Like many other people, I wanted to read this to see what the fuss was all about. I found it to be surprisingly badly written with the author repeatin...moreLike many other people, I wanted to read this to see what the fuss was all about. I found it to be surprisingly badly written with the author repeating himself and dragging scenes out with random descriptions. Not sure what to do. I believe the series gets better but might just leave it. (less)
I've not had much luck with the libraries in Bexley, which is the area I live in. I used to go to the library next door to where I work but it is closed for a year for refurbishments. Anyway, I wasn't able to find the next Horowitz or Nix books at the library and decided to check out Richelle Mead, author of the Vampire Academy series. All I could find, though, was Succubus Nights which is the second book in Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series.
I decided to give it a try but I didn’t really hold any hopes of it being any good. I have figured out that I’m not really into vampire stories (strange that, given that I have a blood phobia) and it did seem a bit… trashy.
Well, I am happy to say that I was definitely wrong. I had only read twenty pages in when I felt invested enough in the story and the characters to want to read the first book, Succubus Blues and so I ordered it through eBay.
Part of the reason that I enjoyed this series so much is that it is not a simple vampire story. In fact, while there are vampires in the story, their nature plays a very small part in the storylines of both books. The world of the Georgina Kincaid books is one where creatures of darkness, such as vampires, incubi, succubi, imps and other lessor immortals are all managed in a great bureaucracy by demons or greater immortals. Georgina’s particular ‘coven’ is joined by a sardonic, self-righteous angel although thankfully, they are not joined by any of the other creatures of good.
The books are funny and the characters are really well-written and totally likeable. These are not children’s books so keep that in mind; in fact, a succubus is a creature of the night that seduces men in order to steal their souls. There is a lot of sex in these books but I must say, I really enjoyed the scenes and thought they were well done.
Both books have a murder-mystery feel to them. Succubus Blues revolves around the murder of several lesser-immortals and Georgina has to figure out who is doing the killing and Succubus Nights has Georgina trying to figure out where her mortal friends suddenly got their superhuman abilities from.
One of my favourite parts of the books is that Georgina works in a bookstore and much of the story takes place in the store. A major character is Seth Mortensen, a famous writer and it is great to see Mead’s insight into the writing process and the life of a writer as she describes what Seth goes through to get a book finished. I imagine she is describing her own process and it is fascinating to read – in fact, it reminds me of what I was like when I used to write essays at university.
Richelle Mead has a website and a LiveJournal and she seems so down to earth and accessible. It is a huge contrast to how full of crap JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer are, that’s for sure. I’m probably going to finish this series of hers and then I’ll move on to her Vampire Academy and Dark Swan series.
I give both books four out of five stars. They are not high literature and definitely have a chick-lit, trashy feel to them but I really enjoyed them. These are also the first ‘urban fantasy’ books I have read and I might expand on the genre.
Full Moon Rising is the first book in the Riley Jenson series by Australian author Keri Arthur. This is an urban fantasy set in Melbourne featuring Riley Jenson, a werewolf/vampire hybrid, and a host of other vampires, werewolves and other creatures. This is not a young adult book by any measure and is suitable for adults only.
I’ve found it hard to rate this book because I kept having to restart the book and figure out what had happened before. There could be two possible reasons for this. The first is that I took out several “urban fantasy” books from the library (including the dreadful Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton) and I didn’t like any of them except for this one. I was still waiting for the third instalment in the Georgina Kincaid series at that stage. So I had started about three other books without finishing them and was starting to get confused.
The other possible reason is that there was so much action in the book and the characters are rushing about exploring so many leads in their investigation that I just got lost at times. There are also quite a few racy scenes which were great but also added to the distraction after a while. I had to wonder if they were all necessary or if they were adding to the story.
In the end though, I did enjoy the book and I found Riley to be a really likeable character. The fact that the story is set in Australia also gives the story a cool, unique twist and I enjoyed reading the book with an Aussie accent in mind.
I’ll definitely read the next book in the series and I might look into Keri Arthur’s other series too. The Spook Squad series in particular looks good.
Given my positive overall experience but taking into account my being lost for most of the book, I give it three-and-a-half stars but I do think it will get better as the series progresses, as we get to know the characters and as the author settles into her style.
This is the third book in Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series about a succubus and her posse of immortal friends and colleagues. In Succubus Dream...moreThis is the third book in Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series about a succubus and her posse of immortal friends and colleagues. In Succubus Dreams, Georgina has to contend with a new succubus in town and not only does she have to mentor this particularly useless new recruit, she also has to figure out why the angel mafia is in town and who or what is sucking her succubus energy out of her body during her dreams.
