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Succubus Revealed – Richelle Mead

on November 10, 2013

Succubus RevealedSuccubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6)
Richelle Mead
Kensington Publishing
2011, 277p
Read from my local library

Please note this review will contain ***SPOILERS*** for the previous novels in the Georgina Kincaid series.

Seth and Georgina’s love is out in the open for everyone to know now and that includes Maddy, Seth’s former fiancee. After Seth risked everything to bring Georgina back from another reality, the two of them are now together and Georgina has left her position at the bookstore and is working some odd temp jobs until she finds something more permanent. She’s sad to have left the store and she regrets that Maddy got hurt but she’s now back with Seth and the two of them are trying again at having some sort of normal relationship, even though many things haven’t changed.

However life has a way of throwing up obstacles, especially when you work for the man downstairs. Georgina finds that she’s up for a transfer – to Las Vegas. With Seth’s family situation keeping him in Seattle, it seems like they’re going to be apart once again. Georgina makes a reconnaissance visit to Vegas and finds that the job is absolutely perfect for her. In fact, it’s kind of too perfect. Apart from Seth, it’s like someone took every single thing Georgina wanted and gave it to her, including a great boss, her best succubus friend and great people to work with. It is highly suspicious and it makes Georgina question the timing and the fact that it always seems like a higher power doesn’t want her and Seth to be together.

Georgina isn’t the only one that thinks something is a little off. Roman does a lot of digging around for her, looking in to her original contract. Georgina has been given more than one hint that something may not be right with it but when she had someone check it out, it came back watertight. Challenging a contract’s legality is the only way to free yourself from an eternity of serving Hell and Georgina is about to undertake the biggest fight of her life. If she wins, all that she has ever wanted could be hers….but if she loses, it doesn’t just affect her. Someone else stands to lose their soul completely.

This is the final book in the Georgina Kincaid series and everything it has been working towards, the hints that have cropped up about Georgina’s contract and a possible issue, her key memories from her time as a succubus, the vision of her future she was shown, Seth’s ability to find her all have been working towards building the reason they have the connection between each other that they do. I know a lot of people probably predicted where the books had been going for a long time out but I didn’t really until the second last book and even then when everything was revealed, I was still pretty surprised. Maybe it’s a testament to the state of mind I was in at the time but there were still things in this story that blew me away.

Reading the Vampire Academy novels and finishing them gave me a little bit of an idea about what to expect from this finale: most of the plot points would be tied up and the reader would be satisfied as to the fate of most of the characters but there’d probably be one or two things that were left more up in the air, things that might allow Mead to return to this world and some of the characters in it in the future if she so chose and I think that was pretty much what happened. Georgina finds out that there is a problem, not with her contract as such but with the fact that there’s also another contract that sort of crosses over with hers and one of the contracts hasn’t panned out the way that it should. Armed with Roman’s help they write a contract challenge proposal and submit it to Hell where Georgina and Roman, who acts as her counsel/adviser must plead their case to 6 demons and 6 angels who make up the ‘jury’ who will decide not only her fate but the fate of the person who signed the other contract that does not work harmoniously with Georgina’s.

I found the previous book a little lackluster but reading this book definitely made the previous one better, in my opinion especially when everything starts to unfold by way of Seth revealing to the reader his past and how utterly complicated it has been. I have read a few reviews of this series and I know a lot of people don’t love Seth, especially for what he did to Georgina (and then later on to Maddy) and I have to admit at times I struggled with him too but overall, I think I understood what made up his personality. I don’t think you can apply reasonable, “normal” social rules to him and his relationship with Georgina because let’s face it, she’s a succubus who had to sleep with other men constantly in order to survive. That messes up even the strongest mind and there was always going to only be so long Seth could go before he would crack. In this volume I think you see a little more about why he finally reacted the way that he did and how he might not exactly have been in control of all of his actions and was maybe fueled by things he couldn’t quite grasp the memory of.

All in all I found the finale more than satisfying. I think Richelle Mead created a near perfect story arc and executed it very well, something which makes her most recent novel, Gameboard of the Gods a bit of a disappointment in retrospect. Now that I’ve completed two of her series’ and know precisely what she is capable of concerning characters, chemistry, romance, action and plot, I think that book is severely lacking. This is a much better demonstration of her skills and I know I won’t forget these characters in a hurry. I’d love to see something in the future that addresses the fate of a character that was left not quite clear to the reader. I think we’re supposed to assume something, but there’s always the chance that it’s the wrong assumption! And I know for sure I would love to see Carter again. He was a highlight of these books the whole way and I’m glad I got to the end and was fully justified in how I felt about him.

8/10

Book #266 of 2013

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2 responses to “Succubus Revealed – Richelle Mead

  1. Danielle says:

    Yep, I haven’t gone anywhere near ‘Gameboard of the Gods’ because I hold her other two adult series in such high regard. Have you read ‘Dark Swan’ yet? I really enjoyed that series too (though ‘Georgina’ is still my favourite, even beating out VA)

    • I think you’ve made the right choice. Because it was the first book of hers I read, I thought it was alright (not awesome) but then I read VA, started Bloodlines (which was just alright too, at first) and then these and I’ve realised how much BETTER as a writer she is than that series. I haven’t read Dark Swan yet – I’ll be starting it soon!

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