Thursday, October 6, 2011

Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus Shadows
Author: Richelle Mead
My Rating: A

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Georgina Kincaid #5
Main Characters: Georgina & Seth

Release Date: April 2010
ISBN: 978-

Publisher: Kensington
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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. . 

My Review:
This was a GOOD book! I felt like this book showed a LOT of character development and maturity for Georgina. She spends about 20% of this book trapped in a hell of dreams where she can't tell what is real or lies. Everything in this time comes to her as dreams. Some of the dreams are dreams of her past, some are dreams of events that are happening while she has disappeared, and some are dreams of things that are being made-up. The madness comes in that she can't tell which is which over's a slow torture. It gives you, as the reader, a really good insight to the cycle of life that she has lived over the last 1500 years. The torture along with a couple of other unhappy events in this book, seem to really help to focus her with what is important.

While Georgina has a spurt of growth in this book, Seth has the opposite result. After being faced with Georgina's torture, he starts to question everything that he has ever believed and has a bit of a downward spiral in his personal development. This is not necessarily a good book for the two of them and their relationship...overall.

What this book does have going for it is an incredible story line, especially in regards to several of the other characters. I LOVED Roman in this book. He truly cares for Georgina and they have several moments in this book that are just so sweet. My heart aches for him (much like Georgina's does) in that his love isn't returned, because he really is a good guy, who has simply had a rotten life. Another interesting character that still puzzles me in this book is Jerome. He truly is frantic when Georgina disappears and it is never really apparent as to why. I like to think that it's because he truly cares for her too, but later actions don't show those same feelings. It may just be that, as a demon, he is very possessive of his people and he can't accept that she has been stolen from him. While I never was clear what brought on his panic about her, I thought that it added an interesting dimension to him. Again, 4 year old Kayla had some stunning insights into this book...I really love what she adds to the story especially when she sees through the fake Georgina.

My only real issue with this book was that there didn't seem to be any longterm effects for Georgina from her torture. She was mentally tortured for a long time, and once she was freed, she went on like nothing happened. I know that she really never had time to deal with it with everything that happened next, but it just seemed somewhat abrupt to never have any repercussions from that time.

This is definitely a book of transition, but once again, the quality of writing is just astounding. There is a LOT going on in this book, but it is written in such a way that it keeps you at the edge of your seat and turning that page.

The ending of the book is shocking, somewhat anyway. I had a vague idea of what was coming, but it definitely gave away where book #6, the final book, is going with the story line.

1 comment:

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

Such great reviews Christi! I'm glad that overall you've really enjoyed this series! I've heard a few other people talk about this series but not many and with you're reviews I do think I'm going to check out book one. I'm happy that book one seems to be your favorite so far and that's unique with some series since book one is normally the world building/background information. I also LOVE these covers! They just really pop out to you and catch the eye. :-)