Book Review : Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) By Ilona Andrews

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.


A quick insight into the Hidden Legacy Universe

To those who haven’t read Hidden Legacy series, this short novella is sort of a bridge between the trilogy and the next trilogy on the same universe, with a different protagonist. Hidden Legacy was about Nevada and the next series will be about her younger sister Catalina.

Just a quick insight into the world –

In this alternate universe that has all the technology that we have, there are primes. They are a result of a serum having been discovered in the 1800s which unleashed people’s magical talents. This serum, as a result, became sought after by the wealthy and powerful who used it as a means to gain more wealth and influence. The serum was later locked out after the its potential for destruction was realized. But by then, many wealthy families all over the world already had used it. Now, magic runs in families and has created magical dynasties so much so that even marriages are decided based on these magical powers and which powers combined can create powerful children. The most powerful magic users are called Primes.

The Baylors weren’t initially a prime. They ran (still do) a detective agency, with the eldest daughter Nevada in charge. Nevada has the powerful ability to detect lies. Hidden Legacy was about her and Rogan – one of the most notorious and powerful primes out there – who has an unimaginable telekinesis prowess.


My Review 

By the start of Diamond Fire, the Baylors have become registered Primes. But very few people know about Catalina and Arabella’s (Nevada’s younger sisters at 18 and 16) magical powers.

Arabella is the protagonist now. She has the dangerous ability to make people fall in love with her so much so that they lose all their senses and become infatuated with her. I loved the idea of her character. And I love her even more. She’s amazing. She has had a sheltered life, with having to keep to herself so that she wouldn’t unleash her powers, after some tragic experiences in her childhood. She’s shy, insecure and doesn’t have social skills. I can’t wait to see more of her story.

This novella itself was short and fun. The plot was pretty simple. Catalina who’s the de-facto planner for Nevada and Rogan’s wedding has been given the responsibility by Rogan’s mom to find the culprit from her corrupt family who stole the priceless heirloom tiara before the wedding. As if stolen tiaras weren’t enough, there are family secrets to unveil and poisoned food to be prevented.

I liked the parts with the Baylor family interactions. They’re simply my favorite! I loved the insights into Catalina’s character. It was great to see the old gang back. But Mrs. Rogan became my favorite new character. She’s super awesome!

I didn’t like the short length. I wanted to see the wedding from Nevada or Rogan’s point of view. I wanted more of Nevada and Rogan in general. I wanted to see more of Alessandro Sagredo who we have all surmised to be Catalina’s love interest and the only prime in the world who can withstand Catalina’s magical power. We only see a cameo from him and that just isn’t done.

I feel like this book accomplished what it set out to do – make me anticipate Catalina’s story. But it also suffered from its short length and didn’t have the usual brilliant plotting and storytelling that we know the author can bring to the table.


Also, can we have more covers like this in the next books? Hidden Legacy had the worst covers fit for B-grade books! I’d never be able to own that series, all thanks to those horrible covers.


My Rating: ★★★☆☆

October Wrap-Up

It’s already been a week into November and I’ve yet to read a book. I plan to change that today. And I thought I’d do a wrap-up October post before starting my November reading. I had high expectations from this month but I think at the end, I was kinda let down


★★☆☆☆


My Review :
The Truth About Us



★★★☆☆

My Reviews :
Secrets Of A (Somewhat) Sunny Girl
Sonnet Coupled
A Postmodern Love
His Dark Magic (Northern Circle Coven # 1)
The Red Ledger Part 1
Hard Sell (21 Wall Street #2)


★★★★☆

My Reviews:
Sky In The Deep
Mammoth
One Day In December



★★★★★

My Review:
Muse Of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2)


My top picks of the Month

               

Muse Of Nightmares (Strange The Dreamer #2) : I think my ratings make it absolutely clear how much I loved this book. This series has probably made a place in my all-time favorites. Laini Taylor is a genius. This is an author who keeps surpassing herself. And I love it!

One Day In December : There can be no competition with Muse of Nightmares. But if I had to pick the book I enjoyed most after Muse of Nightmares this month, this would be it. I might have given this book 5 stars if not for the ending. I’ll be honest. That ending let me down. It was underwhelming for a book that builds up to it and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the culmination to the story of the characters it makes you invest in. But other than that, it’s a great story that I recommend for readers who enjoy angsty contemporary romances.