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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  859 ratings  ·  85 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 30, 2012 Kate rated it 2 of 5 stars
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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
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
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Nora Villarreal
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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
Taschima Cullen
Dec 12, 2011 Taschima Cullen marked it as to-read
Mature YA? Count me in ;)
Jessie Wilkens
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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.
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
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
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
Crivac Maria Loredana
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
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
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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
Melissa Maxwell
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
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
The book was ok. I really would have liked a more dramatic ending. I did enjoy the
Romance between Jake and Lily.
Will add a review at a later date.
I am a big fan of Julia Crane but this is the first co-write I have read of hers. This books was great. Amazing. Awesome. A wonderful book through and through. This is one I will be biting my nails for waiting on the next book. Everything played out perfectly in this book. Never a dull moment and always keeping me on my toes trying to figure out what next. A definite page turner that had me glued from the first page. Loved this book. Lily and Jake are a couple I will be looking forward to readin ...more
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
Rain Jeys
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
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
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
I think this book had a good plot but I feel like it was much too rushed. Even though lots of characters fall for each other in really short periods of time, Lily and Jake went from knowing nothing about each other to being the most important ant things in each other's lives. It just felt really unnatural. The problem Jake has with his hunters is just thrown into the mix. It was awkward. I think this book would have a lot better if there was more detail throughout.
Such a pretty cover, such a disappointing book

Her parents had given her the necklace four years ago, on her thirteenth birthday—when her world had come crashing down... “I know this will be hard to believe. But there is no easy way to tell you. Lily, you’re a succubus." ...

Everything is explained in the second chapter, it's pretty much what the chapter is dedicated too. There was no unlocking the mystery slowly just kind of jumped straight in...
Marilyn Ortega
I am huge Julia Crane fan, let me start by saying so, I was given the Arc for an honest review.
I found Mesmerized to be a cute read, yes it was steamy and had a good plot. I fell in love with Lily her main character, and Jake. Although I would have loved for her other characters like Hannah, to have gotten more recognition along with some other characters in this story, over all I did not hate it, I quite enjoyed it,
Well. I found it interesting that I thought there was a love triangle between the guy, the girl and all the other guys who love this girl. HMMMM.. I really don't know much, but when she sucks the life out of you. That poses a problem. So stop kissing her. Stupid boys. So, yes, indeed. I would just leave. But then again, this wasn't actually thaaat bad. I didn't like the way she was so self centred. I like Hannah best.
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
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
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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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