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Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. They won RT Book Reviews' 2016 Career Achievement Award for Best Urban Fantasy. Ilona is a native-born Russian, and Andrew is a former communications sergeant in the United States Army. They are the coauthors of the bestselling Kate Daniels urban fantasy series, the Edge series, and the paranormal romance Hidden Legacy series, among others.
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My biggest issue is that I didn’t like Catalina’s huge crush on Alessandro. She was in love with him when she didn’t know a thing about him. All he had to do was speak in a certain tone of voice or give her a look and she melted. Or her brain melted. Whatever. It just made her seem really young and immature, despite her level-headedness and intelligence in every other area of her life. It seemed like when it came to love - she was a hormonal teenager.
By the end of the book, she had gotten to know him better and had developed some suspicions (never confirmed) that he needed her help. She built everything up in her head with little to no input from him.
I agree with Linus - why is she so fixated on this guy? Out of so many other guys? I just don’t get it. I was annoyed when she had the mini-breakdown at the end about ‘there would never be another for her’, hell girl, you’ve just known this guy for maybe a week and he’s barely told you a single thing about himself. But you are 100% sure that this is your one and only true love. And if you can’t be with him, your life is forever ruined and you are destined to be bitter and alone. Really. 🙄
And then, it just seemed so one-sided. Sure, he hinted that he really liked her and said he was obsessed with her, but again - it seemed like he barely knew her either, so what are those feelings based on? Looks? Infatuation? And then the ending, when she wears her heart on her sleeve and he just brushes it off. Ouch. It did make her look like a bit of a moron.
I know I didn’t love Nevada’s first book but ended up loving the rest of her story, so I still have hopes that this storyline will improve significantly as it goes along. Still, I was disappointed by this read.
It’s the humour that carries this story of Catalina- the reluctant head of a magical family who is now responsible for her family’s finances and business dealings. Her family is full of great characters all as annoying and loveable as real families. There is even a puppy.
As Catalina begins a challenging new assignment she is stalked by a Fabio-like Allessandro, Italian and impossibly handsome as well as full of himself. He is pretty entertaining but sometimes it hard to see him as a real romantic protagonist. This is not a perfect book but its funny, well paced and good escapist reading.
I'll be honest - I did miss seeing 2 of my favourites, Nevada and Rogan. BUT I really enjoyed reading Sapphire Flames, and cannot wait to see where the next book in the series takes the storyline. Lots of action and fight scenes, and I adore all of the secondary characters as well - Catalina's Mum, Grandma Frida, Arabella, Leon and Bern.
I NEED the next book to find out more about Alessandro. He is way more dangerous than his carefully cultivated Instagram life implies. And of course the ending just left me wanting more!
This book is about 3 years past the previous one & everybody had grown up a bit & we see lots of changes.
cant wait to learn more about the family & Cornelius as well.
Overall, this book felt like a Nevada redo, with a man whose superpower was seduction not being "mad".
It is a great book, I am glad we are seeing the world from Catalina's perspective and giving Nevada a break.
It is a fun read and the start of an interesting new story arc.
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In this world the dominant power are assemblies at state, national and international level made up of members of Houses, magical families built around particular talents who cross bred feud and ally with each other while have a loose relationship with the law while talents vary wildly loosely classified between Arcane,Elemental and Mental the heart of every house is the Primes the highest level of magic user followed by Significant then Average. The hidden legacy series is set in Houston and follows the Baylor family as they make alliances and become a power.
While technology and computers exist and can and do mesh with magic this isn’t steam punk more known for there Kate Daniels which was urban fantasy with strong element of romance this is closer to being a PNR, a paranormal romance, basically you could tweak the Kate Daniels series and take out the romance and it would survive that’s a harder task with the hidden legacy series.
And love or hate it this book moves the series closer to straight up PNR.
