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3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  910 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
WARNING: This is a mature YA. Due to sexual content and some language it is not recommended for younger teens.

Seventeen-year-old succubus Lily Anderson can’t have a normal life: She isn't allowed a boyfriend, she has no friends, and school is just one mess-up after another.

Lily’s parents send her away to the prestigious Emerson Academy. It doesn’t appear to be any differen
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published November 28th 2011 by Valknut Press
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Jan 27, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, own
Oh, how I wanted to like this book. The premise was interesting enough (you don't see a lot of teenage succubi in YA literature these days). And, of course, it had all the hallmarks of a slightly schlocky but readable teen book: girl moves to a new school, wants to fit in but can't, meets the One Boy to Rule Them All, etc, etc. All of which I was on board with, until the plot line took a right turn straight into absurdity.

See, on top of Lily's "woe-is-me, I'm-a-beautiful-succubus," antics, her w
M. Kay
Sep 08, 2012 M. Kay rated it it was ok
Mesmerized was not the best example for my first book dealing with succubi. I knew that I should have avoided this one when I saw the ratings for it. I decided against my better judgement because I realize that everyone's taste is subjective, and maybe, just maybe this book was judged too harshly. The reality for me, Mesmerized was a huge disappointment.

The story, or rather the idea behind the story had promise. However, the execution fell short of, just fell short. Lily was not that i
Dec 12, 2011 Taschima marked it as to-read
Mature YA? Count me in ;)
Nov 25, 2012 Erica rated it did not like it
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Jessie Wilkens
Dec 16, 2012 Jessie Wilkens rated it did not like it
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Nora Villarreal
Jan 17, 2012 Nora Villarreal rated it it was ok
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Oct 06, 2012 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it did not like it
Wah wah wah, I'm a stunning succubus. Guys fall in love with me left and right and act like complete fools when I'm around. The premise of a succubus has been done brilliantly before, in Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues series. Yes, I know succubi are supposed to be beautiful and seductive, but Richelle Mead wrote about it in such a way as for the main character to be sympathetic, flawed, and eminently likeable. In this book, the main character comes off as a whining, whingeing sniveling bit of a ...more
Dec 22, 2011 Tara rated it it was ok
I'm rating this 2 stars b/c it's just like it say "it's OK" I wasn't moved by this book, I never got caught up in relationship of Lily and Jake, never felt like that was much of a friendship between, Hanna and Lily. Most stuff in this book seemed but move at an unreasonably fast pace, nothing felt rooted. I felt like the book had so much potential in reading the description, I just felt let down.
Feb 12, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
This book was really good! I'm a big romance fan so this book was one of my favorites. It reminded me of the quote "Love conquers all". I rated this book 5 stars and recommend it to every one! :)
Revati Ragini
Jan 19, 2012 Revati Ragini rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book. Honestly. The story itself was good - unlike anything I'd read so far. A succubus who hates her powers? Finding love and all the dramas of boarding school, a little action... sounded great to me. However...
It didn't read well. It sounded more like a series of events, the characters weren't hashed out properly, there wasn't enough development. How about some explanations of her feelings, especially the sexual side? You can't write a story about a teen succubus c
Crivac Maria Loredana
Sep 26, 2012 Crivac Maria Loredana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-covers
I received this book from author Julia Crane, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Julia.

"Mesmerized" is the first book with succubus that I read. I can tell you that I liked even more than I expected. It was an easy reading, but sometimes, emotional, managing to snatch a few tears.

I liked that although Lily is condemned to a difficult life because of her condition, and seems to be resigned with this, meets Jake, a simple human, but special than everyone else. From this meeting, Lily's wo
May 25, 2013 Abbie rated it it was ok
This was an okay read, but bored me in a few parts.

Lilly was an alright character. She was nice, and stuck up for herself.
Sometimes she really annoyed me though.

I get why she found guys being obsessed over her annoying, because they were basically following her around drooling, and were all over her. She got kisses forced onto her, and one guy even went as far as breaking into her room before she moved to Emerson Academy. Though, it really annoyed me how she kept on mentioning that. It was just
Melissa Maxwell
Feb 20, 2012 Melissa Maxwell rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the story line a lot. I was probably one of the more original ya I have read in a while. With that said the story was to fast paced, the story did not dwell on anything long enough to allow for an attachment to characters. They could have written it better and maybe drew out Lily and Jake's relationship better to make the reader believe that it was truly more than physical and and Teen love and not an everlasting love that the book clams there's is.

The book was written in third person
Angela Parker
Feb 09, 2012 Angela Parker rated it it was ok
Mesmerized started out really great. The main character- gorgeous but not pretentious, great character building, wonderful story line.

Not even half way through the book, it felt like a different writer took over. Maybe her 7th grade daughter. The relationship between the two main character happened so fast, and without any sort of explanation, then they run off together- mom thinks its fine.
The rest of the story/plot seemed rushed and shallow. It was really hard to finish this book. I wish Jul
Ruth Ann
Dec 15, 2012 Ruth Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
The book was ok. I really would have liked a more dramatic ending. I did enjoy the
Romance between Jake and Lily.
Oct 08, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it
Will add a review at a later date.
Nov 02, 2016 yukinoiro84 rated it did not like it
Absolute shite offence to the author I'm sure her other books are ok
Rain Jeys
Jan 29, 2013 Rain Jeys rated it liked it
Read this review on my blog!

I wanted to try a paranormal YA with more adult themes, and the cover, name and blurb were enticing, so I used some of my Christmas book money and ordered this one.

