Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ill Wind

This is a review of “Ill Wind” by Rachel Caine. It is the first novel in the Weather Warden Series.

I had the chance to meet Rachel Caine earlier this year. Unfortunately I did not know it at the time. I had not read any of her novels. I can only hope that I get the chance again.

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. She can manipulate and tame weather, specifically wind and rain. She is a member of the World Council of Weather Wardens, but they’re not too happy with her at present, and she’s on the run. She has created a rather large mess for herself (in self defence of course) and has no idea what to do, so she’s running.

Towards what? She doesn’t quite know. But she hopes that she may be able to find her friend Lewis. The most powerful Weather Warden alive. But there’s a little complication. Lewis is on the run too. To the World Council, he’s the most wanted man on Earth. He’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn.

Djinn are rare immortal beings, much like genies. They are assigned to a Weather Warden, and that Warden is the master of the Djinn. They are a unparalleled source of power for a Warden. Each Warden only gets one Djinn per lifetime, and only if they perform with great skill and discipline. There are rules and guidelines for masters of the Djinn and they must be followed.

Of course Lewis has committed a big no no by stealing three Djinn. But Joanne has no one else to run to. There is her friend Star, but Joanne thinks it may be unwise and selfish to bring her problems to her doorstep. Can Joanne save herself? Can she set things right with the World Council?

I liked this book a lot. I like Caine’s writing style, and her characters were vivid. I liked Joanne’s love of cars and fashion, and I loved the direction the plot and story took toward the end of the novel. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series and some Caine’s other work.

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Poison Princess

This is a review of “Poison Princess” by Kresley Cole. It is her first YA novel, and is the first novel in The Arcana Chronicles.

Evangeline “Evie” Greene is a sixteen year old apocalypse survivor. Alone, she has stumbled into the home of Arthur. He asks Evie to tell him her story. Her story before The Flash (what everyone now calls the apocalyptic event) and after. After having a bite to eat and something warm to drink, she does. Arthur is a little…off though.

Evie takes us back to before The Flash, where she has just returned home after a stint in a mental institution. She was sent there by her mother to deal with her hallucinations. She’d been hearing voices and seeing visions of the world ending. She’s vowed to never go back there, and is working at appearing as normal as possible. She doesn’t want her mother to know that the voices and visions have not gone…

So it’s back to school. Back to her crazy BFF Mel and her gorgeous boyfriend Brandon. Back to … Cajuns? A new bridge has been built in the area and now a group of teens from the poor Cajun district attend their school. Clotile is sexy and braless, and is the new object of desire for the high school boys. Lionel is a petty thief. And Jackson is… a bit of a motorcycle riding mystery, and Evie’s new History Project parter. He always seems to be staring at Evie, and she’s one of the only ones that can understand the French that the Cajuns speak (not that she’s letting on).

When The Flash hits, Evie and her mother go on a looting spree (purely in the name of survival). Shortly after, Evie’s mother realises that Evie was never crazy. All her visions have come true. She is racked with guilt over the way she’s treated Evie, and Evie’s grandmother (her mother) whom she blamed for brainwashing Evie. They survive quite well until Evie’s mother is accosted by some Bagmen (fluid seeking zombies) and suffers internal injuries. Evie doesn’t know what to do. She is all set to go for help when Jackson shows up. So the Cajun survived, did he?

He warns them of a militia army that approaches, one that does wicked things and is searching for women. He is headed for Texas. He asks them to come along, but Evie cannot make the decision with her mother so ill. But in the morning she leaves with Jackson, on the condition that they head towards her grandmother. Evie is certain that she will know what to do, and she longs to remember the things her grandmother told her when she was little, about tarot and the Arcana. But thanks to her mother and to therapy, she has mostly blocked it out.

It’s not so bad with Jackson. The voices are quieter around him.

Can they survive the trip to find her grandmother? What about bagmen and militia? Or crazed survivors and cannibals? Who do the voices that speak to her belong to, and should she or shouldn’t she listen to them? And what’s with this Arthur dude?

I really did like this novel. It was a little dark for a YA novel, but it was compelling. I loved Jackson’s Cajun accent, and the way Cole put it down on paper, I could hear it rolling into my ears. It was a little confusing at times (especially the voices of the arcana) but everything made sense as long as I kept reading. I finished the book pretty quickly, and it’s a shame I’ll have to wait a while for the next installment. Cole did a pretty great job with her first YA novel, and if you’re a fan of her adult stuff, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this.

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Shadow’s Claim

This is a review of “Shadow’s Claim” by Kresley Cole. It is the first novel in the Immortals After Dark offshoot series; The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist. However it still fits in nicely with the Immortals After Dark Series, as novel number 11 (not counting the two novellas in the series), following on from “Lothaire“.

Bettina is Princess of the demon plane of Abbadon. She is half Sorceri, through her mother who was killed by Vrekeners, and half death demon through her father, demon king of Abbadon. Her father perished in battle after the death of her mother. Bettina is now a ward in the care of Morgana, Queen of the Sorceri and Raum, Grand Duke of the Deathly Ones. After being allowed to travel to and live in the mortal realm to study, she was attacked and almost killed by a group of Vrekeners. They left her broken and beaten and without her Sorceri power.

At 22, she is being offered up as a prize in a tournament. Whichever male wins the tournament, wins her hand in marriage, gets to be ruler of Abbadon beside her and gains control of her summoning amulet. Bettina is far from keen to be a tourney prize, but Morgana has promised her her Sorceri power back, and Raum has promised to kill the Vrekener attackers should she go through with it. Really, what choice does she have? But Bettina is in love with Caspion, a death demon she’s known since she was ten.