Without spoiling this isn’t the jumping off point to start this series unlike the first three books that follow neveda this follows Catalina her younger sister but it’s very much a continuation of storylines started in previous books
What I liked: the characters are always a highlight The Baylor family are like able and loyal to each other the secondary cast is diverse the talents are many varied and interesting I love continuity the romance may be a stronger element but there is still a coherent storyline, the authors imagination is top notch and gives you highlights such as sergeant teddy the pacifist bear and Matalide the animal mage in training.Catalina is a solid protagonist though I felt that she wasn’t allowed to be her own kind of character? She has always been a very smart character with a active powerful magic my favorite moments were her vulnerable ones she didn’t need to be a physical bad ass as well and it would have given some of the supporting cast such as Leon a chance to shine the Baylor is a family and a team andI wish that had been played up more as it was it became close to Mary Sue territory master of combat, magic, business ext not as bad as Alessandro it also grated because we saw her before she became such a all rounder do I accept Catalina could be a highly competent character of course, do I want her not to need anyone anyone else? No neveda utilized everyone more in her first three books because she was making her way to becoming a power, Catalina just suddenly kind of becomes it robs a lot of the fun.
What I didn’t like: the secondary cast Leon, Augustine, Ragnar, runa Linus ext are the real delight but much like in the authors edge series they don’t get much time to stand out and develop that’s always , in my opinion, been a problem in the authors more romance heavy series look at George and jack in the edge series. I wanted more Leon , Alessandro a typicalAndrews hero handsome, deadly powerful charming he didn’t land for me too perfect maybe and his Powers were the plot equivalent of a Swiss Army knife normally the authors are the masters of walking the line with characters that are compelling but not completely over the top Alessandro pretty much pole vaults that top when paired with Catalina it means they don’t need anyone else which kind of robs the whole point of having a fantastic secondary cast. though maybe my reaction is I have read every book the authors put out and intend to read everyone one they put out in the future and while I don’t hate the romance aspect to there stories i do like it by and large it’s simply not the main draw for me as storytellers I think they stand with Briggs and butcher I do think that there romances are the one part of there stories that run the risk of becoming formulaic I would like to see it mixed up a lgbt couple front and center maybe, Arabella and Runa anyone? Doesn’t have to be that of course I am not looking for diversity for diversity sake just something a little different.
And last but not least the covers the authors between there many series are cursed with some of the worst covers there Kate Daniels series for many years and editions would feature a generic white character despite Kate being a person of color in the books and the legacy series makes it look like some mills and boons bodice ripper churned out by the hundreds in the nineties rather then the smart and imaginative urban fantasy it is.
Look I realize this sounds I am being negative it’s not there strongest book by a country mile it’s still a decent read I finished in a single sitting and I will still preach loud and wide about the feel good joys and amazing imagination of these authors.
The story does feel a bit formulaic too with so many scenes, dialogue and characters mimicing other Andrews creations or staples. The Baylor's in dire financial need: check. The Baylor's following their conscience despite being the underdog in the face of House warfare: check. Mysterious and deadly male who isn't what we expect: Check. A social function requiring getting dressed up and the obligatory sexy looks: check. An attack on the Baylor home: check. Bug helping out: check. Alessandro has some similarities to Raphael and Curran. I will be pleasantly surprised if Alessandro doesn't make a similar familial sacrifice to Curran later in the series. Also how the final showdown gets set up and how Catalina deals with it had echoes of Nevada's story with Rogan. The ultimatum that Catalina faces from her grandmother is a bit predictable.
Despite this I still love this book, these elements are ones I love and they make for a brilliant easy read, although I would have like something a little more original. It is still an enjoyable and entertaining read. I will look forward to the next book and will continue to recommend the Andrews books.
Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Catalina is now head of House Baylor, she gets brought in to bring a suicidal Prime down using her siren powers and gets drawn into investigating the death of his mother and sister. From the get go things don't seem to be on the up-and-up, then Catalina's teen crush Alessandro Sagredo turns up being less Eurotrash billionaire heartthrob and more deadly assassin (albeit a very sexy Italian one).
