Sunday, 31 May 2009

Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead

"Georgina Kincaid has been a bad, bad succubus…

…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 über-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 cosy 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 loose…"

The fourth in the Georgina Kincaid series picks up a few months after the events of Succubus Dreams. Right from the start Georgina isn't herself, she's being a ... well, she's not nice. She's full of pain, anger, self pity and it's not pleasant. She's outraged to have her friends look out for her, telling her the truth about her attitude and what they really think of her boyfriend Dante too, and her boss has had enough. You already know from the back cover that her boss, Jerome, ends up disappearing and Georgie loses her powers as a result, but this doesn't actually happen until you're about a third of the way through the book. Up until that point, it's mostly about Georgina being mad at Seth, pining for him, and being furious with Jerome for sending her away. After, it's a combination of her trying to find Jerome, trying to stay away from Seth and feeling a little guilty about it cause he's her best friends boyfriend so she shouldn't even be thinking about him like that. Oh, and the hope that her semi-human state could possibly mean she can finally get pregnant.

The plot is tight, there aren't any real holes in it and there are a few good twists. But this book, to me, isn't as good as the previous one. Georgina seems to spend more time talking or trying to untwist her feelings for Seth, more than anything else, and she's not the easiest person to like in the process either. There are still a couple of good funny moments, but nothing on the previous books. And although I found myself happy to sit and read it for long periods, it wasn't very hard to put down. It didn't seem to have the same pace and energy of previous books. A good read, but I didn't love it. It seemed to be more of a filler book, dealing with the results of Succubus Dreams (Seth) and the return of certain characters more than anything else. There is a preview of the next in the series, Succubus Shadows, in the back (UK version at least, no idea about it anywhere else) and that had me wanting more, much more so than the ending of this book itself.

Overall, I'd give it 3, maybe 3.5 stars. A good, solid read, much better than some UF out there, but it didn't, in my opinion, show Ms. Mead's full talent.

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