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This book right away does a couple of things that gave it high points in my book:
First of all the setting was not all in the United States, which is refreshing when I see it anywhere. Corine is living in Mexico before events mean she has to travel to Laredo, Texas, and this is reflected in her day to day life, the food, and the language. Spanish is peppered throughout the dialog, and I'm very glad that I took enough Spanish classes in my lifetime to understand it! I also enjoyed the descriptions of food (ah how I love reading about food).
The second thing was Chance, Corine's ex-boyfriend, who is a half (at least) Asian hero. I have a huge soft spot for mixed race characters!. He's a very intriguing guy - at first he seems very polished and put together, sort of distant, but I think the reader gets this through the way Corine sees him because the book is written from her first person point of view. As the story progresses Corine begins to realize he may not be the person she thought he was. He's also changed in the year that Corine was away, and there are still feelings on both sides about the other. It's a little bit painful on both their parts and ultimately I hope things work out for them, but Corine is not quick to forgive at all. They have issues to sort out. I had to agree that Corine wasn't always the most gracious character, but love is messy sometimes. On the other hand, it almost seems like Chance actually likes her more for it (Disfunctional? I can't decide. There were a one scene in particular which springs to mind).
Overall: I liked it - an urban fantasy with an international flare. It's an action packed first book, full of flawed but likeable characters and relationships. Must read for Ann Aguirre fans, and urban fantasy lovers who want to try out a new author who haven't read this one before.
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Corine has been on the run ever since her mother (an openly practicing witch in Georga) was killed by a mob. When her mother died she managed to give Corine two gifts. First, the ability to tell when trouble is coming. Second, the ability to tell what went on around an object. This gift hold a price though - any object with enough "charge" to hold an image will burn Corine's hands when it gives her that image. Corine has finally managed to settle down in one place - Mexico City - for almost a year when her ex finds her and tells her that his mother is missing.
Together they set off to find his mother.
The Good: I loved all the side characters. They were (mostly) well written and very interesting. Several of them were gifted with some fun things - like Corine's ex, Chance, who was gifted with luck. The author has a gift for imagery. The story and plot are all right, but nothing that exciting.
The Bad: I didn't care for Corine. She was often deliberately hurtful to those around her, usually as a means of keeping her distance from them, although once it was a case of "they'll thank me later". She was incredibly annoying about having two potential love interests and not being able to choose. Love triangles tend to annoy me as either 1) the person they're thinking of leaving didn't do anything wrong (no matter what the main character thinks) or 2) one of the people in consideration are obviously a bad choice for them. Very few author's balance things out well.
Corine wasn't the only character to be inconsistent for no good reason either.
While I know that Chance's gift was luck, there were still a few things that I found just absolutely ridiculous, like a super intelligent dog that was able to give them some help, and a bad guy from Corine's past that shows up to help them out.