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Product Details

  • Series: Corine Solomon Novel (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464491
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aguirre has a gift for creating strong characters who keep her readers coming back for more." --Publishers Weekly

"Outstanding and delicious. I can't wait to see what [Aguirre] comes up with next."
-NYT Bestselling author Patricia Briggs

"¡Muy caliente!"
--NYT Bestselling author Rachel Caine

“I can’t wait to see what [Ann Aguirre] comes up with next.”


“Urban Fantasy fans will want to get drunk on this series… [it] just keeps getting better.”


“Aguirre has a gift for creating strong characters who keep her readers coming back for more.”

About the Author

Ann Aguirre is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Mexico with her husband, children, two cats, and one very lazy dog. She writes SFF, romance, and YA. Visit her online at annaguirre.com.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in Mexico with her husband and children. She writes all manner of genre fiction for adults and teens.

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Aguirre builds some really nice tension, but then just lets it go.
Kathy Davie
I understand a little bit because of the overall situation but come on, he is in love with CORINE and he didn't see anything seriously wrong with his behavior?
Urban Fantasy Investigations
I don't need that to make me want to buy the next book... Definitely worth the read, but make sure you read the earlier books first.
A. Bosen

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maja (The Nocturnal Library) on April 8, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How far would you go to save your best friend? If you're anything like Corine Solomon, you would take a one-way ticket to hell without a second thought.

This is my tenth book by Ann Aguirre, and she has yet to write a single sentence that I won't like. From her restrained writing style to her astonishing worlds, everything she does demonstrates calmness, precision and experience not many authors have.

My relationship with Corine Solomon got off to a rocky start. Just like Sirantha Jax, she was insufferable at first, mildly infuriating later and a role model by the end. Not that we got to see much of Corine this time around, as she was sharing her body with a vicious demon queen. She was mostly in the background, a helpless spectator in her own life, and even when she found the strength to push the queen down, she was rarely the Corine I know and love. She and the queen started out as complete opposites, one gentle and mellow, the other evil incarnate, but the lines started blurring pretty soon and suddenly I had no idea where one ends and the other begins. Just like Chance, I was unsure about her actions, constantly wondering which part was Corine, and which the demon queen. If that isn't proof enough of superior writing skills, I don't know what is.

I adore that Aguirre toys with the genre, stepping in and out as she sees fit and abandoning it altogether when the need arises. Hell Fire, book two in the series, was really a small-town horror story, compelling, utterly creepy and so much better than the small town horror story that won 2011 GoodReads choice award. That's when it became clear that the author refuses to be confined by the genre and it was around that time that I started worshiping the ground she walks on... with much dignity, of course.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Under The Covers Book Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Devil's Punch
Reviewed by Ann & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

I would love to have Corine Solomon as a friend. When she learns that her best friend, Shannon has been taken by the demons she has provoked, Corine makes no hesitation as she sets her plans in motion to get her back. She is loyal and kind, and although her life right now is still murky, she knows that she has people in her life that are worth fighting for.

DEVIL'S PUNCH begins in Mexico, where Corine and Chase are trying to work their relationship out. Chase has been giving Corine her space, but I have to say that I loved how he was able to convey his feelings without smothering her. Those tender kisses and longing glances really solidified the fact that he really does care about her and what happens between them. I loved the glimpses into his past and really wished there was more of that because I enjoyed more of his character that way.

Though the book starts off in Mexico, it doesn't really stay that way. Early on, Corine's journey to find her best friend takes them out of Mexico and into Sheol, or Hell. I found that the pacing was good. There wasn't a moment that dragged for too long. I thought that that was noteworthy because in most of Ann's books, she is able to move the story on smoothly while punching you in the teeth. She's that good of a writer.

Another nice thing about this book is the action. Aguirre incorporates interesting mythology while making it her own. I noticed that Aguirre's writing style isn't flashy and yet it still manages to hold my attention. But don't get me wrong, the action is in no way subdued. There are demons, so there is no way that this book could be passed up!

Interesting things occur in this book that makes me eager to read the next book in the series, AGAVE KISS. I can't help but wonder what Aguirre has in store for her readers next!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ravenly on April 21, 2012
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The Corine Solomon series has been an auto buy because the first few in the series were great. I truly liked all the characters and the ideas behind the magic. It was very easy to fall into the world. I really enjoyed each book until this one. I had to force myself to keep going in the hopes it would pick up the pace. I was bored from the first chapter until we finally descended into the demon realm. And although it was full of interesting things about demons the story was just flat. And having the main characters start changing to fit the environs was just....strange. I just wasn't feeling it. In fact, the ending was just another chapter. I didn't really care that a main character died. And that is pretty sad. I intend to try the next one and hope it is more exciting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Urban Fantasy Investigations on April 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chance has moved to Mexico to be with Corine and although their relationship is progressing slowly there time alone together is all cut short when Corine finds out her best friend has been kidnapped by Demons. The pair quickly find out that the kidnapping is to get Corine to jump into the demon realm and take her place on the throne.

I was really sad that the ending of book 3 SHADY LADY left some of Corine's closest friends without any memories of her. Although they finally get their memories back so much has happened and so much has been lost that it still leaves you really sad at the end of DEVIL'S PUNCH. The setting of book 4 takes place pretty much fully in on the Demon plane. I cant say I enjoyed it as much due to the fact that everything changed so much from what I'm used to reading about Corine. The world building is really great and the new characters were interesting but it just didn't feel like the other Corine books. The situation with Chance pretty much falling head over heals for the Demon Queen really bugged me. I understand a little bit because of the overall situation but come on, he is in love with CORINE and he didn't see anything seriously wrong with his behavior? I just had a really hard time with that overall and it made me lose faith in him. There is a lot of high emotion throughout the book and I did find myself bawling in a few parts. It will be interesting to see where Ann takes the series next.

DEVIL'S PUNCH was not my favorite of the series but a lot did happen to move the series along and I will be reading book 5 when it comes out.
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