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Emerald Blaze

– tekijä: Ilona Andrews

Sarjat: Hidden Legacy (5)

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I really enjoyed this book! I have been a big fan of this series from the start and really everything Ilona Andrews writes for a very long time so I went into this book expecting to love it so I was very pleased that it was just as good as I had hoped. I usually read any Ilona Andrews book in quick order just as soon as it makes its way to my hands but I was forced to take my time with this book due to things going on in the rest of my life and I think it was actually really nice to savor this story one piece at a time. I looked forward to the time that I did have to dedicate to this story and I found it to be a fantastic read.

The story starts off with a bang and the excitement held until the very end. I love how creative some of the enemies are in this series. As I read this book, I was reminded by just how well done the world-building in the series has been. It was really easy to slip into this story and focus on the mystery at hand and this mystery really kept me guessing. I had no idea how Catalina and Alessandro would pull it off but I knew that it would be fun to watch.

Catalina is a great character and I feel like she has grown a lot in this installment. She heads House Baylor efficiently and with authority and she is willing to make any sacrifices necessary to protect her family. She also plans to protect her heart, namely from Alessandro. Alessandro was more of a mystery to me. I liked him coming into this book and thought that his abilities were impressive but I feel like he opened up a bit in this book. I do think that he is the perfect match for Catalina and I hope to really see some sparks fly in the next installment.

I would highly recommend this book to others. This was just a fun read. It was great to catch up with all of the key players from the series, including Nevada and Mad Rogan. The mystery in this book was very well done and the characters were easy to care about. I cannot wait to read more from this talented writing pair soon!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Oct 11, 2020 |
Series Info/Source: This is the 5th book in the Hidden Legacy series and the second book in Catalina Baylor’s story arc. I bought a copy of this book for my Kindle.

Story (5/5): This story is absolutely amazing. Someone has been using the Osiris serum illegally and Catalina is given this case to solve. Unfortunately for her, her liaison on the case is none other than Alessandro. This story was fast-paced, complex, and tied in well with previous books. It was masterfully done and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Characters (5/5): I love Catalina even more than I loved Nevada. Catalina has been dealt a pretty rough hand but she is super tough in her own way and determined to protect her family. I love her determination and enjoy watching her grow, both into her role as house head and into her amazing powers. Alessandro was a lot of fun too and it was amazing to learn his history and watch him in action. Of course, all the side characters are incredibly well done and interesting as well.

Setting (5/5): This is an absolutely amazing, complex, and well thought out world. Andrews always does an absolutely fantastic job building complex worlds with complex magic systems. They are always well thought out and completely immersive, absolutely loved this!

Writing Style (5/5): This husband/wife writing team really is one of the best urban fantasy writers out there right now. Every story is the full deal, and this story is no exception. The dialogue is witty, the action is amazing, the world is perfect, the characters are intriguing and complex, and everything just comes together to create such an excellent story. Every time I read an Andrews book I suddenly remember how mediocre everything else I have been reading is...

My Summary (5/5): Overall this was just absolutely amazing and an excellent installment in this series. I was blown away by the amazing world, the characters, the action, the magic, the mystery...this is just a perfect blend of so many elements. I highly recommend this whole series to urban fantasy fans. This book was my favorite of the series so far and I can’t wait to see how Catalina’s story plays out. ( )
  krau0098 | Oct 9, 2020 |
A perfectly fine potato chip book. What you expect is what you get. Magic, love, and messy family fun. Chomp chomp. ( )
  quondame | Oct 5, 2020 |
I am obsessed with this series! I wanted to start Emerald Blaze as soon as it arrived (preordered this as soon as I could), but knew I 'd need an entire day to read it. Once I start something by Ilona Andrews, I'm incapable of putting it down! Thankfully there was a day when my husband was home and I could disappear for a few hours. I'm not saying there weren't interruptions - - because there were - - but I still managed to get through this entire book within 24 hours. It may have been 2 AM, but it still counts! ;)

This author duo is phenomenal, and I will forever read whatever they write! The characters, world-building, and storytelling are always amazing. I can pick up the next book in a series (after waiting roughly a year for a new one) and immediately fall back into the story like I'd never left. There's a larger, looming goal that the characters are steadily moving towards, but each book can stand alone and comes with its own set of problems to solve. I really love how they're able to tie everything together, yet still make each book something that's unique and captivating.

Initially, I was worried I wouldn't like Catalina as much as Nevada (for those of you new to this series, the first three books were from Nevada's perspective, the next three will be from Catalina's, and the following three from Arabella's (they're sisters)), but Catalina is just as compelling of a character. She doesn't handle situations the same way her sister would, and is instead forging her own path on her own terms. It that means keeping her enemies close and leaning their secrets, she'll do it despite how it makes her feel (and even if it puts her at odds with her family). Catalina had to develop an icy exterior when dealing with the other Houses and their Primes, or they wouldn't take her seriously. It's amazing seeing how much she's transformed over the course of this series!

The family dynamics are on point! I love everyone in they Baylor family (and their respective paramours), and how well they work together. They're not afraid to laugh or call each other out, and they've got each other's backs no matter what. They'll fight monsters together, but then argue over who ate all of the leftovers from the fridge. #FamilyGoals

Even the characters that aren't related to the Baylor's are wonderfully written and fleshed out! The authors drop small hints to remind you of things that have happened in the past, and the nudges really helped wake my brain up after some time away. It's characters like this you wish were real so you could all be BFFs. There are a ton of laugh-out-loud moments despite the seriousness of the story, and you can't help but want to be a part of it all.

I also love Catalina's magical ability and really like that she's discovered new aspects about how it works. It's interesting to see the various ways she can use it to her benefit while dealing with the craziness of their world and individual circumstances. She's not someone to be trifled with, despite how young and innocent she looks. Catalina is deadly in her own right, and I loved that Alessandro never questioned or doubted her abilities. Speaking of Alessandro, I was iffy about his return after the last book. His motives were unclear, but thankfully the author cleared a lot of things up in this one. His reasons were valid, and he wasn't trying to mislead or lie to Catalina in any way. I am SO GLAD things are out in the open now, and I cannot wait to see how their relationship progresses moving forward. #RooftopScene *fans self*

Emerald Blaze was full of action and adventure, humor and family, magic and what people are willing do to obtain more of it. I love the complexities of this series, and how I never feel overwhelmed by the various issues being addressed in a single book (that also span throughout several in the series). There is so much going on, but it never feels like it's too much. The pacing is perfectly balanced with the information being shared, and it's like riding on a roller coaster with enough thrill to make you want to do it again and again. If you haven't read anything by this author duo, you don't know what you're missing!

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  doyoudogear | Oct 2, 2020 |
Great follow-up book in the Hidden Legacy series. Lots of action and suspense and two very strong lead characters. I will definitely be looking forward to the next one. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Sep 26, 2020 |
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