Incubus (Fairwick Chronicles #1)
Dr. Callie McFay travels to the small college town of Fairwick in New York State for a job interview. Despite it being her second choice she finds herself talked into accepting a job offer from the Folklore Department to teach a class on demons and vampires. She also finds herself drawn to an old house in the wo...more
For the last month, I've been working my way through the ridiculous number of NetGalley titles I downloaded in a big frenzy once I remembered I had an account there. Of course I started with the stuff I knew was in my wheelhouse, to very good results. So time to start in on the goofier stuff! I'm generally not looking for taxing on my Sunday on the couch reads (or Sunday on the back porch, in more clement weather), and I figured something called The Demon Lover with tha...more
I am a bit shocked that I really liked this book, I was certain for no apparent reason that it would be a let down, probably due to the fact that I have grown weary to pnr novels. But this one turned to lean more to the UF side and the romance, though it played an integral part to the plot wasn't its linchpin. So I was pleasantly surprised by the worldbuilding with the reach folkrore, the haunted imagery ( I have a thing for forests and magic passages eversince I was a kid and read the Cronicle...more
Even though I was never bored, once my surprise at it being an adult book wore off I started to wonder where the plot was...more
Callie McFay has taken a job teaching at Fairwick College that she wasn’t sure she wanted in the first place, and has bought an old Victorian house that her instincts are screaming for her to stay away from. Something has drawn her to become a part of the community that is not what it appears to be at first glance. Just when she feels she is settling in, Callie is visited by a demon lover that is determined to suck the life...more
I lost four days of my life with this story (I'm stubborn), so..excuse me some ramblings.
I'm sorry, but this was one of the most boring books i've ever read!!
What happened here?
Where was the story of the demon lover?
Where was the romance?
Where was the intensity?
Each night I woke—or thought I awoke—to a moonlit room. The shadows reached for me and swelled into the dark lover. I’d feel his weight on my chest and then, just when I thought I’d suffocate, he’d press his lips to mine and blow...more
Callie McFay is a young lady who is just venturing out into the world after having finished her Ph.D. She has had her first book published, which was a continuation of her thesis on Demon Lovers, and is now looking for work in a university whilst she writes her next book. I guess I am not spoiling anything when I tell you that she ends up working at Fairwick College which is “a second tier college with a second rate staff” according to Grandma Adelaid...more
The overview of this no...more
Juliet Dare writes this story in the first person; it flows nicely, easy to read and is well written. This seems to be her first...more
What initially drew me in to The Demon Lover was it's gorgeous cover. I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover... but I have a bad habit of doing this. I briefly skimmed the summary, found it was to my interest, and requested it on NetGalley.
I was pleasantly surprised by The Demon Lover's story. As I mentioned, I had really only skimmed the summary of the book, so a lot of the book's content was dif...more
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When Callie decides to take the job she is offered in Fairwick, little does she know just how much her life will change. She is amazed at their folklore department, and the library at the college is more than she could ever dream of.
At one point, I swore up and down that the author was from New Orleans, or had an obsession with New Orleans because of two very vague, left-field sentences in the entire book. One of them wasn't quite vague, but unless you had gone through it, you wouldn't really get the true reference. The second one had me scratching my head and running to my computer, insisting that she had to be a N...more
First off, the book was so long. I don’t know how long it was, because it was on my kindle, but it FELT so long! It seemed to drag on forever!
The plot was so strange. There were too many subplots, so many things going on, that it was hard to follow along. The MAIN plot, about a woman being stalked by a demon-incubus, that was cool. but that wasn’t all. Even the part about the school being home to fairies, demons, witches,...more
First, the cover...
Absolutely beautiful. I love the gothic romance favored art. I spend a lot of time browsing places like deviantART just because of it. So once I seen a cover teasing me with that sort of eye candy, of course I had to have it.
Second, the book itself . . .
This is probably the most difficult review I have written in a very long time. A writer myself, I haven't picked up a book just to read it, in a very long time. Classics tempt me-- having a...more
The beginning is the best part. Before everyone becomes a witch or a fairy o...more
The protagonist, Callie, had an interesting background story, but didn't really feel fleshed out to me. She described her past and her family/bf with a kind of surgical indifference, like she was retelling a story of someone else's life, not her own. (view spoiler)[When she discovers that she's a witch/faerie, she takes the news in stride, no bi...more
The reader starts out imagining the seductive powers of the demon lover, who has the physical capability of a solid enitity (nudge nudge, wink wink)and yet in reality is barely a wisp and breath of a shadow. That guilty excitem...more
The Demon Lover somewhat slow and has a plot that is not quit clear. The incubus is banished f...more
I received this via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I don't gush and give false praise – I don't believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.
Having reviewed and been transfixed by the magic in the second book The Water Witch I just had to read the first novel. I was lucky enough to be supplied with a copy via Netgalley and eagerly rushed in to the beginning of the story. Callie is a teaching prof...more
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I picked up the Demon Lover, written by Carol Goodman under the pseudonym of Juliet Dark, interested in a town full of magical beings, being a lover of paranormal beings. The introduction shied me away from reading the book, but in the end my love for the paranormal and the fantastic cover pushed me into reading it.
This book took a while to get into. I wasn't all too interested in reading about the circumstances...more
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What come once here will never come again,
no matter monument nor memory;
all sunwarmed green succumbs to winter's wind.
And you, my love, were also my best friend,
and had your life to live. The tragedy
was not just my youth's recklessness, although
I trusted much to impulse, whim, freedom,
a destiny excluding doom. Frankly,
youth can be our insanity. But now I'm cured
of that fever, although the price was high;
and chilly April wind can only sigh
at my regrets, yet sun will brighten wind so,
one knows that soon green stirs, and wild bees hum.
And summer once more will make winter liar,
but I won't warm. You're all I'll ever desire.”