Soon House Baylor is embroiled in yet another mystery, all of our favourite family members have a part to play but the star of the show is Alessandro, I just love the way he keeps appearing on Catalina's bed, lolling like one of Shelly Laurenston's vain lion shifters, especially when he finds the heart-shaped glitter picture frame that Catalina's sisters filled with a picture of him from his instagram feed LOL.
I know I'm biased because I think I've read everything Ilona Andrews has published but I thought this was just great, I loved the plot and the romance and the mystery and I can't wait to see where the series goes next. (view spoiler)
Overall, it was worth the wait, I read it in less than a day and I love Ilona Andrews just as much as ever.
This is the first in a second set of books about her younger sister and her coming to power in this magical world. It has the same wit and almost non stop action as the family go to war to save a friend. The side characters are the same ones and just as much fun. In the first trilogy the younger members of the family were all teenagers which meant there was a great deal of teenage behaviour. Time has moved on by 3 years so they are all a little older, this makes them a bit easier to handle as an adult reader. As usual the heroine and hero are in conflict throughout and our hero has secrets that carry on to the next book in the series. That is something to note. The story arc carries forward to the next in the series so while this episode is concluded the romance most definitely isn't. Be prepared to buy what I assume will be another trilogy.
Unlike many series the lead character has shifted so giving readers an opportunity to start from here. There is enough back story to allow anyone to pick up the story and, although the characters are mostly from the first trilogy, the plot is a new one and doesn't depend too much on knowing all the details from the earlier one. Having said that I would recommend trying those books as they are reasonably priced and really enjoyable.
If I had reviewed this book the first time I read it I would have said that the lead characters weren't as appealing as the originals and the story a bit weaker. That would have been unfair to a good action packed story as on the second reading I have actually enjoyed it just as much. I am looking forward to the next book.
Anyone who enjoyed the Kate Daniels series should give this a try.
Catalina is now the head of Baylor's House, and she is filling Nevada's shoes tremendously well. Her talent isn't the same as Nevada's, but just as potent, and comes with its own risk. When her friend is in need, she doesn't hesitate to step in. Only her security details are not as potent, and hard decisions have to be made.
When she unknowingly puts herself in grave danger, Alessandro is there to help. He seems to be there whenever she needs saving, but having been her childhood crush, she doesn't want to accidentally snare him,and tries to put him off at every opportunity. All her comments seem to wash off his back, and he is always there when the need arises. Their banters are rather comical and they call a truce which brings them closer. However, Catalina being her considerate self is determined to keep him away. It's interesting to see how that works.
Catalina has grown up to be a compassionate woman. Alessandro is a bit of an unknown. He reveals some of his talents and his reasons for being interested in her investigation, but things don't quite add up. It's rather mysterious, but his conversation with his sibling indicates that he has another mission. Maybe we'll be enlightened in the next installment.
I was rather invested in this fast paced, dangerous, mysterious and magical world. Unfortunately, there is a while to go before the next installment is released. I can't wait to see what happens next.
What I've noticed is that Catalina is much more flexible than Nevada. Nevada is like a tank and in that regard suits Rogan very well. Catalina is more subversive and soft, although no less deadly. Many times she is so scared and panicky, but still willing to battle through it and act, and she is just coming into her own strength. I found her fascinating and full of hidden angles.
The plot in all its complexity kept me guessing about its main conspiracy, and I generally was very happy with Baylor House development. However, I did not find the instalove between Alessandro and Catalina very convincing for two reasons.
First of all, he does not open up in this book at all, serving more like a prop to Catalina's use of power. Secondly, she might be his fan, but she doesn't know or understands him enough to fall in love with him that fast. I felt like I was missing a few scenes.
Otherwise, this was a delicious read, and a sure future re-read, peeps. If you are unfamiliar with Ilona Andrews and this series, in particular, start with Burn For Me. Much recommended.
