Author: Richelle Mead
Date of Publication: October 1, 2008
Formats Available: Paperback, E-book
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Synopsis: Some days, a girl just can't catch a break...
First, Georgina Kincaid, a shape-shifting succubus who gets her energy from seducing men, can't have sex with her gorgeous bestselling author boyfriend Seth Mortensen--in case she inadvertently kills him. Second, Georgina's under demonic orders to mentor the new (and surprisingly inept) succubus on the block. Third, someone's manipulating her dreams, 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 a crisis point. Georgina needs to 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...
I've always loved Richelle Mead, ever since I first read the Vampire Academy series in 2008 I have eagerly devoured every YA book she's ever written and never had a question in my mind rating those books five stars. That's why I was so surprised when I found myself liking the Georgina Kincaid series less and less the farther I get into the series. The Georgina Kincaid books are never boring and they're very well written but something about them just doesn't click with me the same way Mead's young adult novels do.
I think the biggest reason I don't like this series as much as I could is because I just don't really like Georgina. I don't really mind her, but she just does a lot of things that make me a little bit uncomfortable. I know she's a succubus but for some reason, in this novel especially, she's a real skank about it. Likewise I just don't understand Georgina's relationship with Seth; honestly Seth kind of drives me insane with how forgiving he is towards Georgina and the stupid things that she does. As terrible as it sounds I was, not happy exactly, but I guess relieved, that Seth could finally stand up for himself toward the end of the novel. I have way more respect for Seth now that he's not going to let Georgina push him around anymore.
Actually to be honest I think I like all of the secondary characters more than I like Georgina. Carter is definitely my favorite out of the gang and I have a feeling there's a story behind him that's going to be coming to the surface soon enough. Likewise I always enjoy reading about Cody, Hugh, Doug, and Maddie. Mead has created a great cast of wonderfully developed characters to go with Georgina and there are times when I feel like she should have written a series about one of them instead.
The plot and mystery were entertaining but otherwise a bit predictable. The idea of Georgina's energy being taken from her through dreams was a fascinating one and Mead did a great job executing it. I loved the side story about Tawny, Seattle's ditzy new succubus, as well as the new information about Erik, a character I've always been curious about. Succubus Dreams also brings up the idea that there might be something wrong with Georgina's contract to hell and the possibility that she might be able to escape it. One of my favorite things about these novels is how hell is set up like a huge corporation, full of contracts and awards ceremonies it never fails to make the novel just a little bit more fun to read.
While the Georgina Kincaid series is by no means a bad one it just isn't my favorite. Maybe I'm just holding the series to impossibly high standards because that's what I've come to expect from Mead but this one just isn't quite for me. I'm invested enough to read the rest of the series and see how this all plays out, especially after how this one ended, but this series just doesn't live up to my expectations.