Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Review: Succubus Heat - Richelle Mead
...which should be a good thing. But lately, thanks to her foul mood over breaking up with bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, she's been so wicked that Seattle's uber-demon Jerome, decides to "outsource" Georgina to a rival - and have her spy for him in the process.
Being exiled to the frozen north - okay, Vancouver - and leaving Seth in the cozy clutches of his new girlfriend is unpleasant enough. Then Jerome is kidnapped, and all immortals under his control mysteriously lose their powers. One bright spot: with her life-sucking ability gone, there's nothing to keep Georgina from getting down and dirty with Seth - nothing apart from his girlfriend that is. Now, as the supernatural population starts turning on itself, a newly mortal Georgina must rescue her boss and figure out who's been playing them - or all hell will break lose...
Georgina Kincaid Series:
Succubus Nights (Called Succubus on Top in the US)
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This is the 4th book in the Georgina Kincaid series & continues the story several months after the end of Succubus Dreams. While my review won't give you any spoilers for this book I can't help but give information about the previous books so if you're new to the series please don't read any further. I'd highly recommend checking this series out though - so please check out book 1 Succubus Blues.
At the end of Succubus Dreams Georgina was left devistated by her break up with the love of her life Seth. The beginning of Succubus Heat focuses on how she deals with this. She is hurting and angry at the world and has been on a fast downward spiral into depression. She no longer cares about stealing men's life force - in fact she revels in it - and her anger has changed her character completely. She is pushing away her friends and her bad attitude has really annoyed her boss Jerome.
Jerome decides he needs a break from Georgina so when another demon requests his help he is happy to send Georgina to deal with it. A satanic cult in Vancouver is doing more damage to the cause of evil. The stunts they are pulling are giving the church more publicity and they need to be stopped. Georgina is tasked with infiltrating the cult & stopping them - whatever the cost.
While Georgina is busy in Vancouver Jerome mysteriously disappears & suddenly all the lesser mortals find themselves without their abilities. The vampires Peter & Cody are able to walk in the sun, Imp Hugh can't see mortal's souls and Georgina can't shape-shift and doesn't need to steal human life force to survive. While they are worried that they may no longer be immortal this does have it's advantages - she no longer has to worry about not being able to sleep with Seth. Of course he is still dating Georgina's friend Maddy so there are still complications.
With Jerome missing other demons are all fighting over who will get his job which is a major cause of worry for Georgina & their friends. They don't want to be stuck with a new boss - after all they're better off with the devil they know - so they have to find Jerome before someone else is given his position. Without her immortal powers it isn't going to be easy to locate Jerome - especially when she has no idea who is behind the plot to overthrow him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - you still have the great mix of characters that I love so much, we also have some new introductions & the appearance of some old faces. The plot is fast paced - particularly in the second half of the book & I really had trouble putting the book down. If you're a fan of the series I'm sure you'll love this installment and I'm really looking forward to finding out what happens next.
Sweet Vernal Zephyr
I'd So Rather Be Reading
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