So we meet Lily, who is highly attractive and hates it. This aspect is done very well. The angst of being a succubus, hated by all females and desired by men for all the wrong reasons; Lily's struggle is well-executed. She meets her new roommate Hannah, an awkward gi
Charlotte (Bookmarks and Blogging)
When I first started this book I really wanted to like it. I was willing to look past the flawless main character and the fact that boys are constantly falling all over her (even though that's pretty much the plot) in order to truly appreciate the book. I don't have anything against supernatural characters, in fact I quite like them. What I don't like, however, is when they're beautiful and perfect and are overly-dramatic like 'oh no I'm a vampire/demon/whatever I'm so awkward everyone hates me ...more
Mar 26, 2013 Marie rated it did not like it
Ich hatte vorher in einem Kommentar gelesen 'ich habe wirklich versucht das Buch zu mögen, aber ...'.
Und mir ging es genauso.

Es geht um Lily, eine 16-jährige Succuba (wenn mein Latein mich hier nicht gerate verlässt ...). Das alleine klingt shcon spannend. Sie hat echt ihre Schwierigkeiten mit Jungs, die hinter ihr her sind. Außerdem darf sie keinen Jungen küssen, da sie ihm damit die Lebenskraft aussaugt und tötet. Aber statt die einfache Lösung zu suchen - eine Mädchenschule - schicken ihre El
Jul 10, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-paranormal
3.5 / 4 Stars

I'm a big fan of Julia Crane and I'm always game for reading another book she co-wrote. I do have to say that at first I wasn't a big fan of Lily's, but as the book progressed, I started to warm up to her and by the end liked her quite a bit. I can understand some of the initial feedback on the book since I too was kind of annoyed with her attitude towards the men's / boy's reactions to her. She is a succubus, they are supposed to react that way, but how she chooses to acknowledge i
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17-year-old Lily has been forced to change schools a lot in the last few years, all because she’s a succubus, and boys can’t help themselves around her.
This time Lily is being sent to a boarding school called Emerson Academy, but it seems the boys are no different, and they fall over themselves to get near her.

Jake is different though, and Lily has feelings for him that she has never experienced before.
Can Lily and Jake have a relationship when Li
Oct 29, 2012 Magdalena rated it did not like it
* Minimal spoilers*

This book sucked butt-_- The main character was a crying about something ALL the time! The author was clearly trying to portray her as a character who suffers a lot and is a complete loner even though she is beautiful blah blah blah... Aside from the annoying protagonist, this books over all plot was point less and unrealistic. Shit just happens for no reason and everything is good and dandy after just a couple moments of action! She basically almost kills a boy who had it co
Nov 18, 2012 Steffi rated it liked it
I got this book as a free download from

The book follows the 17 year old succubus Lily, who has problems with staying in school. To be honest she doesn't really make trouble the problem simply is that the boys at school are going crazy around her. Her parents send her to boarding school in order to try something new. Lily isn't happy about this new situation until she meets her new roommate with whom she gets along good. Later one she meets Jake who is the first boy who isn't acting lik
Feb 03, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok
The idea of this book is interesting. It's just that the execution is bad.

It's a quick read. There's not much to the plot or character development. The love story between the two main characters is kind of flimsy to me.

The thing that annoyed me was the narration. It really jumped from character to character between paragraphs, so much so that it was sometimes hard to figure out who you're following at that exact moment. You see things from the point of view of minor characters for a few senten
Heather andrews
Dec 29, 2012 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
At the beginning I truly felt sorry for Lily with all those boys chasing after her, but then we meet Jake someone who Lily can't hurt. I love the chemistry between the two of them, he's not a typical guy it's not all about the sex he actually really wants a relationship that isn't only about the physical side. "Believe me I'm attracted to you sexually," Jake said wryly. He gave her a crooked grin. "I've never wanted anyone so bad in my life. And I've been around for a long time." Truly I'm not s ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Bethaney rated it liked it
If you do want to read this book make sure you don't spend more than 5 bucks on it

! I feel like this book was too fast paced without an in depth characterization. This is truly the first book I have ever read and felt like it shouldn't even be a book but just a movie. If it were a movie it would be probably a heck of a lot better than what I spent money on. All the elements of a good story were present but they weren't executed at all. (view spoiler)
Esperanza Writes Too
Apr 06, 2012 Esperanza Writes Too rated it it was ok
Mmmm... How to say it? This book turned out in such a weird thing. It started great, I thought this book would be an amazing one, but then... nothing. No mistery, no adventure, everything ended so easy. I think a person that reads a book loves to seem like he's in the story, and it doesn't. There's a soft line between the reader and the characters, a line where you can't pass. I didn't hate any character, I didn't like anyone, it seems like... I haven't read it.
And I'm sad of this because this s
Sally Randazzo
Nov 15, 2012 Sally Randazzo rated it it was ok
The best thing about this book was the cover, after that it goes all down hill. The main character was annoying, and the way she fell in love with jake, was abrupt. It didn't flow right, and there wasn't enough character development. Also the story is supposed to be about a succubus, yet it was very innocent. There wasn't anything to let you know what the main characters thinking was on it, she just went from being a virgin who barely even had a first kiss to trying to jump the poor kid like som ...more
Zori De Vara Holgate
Did you know that Succumbi are amazingly-stunning female creatures who have toxins that fall off their aroma used to manipulate and/or control men to yeild at their beck and call? These toxins also inebriate men's senses to know when/how to stop themselves from acting like horny idiots towards Succumbi.

For this young Succumbus, having these powers are difficult to even walk through the hall without getting mind-raped or attacked by guys. She truly has a difficult life and time getting a normalcy
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Julia crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.
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