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The Succubus Gift

(The Telepathic Clans #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  689 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Warning: The characters in this book are sex-positive feminists.

The history of the Clans, called the Sidhe by the Irish, stretches back to antiquity. The Goddess blesses Her people with 25 Telepathic Gifts. In addition to Telepathy, the Gifts include command over Air and Fire, Telekinesis and Teleportation. In over 2,500 years, She has never bestowed more than 15 Gifts on
ebook, 262 pages
Published April 22nd 2012 by Smashwords
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*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This book had some things that I really liked, but overall was just not my taste. I can see where people would absolutely love it, there were just to many things that made me uncomfortable to truly enjoy it.

First, I received this book through Read it Review it on the New Adult Book Club page, and while technically the main character is 22 and therefor this book is considered New Adult, because of the subject matter, I would co
Melissa Simmons
The Succubus Gift is the first book in The Telepathic Clans series by B.R. Kingsolver. When approached by the author I was very excited to read this book; it sounded like something I'd really enjoy. It sounded like a really different spin on the paranormal. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would and that's saying something.

The story follows members of the Clan as they find a family member they thought to be dead and learn about her abilities. I really enjoyed the emphasis on family and loyalty
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Succubus Gift is B.R. Kingsolver's debut novel and a great read. I'd recommend it to anyone that's looking for an unconventional romance and love story. The main character, Brenna Morgan, is a strong, highly developed, and intriguing leading female. All the other minor characters are just as interesting, particularly Rebecca (my favorite).

The romantic relationship between Brenna and Collin is unique. I can't think of another book that has a relationship quite like this.

This is a fresh take
Hennessee Andrews
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brenna is a compelling character. I loved her intelligence, witty charm, and the journey she is on. B.R. Kingsolver has a very in depth, vivid and extraordinary imagination. I was hooked immediately, wanting to learn more, and find out more about the telepath and succubus Brenna. A chance meeting with another telepath and relative changes her life forever, leading her into a new world where she is able to learn about her gifts and explore what it means to be a succubus. Not only is this story ab ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before I get into my review, I should be up front about something . . . okay, two things. Number one, I don't generally read a lot of urban fantasy. Not sure why, but I guess I prefer a more complete escape or disconnect from reality. Second, I don't generally read too many books that cross over onto the paranormal romance shelves. It's not that I have anything against romance, just that I'd rather it not be the dominant focus of the story.

So, with all of that in mind, it's a bit of a surprise t
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Succubus Gift is a great book for the beginning of this series. It’s a very entertaining read with many memorable characters. B.R Kingsolver does a wonderful job creating this world hidden within the modern world. From the moment when Brenna saves her cousin to meeting Collin for the very first time to learning how powerful she could truly be. It is one great twist after another. Also, I really enjoyed how the complex relationships between characters were demonstrated. For instance the relat ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I don't think I will be able to look at people the same way any more. What if a person I am talking to is a telepath? What if somebody can really read your mind. (?!?!) I am not sure who I loved more - Brenna or Rebecca. They are so different. Can't wait to read more in this series. :O) ...more
InD'tale Magazine

This story is well-written with a plot that proceeds at a fast clip.

Full review in April 2013 issue of InD'tale Magazine.
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me just start by saying WOW, because this book completely blew my expectations out of the water and then some. The initial synopsis plot struck me as interesting, but it didn’t prepare me for the utterly heart stopping onslaught of sex, violence and paranormal abilities out the wazoo.

In an age where book covers are raved about because they feature a pretty girl in a dress that’s been air brushed to oblivion, I love that The Succubus Gift’s cover has a more traditional art look and feel to it
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review.

The synopsis of this story intrigued me. I was definitely a bit hesitant to read a book about the succubus, since it immediately made me think that there would be a lot of sex scenes. However, the main character discovering her lost family, and the promise of Irish mythology were too much for me to resist. In the end, I'm very glad that I couldn't.

