Review: Agave Kiss by Ann Aguirre

Posted March 21, 2013 by Gikany in 4 stars, Rating A, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , ,

Agave Kiss
Author: Ann Aguirre 
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Roc
Corine Solomon #5
ISBN: #978-0451465030
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Once Corine Solomon only had the touch—the ability to read an object’s past by handling it. Then she inherited her mother’s magick, and that ended up being a hell of a burden. But if Corine can wrestle a demon queen and win, she can bring back her lover Chance after he’s made the ultimate sacrifice. Can’t she? All Corine knows is that she can’t leave Chance behind if there’s anything she can do about it.
But the clock is ticking—and she still has to deal with debt-collecting demons and a maniacal archangel who’s running a recruitment drive. The stakes have never been so high…and this time it’s truly Corine’s last chance to save the love of her life.
What Gikany is talking about:
Agave Kiss is the fifth, and final, book in the Corine Solomon series.  It is a worthy finale to the series and nicely ties up all of the loose ends from the previous four books.  All of the major characters that have made an appearance in the previous four books do so again in this one, and their plot arcs are resolved.   I really appreciated this touch.
Agave Kiss picks up approximately one week after the end of Devil’s Punch.  Corine is trying to figure out how she can go on after the shattering loss of Chance’s sacrifice.  To top it all off, she and Shannon are still stuck in London without passports or any sort of documentation.  A call for assistance from Booke gives Corine the opportunity to focus on helping someone else rather than wallowing in her own sorrows.
The blurb that the author provided about Agave Kiss suggests that most of it is about Corine rescuing Chance.  It’s not.  This is the major thread woven into the background of the book and the plot arc that gives it structure, but most of the novel deals with the consequences of Corine’s choices from both the previous books in the series and those that develop as she tries to help Booke.  I love that in this series actions have consequences.  An example of this is that Corine has lost her ability to use her mother’s white magic because she channeled too much demon magic in Devil’s Punch.
Another theme that runs through the Corine Solomon series is that doing the wrong thing for the right reason does not make it acceptable.  Evil done in the name of good is still evil.  Corine’s soul has been scarred by her dealings with demons.  Why she chose to do so makes no difference.  Ignorance also offers no excuse.
I have really enjoyed this series.  In preparation for this review, I treated myself to a reread of the previous books and enjoyed them just as much the second time around.  All of the books build on each other and I strongly recommend that you start this series with Blue Diablo, the first book.
Gikanys Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
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