quickly!
The only thing that bothered me was the way the author's dealt with the hand over from Nevada to Catalina. It felt a bit like a character assassination, and it d ...more
There’s something so comforting about opening up a new Ilona Andrews novel. It’s like seeing an old friend and falling back into things as if no time has passed by. I will fully admit I was skeptical about Catalina’s book, especially when I didn’t love the prequel novella with her in it. But the Andrews’s duo totally pulled it off and now I am DYING for the next book. This book is everything we loved about all the previous books in the series. Fans will not be disappointed.
If you haven ...more
Like many others, the thought of switching perspectives from Nevada to Catalina held little appeal. It's never easy giving up characters you've been through hard times with, but they're off living the high life somewhere, being all lovely dovey, and we need more drama, battles, and sexual tension. So, enter Catalina Baylor. It's three years later and she's learned some stuff. This is not the girl we've seen before, not even the one in the novella. Here is someone fighting to protect ...more
There is something special about a new Ilona Andrews book. When I get one in my hands, I feel like a kid a Christmas. That kid has no idea what is under the tree but they know that it is going to be good. And it was good. So very good. This series is one that I treasure so my expectations were really high when I sat down to read this newest installment and every single one of those expectations were met. This story is a gift and I am ...more
And this brings me ...more
My favorite thing about it was the main character, Catalina. I really like her. Unlike most of Andrews’ leading ladies, Catalina isn’t inherently a kickass face-everything-head-on type of person. Stepping up to things takes a lot of courage, and watching her face down those fears and be a total badass anyway was inspiring. Not to mentio ...more
*gasp* *shock* *smoldering hate* :)
But it's true! Maybe I like (ahem) playboy (ahem) Alessandro better than Rogan and I enjoy the basic concept of Catalina, not to mention her self-discovery and growth as a character, MORE than Nevada. I just like having a theoretically more powerful Catalina offsetting the relationship. She's pretty bright. Care ...more
I love her so much that if she and Mr de Vries were in two different burning buildings, I would most probably set myself on fire just to avoid the dilemma who to save. She is my best friend. We formed a proper sisterhood and we are ever victorious against the world.
Having said this, we are also staggeringly different. Essentially, it is possible that we were born in two different universes.
You want a proof? We spent our last student summer travelling to Cyprus (m ...more
It's been a while but I do have great memories of the trilogy that kicked this series off. And yet for some reason this one just shines a little more brightly. And not only because it’s obviously fresh in my mind.
Other kids were encouraged to be cute, to perform for adults. If I smiled, the adults became mesmerized, and if I wan ...more
I live-tweeted a thread here: https://twitter.com/ardentlyaarya/sta...
May 18, 2019:
I hate myself for reading this so fast. The wait for the next book will be just as bad as post-Burn for Me. If you love HL, you’re going to love this. Review to come closer to release date.
I've discussed/written about Hidden Legacy twice:
1) I made a Buzzfeed quiz, "What Magic User Are You From Ilona Andrews’s Hidden Legacy Series?": http://www.ilona-andrews.com/hidden-l...
2) I wrote about Rogan and ...more
If his good looks isn't enough, how about his humble, Venetian Ca' Sagredo abode?
I know some readers thought Alessandro was too much of a Rogan 2.0.
I'm not going to deny that there were similari ...more
When we start, Sapphire Flames, 3 years have passed since the Baylor family came out as a house. Their safety buffer is coming to an end.
We meet up with Runa who we’ve seen briefly in a another novel. Her mother and sister are found dead and Runa has deiced to hire the Baylor family to find the killer. This case becomes much more complex then expected and Catalina h ...more
The Hidden Legacy series has now come to focus on Catalina Baylor, one of Nevada’s younger sisters who is now head of House Baylor. Catalina has taken over as lead investigator for their firm as well. Runa, a poisoner we met in Diamond Fire comes to Catalina after tragedy befalls her house. Taking on Runa’s case, Catalina runs up against a dangerous foe bringing not only her, but her whole family into danger. To complicate matters, after three years of no ...more
I can't make this book justice with my review!!!
I will just ramble randomly & think when can I reread this again!!
Ilona Andrews books are EVERYTHING!!!!
If by some chance you haven't read anything by this husband/wife duo... I suggest you start with
Magic Bites as Kate Daniels series is my favorite series overall and definitely in the paranormal genre. If you are not interested in reading that I suggest you at least read three books in Hidden Legacy series befo ...more
Don't hate me but I didn't love it as much as I expected. Why ? It was Catalina, and Alessandro the tension, the chemistry the tingling in my toes just didn't happen. I never got the connection, yes she has a schoolgirl crush but we didn't see enough of i ...more
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