I’m still a redhead. Before we left Texas, I touched up the roots, and then I had some tawny apricot highlights put in. I guessed that meant I intended to keep this color for a while. Symbolic—I’d made a commitment, at least to my hair.
As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and know its history. It’s too bad she can’t seem to forget her own. With her ex-boyfriend Chance in tow—lending his particularly supernatural brand of luck—Corine journeys back home to Kilmer, Georgia, in order to discover the truth behind her mother’s death and the origins of her “gift.”
But while trying to uncover the secrets in her past, Corine and Chance find that something is rotten in the state of Georgia. Just a few miles away, no one seems to know Kilmer exists. And inside the town borders there are signs of a dark curse affecting the town and all its residents—and it can only be satisfied with death…
“This riveting sequel to 2009’s Blue Diablo blends conspiracy theories and magic. Corine Solomon may seem flighty, but nothing will dissuade her from solving the mystery of her mother’s death. That means a trip back home to Kilmer, Ga., with her old flame, Chance, who hopes to rekindle their former relationship. It’s clear from the start that something is rotten in the town of Kilmer, which is shadowed by a dark spot on the astral plane. Chance’s supernatural luck is on the blink, while Corine’s psychic powers are growing uncontrollably. Luckily, Corine’s mentor and sometime love interest, Jesse Saldana, and teen necromancer Shannon are more than willing to help uncover the town’s secrets. Full of well-drawn characters, a nearly tangible setting, and the threat of death around every corner, this spine-chilling paranormal mystery is sure to keep readers turning pages—and glancing over their shoulders.” -–Publishers Weekly (starred review) “4 stars! The second book in the Corine Solomon series is an entertaining follow-up to Blue Diablo. Told in Corine’s first-person narration, it gives readers a chance to get to know this strong heroine haunted by her past and troubled by a bittersweet relationship with her ex. There’s also a well-paced plot with a satisfying amount of suspense. Aguirre mixes the supernatural with real-life details and makes this well-crafted story feel authentic.” –Romantic Times “Ann Aguirre has an amazing ability to make the reader breath in the air of her location, in HELL FIRE, the little town of Kilmer, Georgia is every bit as much the main character as Corrine, maybe even more so. I felt like I was tasting Miz Ruth’s dumplings, smelling the fetid air of the damp forest, enduring the searing pain of Corrine’s Gift when she handled a charged object. Reading HELL FIRE is a completely sensory experience that wouldn’t be half as immersive in the hands of a lesser writer.” Abigail @ All Things Urban Fantasy
April 6, 2010