Anyone who knows me should know I'm obsessed with Nevada and particularly Rogan, I'm totally addicted to their books (I've read them all well over 10 times each now!) and yes, I would have been happy to read many, many more books from Nevada's point of view. Having said that I'm still glad that they've been given their HEA and I'm happy that we'll get to see glimpses of it in Catalina's story. I think Ilona Andrews deliberately kept them pretty absent from this book to allow readers to get used to the change in narrators and I think that was the right thing to do. There is a reason for their absence and we do still get small hints of what is going on with them now but this is Catalina's time to shine and she does it brilliantly.
I've already mentioned that it's been almost three years since Nevada's wedding and the formation of House Baylor. Catalina is now head of the house and they're just about to run out of the 3 year grace period where no other houses were allowed to attack them. Their enemies are circling and Catalina has been doing her best to form allies and build their reputation as a house that shouldn't be messed with. It's not easy though and in a lot of ways they're still a little known entity that other more established houses don't really take too seriously. Catalina has spent years training with her magic thanks to help from Rogan's mother and she's grown a lot in confidence in that time too. She's still quite shy and would rather avoid confrontation but at the same time she is very protective of her family and will do whatever it takes to keep them safe, even if it pushes her completely out of her comfort zone.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot of this story but there is plenty of action, hints of more than one future romance and all the humour you'd expect from this series. The Baylor family is as crazy as ever but they're also just as close knit. Nevada was so much older than her sisters and cousins that she had a very different relationship with them than Catalina does so I really enjoyed seeing how Catalina works alongside Arabella, Bern and Leon. All four of them are more grown up now and they're all coming into their own both magically and in a sense of finding their purpose. We may not see much of Nevada and Rogan but other familiar faces are still in full play from Cornelius and Matilda through to Augustine, Bug and Linus Duncan.
Alessandro obviously has a lot of secrets but I'm enjoying the banter between him and Catalina. I love how dorky she can be sometimes and that he finds it so endearing and I really enjoyed learning more about his magic. He has some impressive skills and I think we're only beginning to touch the surface of what both he and Catalina are capable of. Theirs is the kind of slow burn romance that Ilona and Gordon excel at and I can't wait to watch it grow into something explosive. It won't be easy to knock Nevada and Rogan off of my top couple spot but I have a feeling that Catalina and Alessandro may be able to do it!
The only thing even slightly disappointing about this book is that I can't have the rest of the trilogy immediately but even that isn't something I can really complain about as I'll have so much fun rereading the previous books while I wait for the next ones to release. My Hidden Legacy obsession hasn't dialled back even slightly with the change of narrators, in fact if anything it's grown even stronger.
I enjoyed the overall story and the planning for the wider arc, I loved revisiting all the Baylor extended family and I really liked Alessandro as the 'more than meets the eye' love interest. For fans, I think this will certainly satisfy in a revisit to Hidden Legacy Houston, but for new fans it stands alone and could happily be a first toe-in-the-water to the wonderful world of Ilona Andrews.
I am off to re-read!
The book is set 3 years after House Baylor was established and Catalina is now head of the House. She has been trained by Rogan’s mother for those last three years and she has learned a lot. She is more composed and certain of herself and she is more ruthless. Her vast intelligence has aided her in new role and she delegates better than Nevada ever did.
The other thing Catalina has spent the last three years learning, is more about her power. She has a much firmer grip on her ability, so it doesn’t escape by accident, and she has been honing her ability like a sharp blade to attain what she needs without permanently damaging anyone.
The story starts with a request to talk down a 15 year old boy, who is threatening to kill himself after learning his mother and sister are dead. When Catalina agrees to help find out who murdered his family she comes into contact with Alessandro once more. He’s the man she’s always had a huge crush since he aided in assessing her power when their House was established.
