Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid #5)
Read from my local library
Succubus Georgina Kincaid is still in a difficult place. After the guilt of betraying his girlfriend Maddy by sleeping with Georgina when Georgina was briefly without her succubus powers, Seth has proposed. And because Georgina is friends with Seth’s now fiancee, she finds herself roped in to help plan the wedding. She’s dress shopping with Maddy and trying to find ways that will get her out of being maid of honor but Maddy isn’t hearing the word no and given the secrecy of her relationship with Seth and especially their affair, Georgina can’t really tell her why she doesn’t want to be involved.
As always, there are other distractions in Georgina’s life. The mysterious Roman has returned and has made himself at home as her room mate. Georgina isn’t sure why he’s here or what exactly he wants but it seems like she won’t be getting rid of him anytime soon. At the moment despite the fact that Georgina isn’t entirely sure whether he wants to kill her or not, he’s proving to be surprisingly good company and a decent room mate even if he doesn’t seem to have any money and isn’t chipping in for the bills.
There’s also a visiting succubus in town, supposedly on holiday but interestingly enough it seems that she’s honed in on Seth and Georgina isn’t buying it that it’s just a coincidence. She’s convinced there’s a reason that Simone is here in Seattle and specifically targeting Seth. However as much as she wants to find that reason out, Georgina is being pulled into a dark realm by a mysterious force that she’s trying hard to resist but seems to overtake her. She finds herself about to do the strangest things and when she succumbs to the forces, Georgina is forced to relive times from her past. The mysterious beings that hold her also show her false dreams and true dreams and Georgina has to sort the fact from the fiction, all the while hoping that someone can rescue her, something that looks to be almost impossible.
This is the fifth and second-last novel in Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series and although it’s beginning to tie everything together and also set up the way in which the series will conclude, at the same time it’s probably the most lackluster installment. It took me a while to put my finger on why but I think it was all of the dream sequences. At the time I didn’t really understand why they were there and they won’t really make a whole lot of sense and make things come together until the reader completes the final book. Having read that now, I sort of wish I could go back and revisit this one for comparison but I’ve returned it to my library already. The dream sequences towards the end of the book are pretty involved and long and take up large chunks and it is kind of a derailment from previous books where Georgina has always been so much in the thick of things. Having her strapped down somewhere, drifting aimlessly in and out of dreams that may or may not be real was a bit of a downer.
I really found the way in which Mead wrote Seth rather interesting in this series – for the first 2 or 3 books, Seth is virtually flawless. He’s smart and funny and smitten with Georgina (although easily distracted by his work) and amazingly tolerant of the fact that she’s a succubus who must sleep with other men in order to survive. However when she chose to have him fall from grace, he really did fall. He not only betrayed Georgina but then he also betrayed Maddy with Georgina when she wasn’t a succubus which I’m sure alienated a lot of readers. This book sort of begins Seth’s road to redemption or at least finding his way back to an even keel of where he should be. He is the sort of person that reacts to guilt by going out and doing something outlandish and he ends up engaged to Maddy with no real way of getting out of it – until it turns out that he just might be the only person that might be able to retrieve Georgina from the other realm where she has been taken.
I found all of the dream sequences and Georgina’s memories a bit tedious to be honest but like I said previously, they do tend to become more useful after you’ve read the sixth book and realised exactly what she was remembering. However I have to admit that this book didn’t pack quite the same punch for me as the rest of them in this series, although it was still a good read. I think it was because Georgina spent too much time away from her core group of friends, who almost steal the show sometimes, particularly Carter. I sometimes think that if Mead ever decides to revisit the world she has created here, I’d love to read a series about Carter. He is honestly one of my favourite characters of hers.
Book #265 of 2013