Paperback: 336 pages
Released: April 5, 2011
Author's Website: Ann Aguirre
Buy it: Amazon
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Corine Solomon
1. Blue Diablo (book review)
2. Hell Fire (book review)
3. Shady Lady
Whenever Corine Solomon touches an object, she immediately knows its history. But the future concerns her more when former ally Kel Ferguson wlaks through her door with a warning for her: the Montoya cartel is coming for her-but they don't just pack guns. They use warlocks, shamans and voodoo priests. And Corine has become enemy number one...
Ann Aguirre has done it again!
I had a few issues with Corine in the first two books of the series--primarily that she was difficult to like due to her doom-and-gloom attitude. When a heroine is so negative, I cannot help but wonder why I am reading about her in the first place. BUT, because I read ENCLAVE before beginning the Corine Solomon series, I knew how awesome Ann's books could be.
I can say with confidence, even though it pains me to say so, that had I not read ENCLAVE, I would have written this series off as a DNF early on. Thankfully I didn't, and because I stuck with it, I was easily repaid tenfold for dedicating the time to learn about the characters and universe in this series. This is one situation where I am glad I ordered the prior books from the library as opposed to starting out of order.
So what happens in this book? Kel happens. Kel, that freaky Hand of God that I hated earlier in the series totally undergoes a complete transformation before Corine's eyes. Gone is the brooding warrior, who is now replaced by... well, you'll just have to read and find out, won't you?
At first, I couldn't help but roll my eyes at the interactions between the two. It seemed like every man Corine met wanted to sleep with her in this series. Jesse and Chance play minimal roles this time around, and for that reason--the lack of a love triangle--I think I appreciated the story line more. Corine appeared more real than she ever has. She laughed at some points, and more importantly: she did not behave like some "agitated" individual fending off the affections of men she felt ambivalent about.
One particular scene can be a major tearjerker for some; I tried hard to resist the waterworks pooling in my eyes. Even now, a few months after reading the book, I am still unsure of my feelings about the outcome of this separation. Likewise, while the ending of SHADY LADY satisfied me at the time, I am now wondering who I truly wanted Corine to end up with in the end. I think Ann did her job exceptionally well.
SHADY LADY redeemed Corine in my eyes, and transformed her from a whiny brat who was difficult to relate with into a heroine I wanted to cheer on--and one who I almost cried for. If that's not reason enough to either start this series, or give it another chance, then I must wash my hands of you, you heartless beast. Give the series a shot, whether you're new to it, or if you've given up on it because of Corine. I guarantee that SHADY LADY will make you view all of the characters in a new, generally favorable light.