Friday, October 31, 2008

Review – “Succubus Dreams” by Richelle Mead

Some days, a girl just can't catch a break ... especially when the girl in question is Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men. First there's her relationship with gorgeous bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, which is unsatisfying on a number of levels. It's not just that they can't have sex in case Georgina inadvertently kills him (generally a turn-off for most guys). Lately, even spending time together is a challenge. Seth's obsessed with finishing his latest novel, and Georgina's under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block.

Then there are the dreams. Someone, or something, is preying on Georgina at night, draining her energy, and supplying eerie visions of her future. Georgina seeks answers from Dante, a dream interpreter with ties to the underworld, but his flirtatious charm only leaves her more confused-especially as the situation with Seth reaches crisis point. Now Georgina faces a double challenge-rein in her out-of-control love life, and go toe-to-toe with an enemy capable of wreaking serious havoc among mankind. Otherwise, Georgina, and the entire mortal world, may never sleep easy again.
Succubus Dreams is the third book in the Georgina Kincaid series. Of all the books so far this one is my favourite. It is a very dark, almost tragic story, not only for Georgina but for many of the supporting characters. But it all the more emotionally gripping because of it.

Georgina has an awful lot thrown her way. Her boss saddles her with an incompetent rookie succubus who is supervised by the imp who wrote the original contract for her soul. An imp she hates and fears A seed of doubt is planted that their may be something awry with its’ conditions.

Georgina is struggling to make her relationship with Seth work, but their unique circumstances (like no sex) and differing expectations make for a bumpy ride. It is clear Georgina loves him dearly and it breaking her heart when time after time events conspire to unravel her efforts to make it work.

After each seduction of her victims, Georgina is tormented with vivid dreams of a domestic life that seems to fulfill her every desire for happiness—a husband, a home, a child and a profound feeling of contentment. Things missing from her waking life. Each day she rises with the captured energy drained from her and a deep sense of loss.

Georgina consults Dante, a magical human familiar with her supernatural world to help interpret her dreams and identify the source of the energy drain. Despite significant difference a certain respect builds between the two. We learn a great deal about Dante, a story that in many ways parallels Georgina’s in terms of choices and consequences.

Additional relationships are mirrored with Georgina’s. A posse of Angel’s are in town for unknown reasons and a human member of their party crashes with Georgina. Eventually we learn how their mission and Georgina’s troubles are connected. She observes the secret and forbidden love affair between one of the Angels and her guest, not unlike her own relationship with Seth. Foreshadowing her future, the affair ends in the most tragic of ways and is perhaps the most poignant scene in the novel.

With Succubus Dreams, Georgina continues to evolve as a fascinating and complex protagonist. She has had centuries to reflect and regret her choices which led her to becoming a succubus but she remains steadfast in her positive outlook. At several points the Angels compliment her with “you’re not so bad for a demon”. And in fact, there are several veiled implications that she may have a destiny very central to the good versus evil struggle.

This is not a HEA episode in Georgina’s life, but it is one that explores her resilience and tests her endurance and resolution. Almost as if she is being prepared for bigger things. I look forward to seeing how Georgina will grow the next time around. I hope you will too. Can be read without prior exposure to the series but as always better appreciated if you read the earlier books for back story and recurring characters.

Author and Book Showcase

Excerpt from Chapters 2 & 3

Kensington Publishing Corporation
Published: October 2008
ISBN #: 9780758216434

Georgia Kincaid Series

  1. Succubus Blues
  2. Succubus On Top
  3. Succubus Dreams
  4. Succubus Heat [2009]


  1. I LOVE THIS BOOK. I've just finished reading it and it broke my heart! Georgia xx

  2. Georgia Georgina's life really turned a corner in this book. Next book should be a biggie.

  3. I'm doing a report for school on an author and I chose Richelle Mead, but I couldn't find anything (I'd already read the whole Vampire Academy series, but I hadn't read the other books). I found your blog, and it really helped me with my research on her books. Thank you so much!!! Also, in looking at your blog I found a lot more fantasy books that I'll want to read, so thanks for that, too.


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