Brenna was an awesome heroine, and I actually really liked her. She was str
Lucia Culpepper
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
That was a fun ride. There was a heavier hand on the romance than I tend to prefer, and it was difficult to follow at times--the dialogue wasn't always clearly marked, and there are too many characters in this book for that to be easy to sort out. I'm still unclear on who said what in a few places. But the world was interesting, and believably secret from the "norms." I'm excited that I have the second book in an omnibus, and will be diving right in! ...more
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing

So I just finished The Succubus Gift. I wasn't too sure about this one in the beginning. The story just seemed really rushed

in the beginning. But the story's pace seemed to even out and I really got into it.

Things I loved about this book:

Kingsolver did an amazing job at creating this world. I love the detail they put not only into the characters, but into the

clans and the abilities as well. The author didn't just wave away how the telepathy and the different abilities worked.

There is even a
Sofia Wren
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal

This truly unique book has several things to offer:

1. A smart, attractive and kick-a** protagonist with a lot to figure out.

Brenna has battled her way from foster homes to the top of her class. Her dissertation on psychic activity is gaining attention, and she is teaching this year at John Hopkins.

When people start telling her they are long lost family and that she has some kind of gift she doesn't want to believe them. But she has to, and once she does, she hits the ground running and takin' n
Ryan Mangrum
I would have rated it higher, but I had to force myself to make it past the 15% mark. Once the story progressed passed the insipid love story and childish behavior of the main character, it was interesting if predictable.

The basic premise is there are thousands of Telepaths around the world that are segregated into various Clans and "wilders" (Ronin for all intents and purposes). Some of these clans are friendly, or at least non-aggressive with normal folk, some are predatory. All have huge busi
Maghon Thomas
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ok, so let me start by saying I’ve never read anything quite like this book. I’m saying this as a compliment because different is better to me. Sometimes stories about a particular type of character get repetitive so it was a breath of fresh air to see something different. I am particularly fond of how very detailed the author has made the rules and gifts and how they work. Some “gifts” are part of a “Talent” or are a “Talent” in themselves. So, we’ve got magic here lol

I will not lie and say tha
Brenda- Anderson
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I do love my strong female leads. And Brenna didn't disappoint. She lost her family as a young kid only to one day accidentally find them shortly after finishing college. She didn't let it totally overwhelm her and she was willing for the most part to learn about her family but not give up her freedom. She was strong, funny, sexy, mature, intelligent, and has many Gifts. We don't even get to know ALL of them really yet. It's not everyday a young women finds out she's a succubus and this book
Renee Rearden
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sometimes our past dictates how we plan our future.

Brenna has grown up in foster homes, learning to adjust to each new set of parents’ rules. She perfected the go-along-to-get-along attitude. Her internal drive to succeed carried her through college and her dissertation. She’s careful, methodical and knows exactly what she wants and how to achieve her goals—because planning is everything.

Until life throws her a curve ball and changes all the rules. Her psychic ability leads her to discover anoth
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it

This was an easy and fun read. I hadn't read anything about succubi before, though I had been eyeing some books about them, so it was very refreshing to read this story. I'm a huge fan of vampires and witches, but sometimes you just need a break from them. :)
I liked the way the author showed the succubi (and all the Telepaths), with their history going far back before the rise of Christianity, with roots in Celtic mythology/tradition. The succubi in thi
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank B.R. Kingsolver, author of The Succubus Gift, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this awesome book.

Here we meet Brenna who doesn’t know about her true identity and she is orphaned when she was just 8 years old. Moving from foster home to foster home she kept the one and only family belonging with her, a wooden box of her mother and later on she comes to k
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Brenna Morgan has had her up's and down's. Orphaned from an early age, she's been shuffled from home to home for as long as she can remember. Her solitary existence sets her apart from those she interacts with on a daily basis. Deep inside, she prefers things this way. Her unique powers make it difficult for her to get close to someone. She doesn't quite know how to control them, though she's done everything possible to do just that.

