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Violent revenge threatens a demon-touched amateur witch in the solid third Corine Solomon adventure (after 2010's Hell Fire). Corine is ready to return to her normal life as a pawnshop owner, but when Kel Ferguson, Hand of God, arrives just in time to save her from touching an item hexed to kill her, she discovers that a drug cartel boss is out for her blood. Corine, Kel, and Corine's teen ward, Shannon, dodge enemies from Mexico City to Laredo, Tex.—with an even more dangerous side trip to Peru—while striking bargains with red witches, a rival cartel, demons, and their own consciences. Corine's inner turmoil over using dark powers to survive is compelling, as is her attraction to the strong and appealing Kel (even though he's love interest #3). Aguirre has a gift for creating strong characters who keep her readers coming back for more. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451463250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463258
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I've come to expect great things from Ann Aguirre. I don't just read her books, I step into the skin of her characters, breath the same air, taste the same food, feel the same rush of adrenaline and chill of fear. The Corine Solomon books in particular, have all been superb supernatural rides, and SHADY LADY is the best yet.

What a surprise Kel was in this book. When we first met him in BLUE DIABLO, he was this crazy, zealous warrior. Barely human. An enemy. A tenuous alliance was formed between him and Corine, but he was still terrifying at best, and homicidal most times. And yet, Ann changed him in a very gradual, subtle way throughout SHADY LADY. Or maybe she just changed my perception, because by the end of the book, I'd basically called the race for Corine's heart and the two other guys from the previous book weren't even close. I loved how my expectations were completely turned upside down and yet I never once felt cheated.

But even though I may have declared a winner, that doesn't mean that Corine (or Ann has). I had some issues with Corine's indecisiveness in the previous books, and she's no more resolute this time when it comes to the men in her life. In SHADY LADY, she mentally commits to each one before waffling on to the next in the space of only a few chapters. Talk about whiplash. Yes there are circumstances that prompt each decision, but I would have expected her to maybe take a little time to think things through before moving on to the next guy. But that's my only complaint in this otherwise excellent urban fantasy.

There is so much good stuff packed into this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pamela VINE VOICE on April 6, 2011
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Shady Lady is the third book in Ann Aguirre's Corine Solomon urban fantasy series, and I'm pleased to report that Aguirre just keeps on delivering the goods. Despite a slow and somewhat jerky start, by the mid-point of the book I was completely hooked, and the end left me drooling for more.

The beginning reminded me of how the first book in the series, Blue Diablo started out pretty slow and meandering, and while Shady Lady doesn't exactly meander, it does take a while to really pick up. Big Exciting Things happen at the beginning, when we find out that Montoya, the drug dealer Corine pissed off in the first book, is gunning for her, and Kel, the slightly creepy Hand of God, shows up saying that he's on a mission from God... er, has been assigned to protect Corine. They, along with Shannon, Corine's roommate and the gifted girl she rescued from her old hometown in Hell Fire, set off to find out how to break a hex that was meant to kill Corine.

The more I think about it, the more Shady Lady feels like two novels mashed into one. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but it does lead to a slightly disjointed feel overall. The first half involves Corine and Kel running around, dodging snipers and trekking through jungles. The second half involves Corine turning into a seriously tough lady in Texas, trying to take out Montoya and stay on the good side of Montoya's rival and her new, er, patron, Escobar. In terms of how the story flows, story one segues into story two pretty well, but it did take a while for me to really feel like the ball was rolling.

Once again, characterization is the strongest point in this series. Corine continually grows as a character, learning things about herself that scare her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise on April 6, 2011
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I really appreciate the author's writing style. The characters are well rounded with layers,several points of interest and complexity. The plot has texture and nuiances with hints of intrigue to come. Corine is fun she is smart, tough, vulnerable and loyal. She isn't a superhero but a person who steps up as crisis reach her and makes difficult choices. She is finding her strength as she is facing some pretty scary advesaries. Her struggles are not neat with easy solutions for every move their are consequences some are happy some devastating. I think Ann gave enough hints about Chance's origins and I am anxious to see if I am right. After three books I'm more vested and intrigued by the characters. Great read start with 1st in series and I also recommend Jax series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on April 19, 2011
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Ann Aguirre's Shady Lady is the third of her Corine Solomon series which has so far covered, among other things, drug cartels out for revenge, magic as a street weapon, demons and small towns, and messed up relationships. Shady Lady doesn't really do anything to change that. Corine finds herself with the Montoya cartel is out for her blood because they can't attack Min or her son, Chance. This, unfortunately, pulls her way from the nice normal life she so desperately wants and thrusts her back into the role of not-quite heroine. Along with Kel Ferguson, the Hand of God, Corine has to prove herself to one dangerous cartel boss in order to get Montoya out of her life permanently.

First off, I love the amount of character development Kel gets and how strong Corine is for most of the book. Secondly, Corine's emotional responses tend to ring more true than not. I like the way that Corine worries about becoming a monster. I wish she wasn't quite so much of a broken record about it, but overall it is a good thing. I like that Shannon responds to Corine's less heroic decisions with something other than a stoic stiff upper lip, she worries about her friend and how far Corine's going to go down the slippery slope. I like that the book was relatively Chance free. Corine thinks about him a lot sure, but she doesn't moon over him like she had a tendency to do in the first two books. She's made her break from him and started to move on. That said, Corine also does some really stupid things with little apparent planning or reason. She gets lost in her own head a couple of times, resulting in the narrative being broken a bit as she slogs through her own emotions. I've also got to admit that I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but that most of my problems with it will probably be tied up in a later novel. I give Shady Lady a four out of five, and suggest picking up the series if at all possible.
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