Richelle Mead,
Georgina Kincaid #3: Succubus Dreams
(Kensington, 2008)

Georgina, succubus extraordinaire, juggles a new protegee, some new angels and a few more immortals, all while working hard to maintain her ever-complicated romantic life. Bits of her past come back to haunt her and, just when everything seems to be perfect, more complications arise.

Georgina is a complex character. What she is, a succubus, is often a direct contrast to what she wants and how she feels, making her a demon with a heart and a conscience. It creates some interesting problems and makes for very entertaining reading.

It has been about five hours since I finished this book and closed its pages, and I find that the chapters, the characters and the events are still very much on my mind. I loved the previous books, but I am simply in awe of this one. It's a fantastic tale, yet not one thing that happens seems unrealistic. The presence of succubae, incubi, angels and various other immortals and demons all seem so real that I no longer feel like I am reading a fantasy -- or reading a book, for that matter. I get lost in the pages and I think that is a sign of an excellent read and a great author.

This is one of those books I will be thinking about on and off for quite some time. Emotionally, this book really put me through the paces and as a result I feel drained. I feel like I have been through everything that Georgina has this go-round and even though some of it wasn't pleasant, I was hanging on and loving every written word. It really resonated deeply within me.

Richelle Mead has a real flair for mixing the real with the unreal and making everything seem tangible. Every time I finish one of her books, she leaves me dying to dive into the next and that's where I find myself now ... impatiently.

review by
Cherise Everhard

20 June 2009

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