Mead continues her character development in this book and manages to escape the trap of falling into comfortable and familiar stories and patterns in this third installment. I really enjoyed this book and as usual, my favourite characters were the jaded and sardonic angels and we were treated to a whole gang of them this time! What is the collective noun for a gang of angels anyway?
I wouldn' say this is my favourite book in the series so far. That might be because I didn't like the ending but that fact makes me respect Mead for delivering an ending that people aren't necessarily going to like. Also, I think it is that I specifically liked the Nephilim mythology in the first novel and so that will always be my favourite in the series.
This was a competent third novel in the series and it makes me look forward to the next instalment ub the series. In the mentime, I've started reading Mead's young adult novel Vampire Academy. It is okay so far but I am not yet finding it as engaging as the Georgina Kincaid series.
For keeping me delighted after the third book, I give this one four stars. It loses a star because the ending was sad but that also paves the way for a higher rating of the next book.
I gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5 (when is Goodreads going to allow half stars???) I enjoyed reading this book and started off by reading the bad re...moreI gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5 (when is Goodreads going to allow half stars???) I enjoyed reading this book and started off by reading the bad reviews so I knew what to expect, but I found that it lacking in some parts.
From my review: "The whole storyline centred on Kate's mother, her illness, their relationship, her impending death and Kate’s reactions to that was extremely well-written. I absolutely identified with Kate’s emotions and her need to bargain, and I found that it was entirely believable. A lot of the book is dedicated to the relationship that Kate continues with her mother while she is in the Underworld and it takes place in her dreams, in Central Park. These dreamy, surreal sequences were full of symbolism and meaning and were quite fascinating.
There was, however, one aspect of the story that I didn’t quite understand. I could not figure out how Kate went from feeling like a prisoner and not exactly liking Henry to suddenly becoming hell-bent on saving him from himself. In many ways, the development of the romance between Henry and Kate was nowhere as well-written as the relationship between Kate and her mother.
The actual tests were extremely subtle and all the readers knows throughout the novel is that Kate is being tested. The big reveal comes at the end of the novel during the final reckoning. I can’t say too much without giving away the plot but I wasn’t too pleased to learn that Kate had essentially been a pawn in a much bigger game. It remains to be seen how Kate will fight back against this in future novels.
If the tests were subtle, then the links to Greek mythology were tenuous at best. When the identities of the gods and goddesses were revealed, I was quite surprised because little in the development of those characters had indicated their true identities. "
I have always enjoyed the Soul Screamers series but was a little disappointed with the previous book, My Soul to Keep. Maybe 'disappointed' is not the...moreI have always enjoyed the Soul Screamers series but was a little disappointed with the previous book, My Soul to Keep. Maybe 'disappointed' is not the right word, I just didn't love it. Well, I loved My Soul to Steal and can barely wait for the next book in the series.
From my review: "My Soul to Steal is the fourth book in Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series and it is certainly the best in the series yet. With the scene set and the characters established, My Soul to Steal is non-stop action from the first page. Apart from meeting the mara, we are introduced to more demons, hellions and creatures of the Netherworld creatures including hypnos, who feed from human energy through the barrier between the two realms.
Rachel Vincent steps up her imaginative and disturbing descriptions of the Netherworld and the scenes at the twisted Netherworld version of Eastlake High were fantastic. As I read about the crimson creeper and deformed Netherworld creatures, I couldn't help thinking that this is one series that needs to be brought to life in television or film."
If I Die is the best book in the Soul Screamers series so far and the third that I have given 5 stars to. The other two got 4 stars so it is safe to s...moreIf I Die is the best book in the Soul Screamers series so far and the third that I have given 5 stars to. The other two got 4 stars so it is safe to say that I recommend this series. I initially thought this was the last book in the series and I cannot begin to say how happy I am that there will be another book in the series.
Excerpt: "If I Die is the fifth novel in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series featuring bean sidhes Kaylee and Nash and a host of supernatural creatures including hellions, maras, reapers, incubi and even the occasional human being. What will thrill fans most about this instalment is not the fact that Kaylee is dying or that she is once again fighting evil, but the massive twist in the love relationship between her and Nash. I am not going to spoil it by saying what the twist was, I’m not even going to hint, but let’s just say that I spent most of the book thrilled, a short portion devastated and then I was absolutely happy in the end.
In fact, I liked almost everything in this book. I love that Tod got a much bigger part in this story and I have to say that I knew all along, ever since his eyes started churning two books ago. Cryptic, I know, but it is hard to wax lyrical about something so integral to the plot without spoiling and ruining it for other readers and it certainly would have spoiled it for me if I’d had even a clue of what was in store".