Succubus Blues

Succubus On Top

 
Succubus Dreams
by Richelle Mead
(Kensington, $15.00, R) ISBN 978-0-758-21643-4
*****
Richelle Mead's Succubus series is unquestionably fascinating, touching on aspects rarely considered even in this day of paranormal fiction popularity, but in Succubus Dreams, she has even outdone her own self. Succubus Dreams is more organized, more original, more humorous, and more poignant than any of the books about Georgina Kincaid that have come before it. I couldn't put it down – which, with a one-year-old in the house, can be a hazardous thing.

Georgie figures she's been through enough over the last year, and that it's time to dig in and smooth out some of the issues with her and Seth's relationship. Of course, they still have to avoid sexual contact (she doesn't want to suck the life force out of her boyfriend, after all), but that's slid back to the back burner. Hasn't it?  However, when odd dreams involving a non-existent daughter and "Sweet Home Alabama" start draining Georgina of her strength, the strain between the succubus and her human lover rises to new levels. To top that off, Georgie's nemesis, Niphon, the nymph who bought her soul for Hell, is in town with a novice succubus that he expects her to train – and he's hanging around until Tawny makes her first conquest.

Angels are hanging out at her house, imps are trying to bargain for her boyfriend's soul, and the dream analyzer she's using deals in cons and black magick. None of this is helping her out with the two big problems: where is her energy going, and how will she and Seth overcome the very basic difference between a human and an immortal scion of Hell?

Since the beginning, Georgie has been a seductive character, even without the succubus abilities. For me, as with her friends, her relationship with Seth seems self-destructive. However, the reader – no matter your opinion of the human-succubus relationship – will experience every pang Georgie suffers throughout this novel as she tries and tests different means of making it work. Delving further into Georgina's history will also enchant, as well as give you a better feel for the Georgie with which we're familiar. Watching her watch another doomed relationship is a lesson unto itself, and her untold yearnings for a child will touch many hearts.

Though her friends and fellow minions play a smaller role in this book, they are nonetheless very present throughout the story to add to the occasional hilarity or the more occasional butt-chewing. The handful of new characters blend in very well, and though there is an abundance of characters, the point of view remains strictly first-person, and each individual is pretty hard to confuse or forget.

I suppose it could be chalked up to pregnancy hormones, but I found Succubus Dreams to be an exciting and fun tearjerker, if ever there was such a thing. For fans of Mead, this book is a must, and first timers will find themselves just as intrigued as the others.

--Sarrah Knight


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