Her one treasured possession, an ornate carved wooden box given
Theresa Davis
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I have never wanted to read a book about a succubus before but I figured since it was free and all I had to do was send in a review, why not! I am glad I did!!! Brenna has no idea who she really is and has no family, or so she thought. The story starts off with a scene that draws you in right away. You get to be right beside Brenna as she learns who and what she is. As a woman, I must say it sounds like it would be great to be a Succubus but when Brenna finds out that is what she is and points o ...more
Jacqueline Baker
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While skipping around the web looking for something different to load to the Kindle, I saw the "Top Pick" review for this book on's PARANORMAL page and decided to check it out. As another reviewer quipped on the storyline, "Some days a girl just wants to pull the covers over her head and stay in bed -- with a willing young man of course." After reading just the few preview pages, I was hooked and had to much for my Saturday night! Once I picked it up, I didn't w ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was great; it captured my attention and held it. Brenna was a great character who loved others, and made them feel comforted. She had a streak of rage that was attributed to her strong feelings for the people she cared for. Brenna held a sense of abandonment after her parents dies in a car crash. She bounced around in foster homes and when she becomes an adult, she discovers there are others out there related to her. She's confused and bewildered but she takes time to learn what she ca ...more
Mia Darien
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
If GR allowed half stars, I'd actually give this 3.5 but it doesn't, so it has to be 3 since I can't quite say I *really* liked it.

I liked the world and paranormal setting Kingsolver created. I really liked the "unconventional" aspects of the romance. This felt more like a... paranormal coming of age story to me, but that's nothing wrong there. Some of the drama felt more like drama for drama's sake, with a bit more summarizing of events than I like, and Brenna made me want to gnash my teeth at
Andrew Allred
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very very well done book. I loved the world and the take she took on the succubus, it had well done world building and great characterizations. The heroine was very fleshed out and i so totally loved her she was awesome and for those who want some sexy fun times u will definately find them. My only complaint was once in a while some stuff wasnt fully explained but that in part was because i didnt read the list of powers till after i finished. So i recommend reading it before starting the story. ...more
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The plot of this book is completely absurd. The protagonist lost her parents in a plane crash, and somehow her family never found out she was still alive. Flights have passenger manifests and even small plane crashes are investigated thoroughly - someone would have notified the investigation team that there was an orphaned child.
She's also constantly sulking about how she's hideous and no men like her, while other people say she's the most gorgeous person in the universe, including her grandfat
Jan 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cnf-or-dnf
DNFed at 20%.

This book was very, very passive, with lots of telling, not showing, and a weird MC, who there was no purpose for 1/5 of the way into the book. There was just no emotion, as another reviewer said.

Brenna sucked as a main character, and her story was told in a very "eh" tone. It was off-putting, and I hated her. And the story, which was not "eh" but "my eyes are bleeding get me out of here!" Yeah. It was that bad. 1 star, and please do yourself the favor of giving this one a pass.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
Fantastic story. Interesting, captivating plot and wonderful characters. A spin I haven't seen with the psychic set. The infrastructure of the clan was clever and original. The shared "gifts" was intriguing. It was fascinating to watch Brenna's transformation, although I thought it took long enough for her to decide what she wanted from Collin.

I truly enjoyed this first installment of the Telepathic Clans Saga and cannot wait to read the next two books.
May 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
I just couldn't with this book. The MC is just too Mary Sue-ish. She isn't just pretty she's **the most** beautiful. She isn't just talented she's **the most talented**. She doesn't just meet a great guy she meets **the most attractive and smart** guy. The exposition info dumps are clunky and obvious. I tried really hard but I couldn't make it past the first 15% ...more
Jessica Nicholls
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great introduction into Kingsolver's world of the Telepathic Clans. Such a rich, complex, fun and sexy world he's created here. Brenna is very likeable. This book has lots of glamour, sexiness and excitement. ...more
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