A Note:

6/2/13

I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles.

https://twitter.com/Book_Faery

And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3322973-tori-book-faery

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)

xoxo
Tori

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead


Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers.  Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals--all child's play to a succubus like her.

Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse--that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina's roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there's Simone, the new succubus in town, who's intent on corrupting Seth.

But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that's visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she'll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she'll discover who she can trust, who she can't--and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity.

Obtained: Bought
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Georgina Kincaid
1.  Succubus Blues (review coming soon)
2.  Succubus on Top (review coming soon)
3.  Succubus Dreams (review coming soon)
4.  Succubus Heat (review coming soon)
5.  Succubus Shadows
My Rating:
A slow start, but once this book picks up pace, you can't put it down.  I read it in one sitting and still craved for more!

Story:
Georgina doesn't seem to get a break.  After dealing with numerous life threatening events--in not even a year--our favorite succubus has a new problem: planning a marriage.  But this isn't just any marriage, mind you.  This is a marriage that she secretly wishes would not transpire.

It doesn't end there, though.  She's now being stalked by a mysterious "siren's song."  This strange presence only seems to approach her when she's at her lowest, and provides a sense of escape from her depression with promises of warmth and support.  Yet, even with this aura attempting to lure her through some sort of dimensional gate, Georgina's wary.  For good reason.

My Opinion:
Initially, I thought that Richelle was losing her touch because the start to Succubus Shadows was too slow for my tastes. It seemed as if it was the same issues we saw Georgina struggling with in the last book--Seth proposing to another woman coupled with her inability to cope--were being overdone.  But once you get past the slow start, the new direction taken is redeemed in my eyes.

Powerful doesn't give this book justice.  Georgina's struggles (emotional and moral) are not only believable but also moving.  I even found myself empathizing with the the poor immortal suffering from depression.  If you had to deal with all the paranormal issues she dealt with, and witness the person you were madly in love with parading around with their new significant other, I'm pretty sure you'd be feeling pretty bummed out too.  I know I'd be ready to demand a vacation.

With that said, I may be the only one, but I'm not a huge fan of Seth anymore.  I don't want to see Georgina's life keep going "in circles"--which is something readers are shown through a series of dreams from Georgie's past.  I want to see her embrace her life, even if embracing said life means attempting a relationship with another immortal.  Maybe someone like... Roman!

The cliffhanger Mead ends Succubus Shadows with made me want to scream.  Not out of frustration, but simply because I want to know why.  I have my suspicions now about Seth, but I think I'm looking too into the text, when in actuality, the answer could be simpler.

If you've read the first four Georgina Kincaid books, then you will not want to miss out on Succubus Shadows.  You will not be disappointed--and if you're like me, you'll be dying for the next book.



4 comments:

  1. A friend of mine loves this series... and you just kinged her checker piece, lmbo!!! In another words, your review rrreeaally makes me want to see what this series is all about! Okay. okay... next trip, I will try to pick up book one!!!

    Great review honey!

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  2. I looked at your final grade but didn't read your review b/c I haven't picked up the book yet and it's killing me *whiny font*!!!!

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  3. Cecile, hey there! I highly suggest that you do start reading this series :) Word of warning: there's not a lot of sex--I initially thought there would be...since it IS a story about a succubus. However, the few scenes there are... wowza!

    Hi Patti! Thanks for stopping by :)
    You're safe to read my review. I try to be as vague as I can, while also addressing certain points. If I ever write about a spoiler in a review, I'll have a HUGE warning at the top. And then maybe 5 more throughout the review ;)

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  4. Great review!

    I've only read the first 2 Succubus books but couldn't resist reading your review :-)

    I loved the first book, but I didn't like the second one as much.

    I didn't really warm to Seth's character & I'm glad you mentioned that Roman is her flatmate - I'm hoping he's still plays a big part in the books!

    I can't wait to read your reviews on Succubus Dreams & Succubus Heat too!

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