Monday, April 5, 2010

Review: Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus Shadows
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: 3/30/2010
Publisher: Kensington
Number of pages:  281

  • ISBN-10: 0758232004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758232007

WARNING: Spoilers for the first 4 books in this series below!

Description from Goodreads:

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.

And if that wasn't bad enough, she's started having dreams shadowy, dangerous but alluring dreams, dreams that don't want to let go. These dreams are created by the Oneroi, demons in the service of Nyx, a creature from Hell who's bent on revenge. These are dreams that can trap their chosen victim and drain their powers through nightmares. This mysterious force that’s visiting her thoughts, is trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she’ll be too weak to resist. And Georgina is powerless as she watches those in the real world try to find her, she comes to understand that her freedom her fate lies in the hands of the only one who can find her soul, who just happens to be the man who s about to marry someone else. She’ll discover who she can trust, who she can’t—and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity…
My thoughts:
This is the fifth book in the Georgina Kincaid series and it did not disappoint. Let me start by saying I’m so happy to see Roman return. I know he’s bad but I can’t help but love him. I’m still rooting for Carter as the man Georgina will end up with. Unlikely I know but I can hope right?

Succubus Shadows contained lots and lots of Georgie flashbacks in the form of dreams. I think this book really helped me to understand where Richelle Mead is going with this series but also left me with many unanswered questions. Why is Carter so invested in Georgina’s life? What is up with the bond between Seth and Georgina? Why is Jerome obsessed with John Cusack ;) Ok I’ll be serious now and try to give my opinion on this book without giving too much away. It’s going to be hard because I have so many theories and ideas about what is happening bouncing around in my head.

It’s disheartening to see how long Georgina has struggled with her role as succubus. She is quite the romantic at heart. Not a characteristic that normally goes hand in hand with someone who seduces men and steals their life force for a living. Her whole reason for becoming a succubus was so altruistic it doesn’t seem fair she will spend an eternity as one of hell’s minions. Yes, I’m aware that her poor choices led to her becoming a succubus but how many of us would sign our souls over to hell in order to fix something that hurt the ones we love?

From the flashbacks in this installment it really shows how Georgina seems to be reliving a recurring cycle so to speak. Continually being drawn to artsy (coincidence?) men that she can’t be with for one reason or another. She has definitely experienced more than her share of heartbreak over the course of her immortal life.

This book was definitely a fabulous addition to the Georgina Kincaid series. I can’t believe there will only be one more book in this series and that we have to wait an entire year for it to be published. Waiting sucks!

Succubus Shadows also featured the first chapter of the third book in Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series, Iron Crowned.
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