The combination of leading her House, helping her client and finding out whodunnit and spending time with someone she has feelings for, make for a very interesting plot. Things happen quickly and once again, I have to wait with baited breath for the next book.
Be still my heart! This was a fun one!
Fun and quirky with a plot that had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
I loved it.
Catalina is now 21 years old and the head of her house.
She's grown into her power and has become an outwardly confident character with a take-charge attitude who is absolutely determined to do what needs to be done to defend her family, her house, and her friends.
However, she retains deep insecurities about her power and the effect it has on other people and is remarkably vulnerable for one so powerful. My heart broke for her more than once throughout this novel and I imagine it'll continue to do so throughout the series.
She's such a likeable character that I just want her to be happy... But her burden is a heavy one so happiness isn't going to come easily!
I loved her reactions to Alessandro.
How she both wanted him and was scared to want him and I absolutely adored how he was immune to her power for more reasons than his own power cancelling hers out!
I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about Alessandro... But I need to know so much more!
Why does he do what he does for a 'living'? Why does he walk away at the end of this novel? What is he hiding?
More than anything, I need to know how he and Catalina can bridge the gap that opened at the end - because that's going to cause wounds - nevermind Catalina's bargain with her wicked grandmother!
Does all that sound cryptic? Good! Because if I say anything else it'll be too spoilery but all the questions need to be said because there are nothing but questions as far as Alessandro is concerned!
Sapphire Flames is a brilliant start to Catalina's trilogy and she stepped so far out of Nevada's shadow here that I didn't even miss the fact the Nevada and Rogan were in Europe so barely part of the story... That's how awesome Catalina was.
I'm so excited to see what comes next in this world!
If you've never dipped a toe into this world then Sapphire Flames would be a good place to start!
I found the early encounters with Alessandro a bit Mills & Boon, he's gorgeous, strong, talented, and reduces her to mush. He flashes a smile and expects her to toe the line. It improved as we learnt (a bit) more about him, and Catalina learnt to deal with him, and he does sort of redeem himself.
Ends with some plot lines tied off, others just unravelling, and lots more to come. A good read that would probably work without reading the previous 3 novels and novella, but why would you deny yourself that fun?
Alessandro completely came in as his own character, the story was exciting and so many hints (or what you think are hints of what to to come!) #conspiracytheories
Lastly, everyone else. It was so great to catch up with the family, their dynamics, their love and everyone else Bug, Heart, Matilda, etc...
I absolutely loved this book and have such a book handover right now...! Thank you House Andrews.
It is a dangerous time to be a Baylor with the house emerging from their three year grace period and allies need to be found and secured in order to ensure their survival as a house. Whether Catalina has chosen wisely remains to be seen and i'm curious to find out more about Alessandro's back story - which much like with Rogan and Nevada, I assume, will become apparent in the next book in the series.
I found the story line to be captivating and thoroughly enjoyable with some genuine laugh out loud moments. I really don't think you can go wrong with this book. Kudos to the Andrews - another hit for me - Can't wait for the next one!
I have now read the book twice and whilst I really wanted to like it and describe it as awesome, I couldn’t.
There were several issues with the book (please note there are spoilers ahead) :
Catalina and Alessandro are too perfect. This is boring as they don’t need anyone else and you don’t really feel as if they are in any danger or will fail at anything. No reason to engage emotionally.
The way Nevada was written out of the book was done badly. The character spent the first three books learning to work with others as well as developing her powers. We are now expected to believe that she has reverted back to her character in book 1, with no character development what so ever. Doesn’t work.
The story line is too similar to the first trilogy.
Not enough of the secondary characters.
Catalina became head of house because Nevada wouldn’t accept help yet at the end of the story Catalina doesn’t turn to her family for help when dealing with Augustine. Doesn’t work.
As I said I am a huge fan but for me this book fell flat. I am not sure I will buy the next one as having already read 2 books with Catalina in them, I find that I don’t really enjoy her character as much as I had hoped. Perhaps Arabella’s books will be better.