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Got my copy of Succubus Revealed

Posted in Books, Fantasy, Romance with tags on October 4, 2011 by Cara Marie

Final book in the series! It’s nice to have such a definitive ending. And I wasn’t expecting the big reveal, though everything was leading to it. I feel a bit like I was tricked into it … if you described the arc of the series as a whole, it’s not something I would pick up. But it was disguised, because each book is its own mystery. You don’t realise the whole thing is a romance.

But it was most satisfying (I may have cried a little). I’m glad Georgina got her happy ending.

In continuing series…

Posted in Action/adventure, Books, Fantasy, Middle fiction, Short stories with tags , , , on April 3, 2011 by Cara Marie

Now that I am off work for a few weeks, I have time to read more books! Some short thoughts on the latest reading:

Scorpia Rising – Anthony Horowitz

The latest (and last) Alex Rider book was a disappointment. Snakehead was emotionally and narratively gripping; Scorpia Rising needed to be way tighter, and I felt rather disconnected throughout it. I don’t think not having your protagonist show up for over 150 pages is a good start.

There were a few moments were I felt, yes, this is why I love these books! But they were rather far between.

Tortall and Other Lands – Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce’s short fiction is diverting, but not satisfying in the way that her novels are. I read Pierce mostly for the school story aspect, and you can’t really get that out a short story. I think my favourite in this collection was ‘Student of Ostriches’, which I’d actually read before, where a young girl teaches herself to fight by imitating the prairie animals, and uses those skills to defend her family’s honour. Generally, I liked the ones that didn’t deal with characters we already know – the ones featuring Nawat and Kitten felt unnecessary, skippable.

Succubus Heat – Richelle Mead

I raced through this. I’m enjoying this series so much; I have basically no critical thoughts about them. I am all, omigosh, about every new revelation, and my reactions are purely emotional.

This book shows that, even without her powers, Georgina is an awesome lady who spreads joy and brings out the best in people ♥ I mean that in a nice way. I really do hope for the best for her.

Except it turns out I am very disapproving of infidelity in books. Not that it’s being condoned, but! Stop being unfaithful, people! Here’s hoping the ending indicates a new, snark-filled direction in Georgina’s love-life. I’m not even in it for the love-life! I’m in it for the mythology and the mysteries, and for Georgina. I do think the mysteries are getting stronger as these books go along, and I love Georgina’s determination to get to the bottom of things. So stop being a distraction, men!

Four books in, my pleasure in this series has not dimmed. Looking forward to my copy of Succubus Shadows arriving soon.

Succubus Blues and Succubus Nights – Richelle Mead

Posted in Books, Fantasy with tags on January 19, 2011 by Cara Marie

The Georgia Kincaid books are an urban fantasy series by Richelle Mead, based around the adventures of a succubus living in Seattle. I read the first two, Succubus Blues and Succubus Nights, recently, and they’re good fun. Georgia is an easy person to like: reluctant about her role corrupting mortal men, sure, but enthusiastic about life and not jaded by her immortality. And I love the world-building, which feels designed to my exact interests.

Both books are based around a mystery, but that element is a lesser part of the second book, and I think the stronger for it. The ‘whodunnit’ is easy in both cases (frustratingly so in the first, because, though it’s structurally obvious, Georgia can’t see it at all), but there are still surprises as to the why and how. There is a certain amount of ‘we’re not going to tell you things for your own good’, but there’s enough going on in the rest of the book that it doesn’t get too annoying.

My favourite part of the second book isn’t the mystery at all, except inasmuch as it allows Georgia to shine at her ‘day job’ at the bookstore. Her work is made just as interesting as the supernatural elements, and a clear distinction can be drawn between Georgia’s passion for the book trade and how tired she is of being a succubus – her reactions to successes in both say it all!

The books do show awareness of their own genre – a longtime friend of Georgia’s does point out in Succubus Nights that Georgia doesn’t have many female friends, and maybe she should think about why that is. And Georgia does go on to develop such a friendship – albeit under a different persona – which is particularly satisfying for the way Georgia is able to encourage the woman in her own accomplishments.

As well, while in Succubus Blues the next-most-important female character is someone Georgia hates, their conflict is one of personality – Helena runs a new-age bookstore, and Georgia thinks she’s a flake. And Georgia does end up getting a couple of Helena’s female employees better jobs, so it’s not all adverserial.

There is a lot of sex in these books, all of which, excepting the lesbian sex scene, is explicit. It seems kind of unfair that the lesbian sex gets a fade-to-black when we’ve had pretty detailed accounts of the sex Georgia has with men in equivalent situations (that is, in her role as succubus rather than out of her own desire). At any rate, most of the sex is, alas, pretty skimmable.

I haven’t mentioned the romantic parts of these books at all: probably because, while it’s interesting and important for Georgia’s character, it’s not the main appeal for me. Georgia herself is the main attraction: her vim and personality, her ability to connect with people and get things done. Provided the angst stays on the down-low, I’ll be happy to stick with her for the rest of the series.