He’s not attracted to Bettina, he thinks of her only as a sister. Caspion has gotten himself into a bit of a pickle. He’s traveled to the secret vampire realm of Dacia. Once you’ve entered Dacia, you are not permitted to leave. But of course Caspion has disregarded the rules once again, and has left Dacia. And now he has an assassin after him.

And that assassin is Trehan Daciano. A prince of Dacia. A 900 year old vampire assassin. He is cold and calculating, an efficient, killing machine. Until he sneaks into her spire (something draws him to her) and beholds Bettina. His bride. And then he knows he cannot be without her. But he has to kill Caspion for the safety of Dacia, something his besotted young bride would not forgive him for. So, Dacia? Or Bettina? He decides to enter the tournament to win her.

Caspion decides to enter the tournament to buy safety for himself for the duration of the tournament. Little does he know, his assassin has entered too.

Ugh. Bettina cares about the outcome of two of the contestants, but only one can win. Will it be her handsome best friend who she is besotted with? Or the devoted and devastatingly handsome vampire who makes her blush?

I liked this novel. It’s very much like her other IAD novels. But it was kinda predictable, and the outcome was pretty clear from the get go. The character of Salem reminded me a little of Billy from Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer Series and Volusian from Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan Series. I liked the little appearances of other IAD characters like Nix, Lothaire and Sabine. It didn’t really feel like a spin-off at all to me, it fit in pretty well with the rest of the Immortals After Dark Series. I’m looking forward to the next IAD book, apparently titled “Macrieve” and due to be released mid 2013, looks like another Lykae novel then.

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Succubus Revealed

This is a review of “Succubus Revealed” by Richelle Mead. It is the sixth and final book in the Georgina Kincaid Series. It follows on from “Succubus Shadows“.

It goes without saying that this review will most probably reveal details of the previous novel/s in this series. You have been forewarned.

Seth and Georgina are back together. But even this joyous happening is marred. Georgina has had to quit her job at her beloved bookstore, as all there regard her as a scarlet woman, a home wrecker. So she’s moonlighting as a Christmas Elf at the mall. Not an ideal profession, but it helps to pass the time.

Seth’s sister in law Andrea, is very sick. He’s been helping out a lot and putting himself and his writing second. Georgina wishes she could do more to help Seth and his brother and nieces. And then Seth’s mother and his hipster brother Ian show up.

But something about Seth has been niggling away at Georgina. He called her Letha. And no one has mentioned her true name in front of him. She knows she hasn’t, and all of her friends swear they haven’t told him either.

And then Georgina finds a note from Hell HQ. She’s being transferred in 30days. She’s surprised to say the very least. She’s been given pretty much no warning at all. What will it mean for her and Seth? He can’t really leave with Andrea so sick. The whole thing seems kinda fishy to Georgina, and Roman seems to agree. But by delving into the matter will they unwittingly unravel more than they bargained for?

I really liked this one! It wrapped up everything so well. I enjoyed the Seth revelation, and the entire resolution. Roman’s part to play was bittersweet and Carter’s vocation was cool.

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Succubus Shadows

This is a review of “Succubus Shadows” by Richelle Mead. It is the fifth book in the Georgina Kincaid Series. It follows on from “Succubus Heat“.

It goes without saying that this review will most probably reveal details of the previous novel/s in this series. You have been forewarned.

Georgina and Seth are still trying to move on from their forbidden week together. But Seth’s soul has been blackened from the guilt of cheating in and lying to Maddie, and there’s no denying that he and Georgina both still want one another. Even though it was Georgina this time that ended things, her heart still well and truly belongs to Seth.

Roman has moved in with Georgina after helping her locate Jerome and negotiating with him a deal that allows him to remain alive in Seattle so long as he does not reveal that he is a nephilim to anyone. Georgina isn’t exactly thrilled about having him as a room mate, but it is preferable to his former stance on killing her painfully. And it’s not so bad sometimes to have company to talk to.

Seth has proposed to Maddie in his guilt. And while this breaks Georgina’s heart, Maddie is (of course) oblivious, and asks Georgina to be her bridesmaid and to help with the dress shopping. Could there be anything worse?

So Georgina has suffered some pretty low moods. And even stranger, when she’s down she’s been hearing a sort of siren call, a compulsion to go somewhere to escape her heartache. After a particularly confusing night with Roman, Georgina gives into the compulsion and…disappears.

A distressed Roman urges the other immortals to help him find her. Poor Georgina is trapped, forced to dream over and over, false dreams and true dreams; usually of the worst times in her long life. Can Georgina be saved?

I really liked this one! It had a good storyline and I liked finding out more a out Georgina’s life. The whole Seth/Georgina thing is getting a bit old. I wish she would just move on with Roman. I am eager to read the next, as there were a few loose ends.

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Succubus Heat

This is a review of “Succubus Heat” by Richelle Mead. It is the fourth book in the Georgina Kincaid Series. It follows on from “Succubus Dreams“.

It goes without saying that this review will most probably reveal details of the previous novel/s in this series. You have been forewarned.

Georgina is angry at the world. Especially at Seth Mortenson, her ex-boyfriend. He’s left her (he says to prevent her further pain), but it’s not exactly painless seeing him with their friend Maddie, who had no knowledge of Seth and Georgina’s secret relationship. Georgina has become a snarkier, nastier version of herself, and Jerome is getting sick of her attitude. He decides to send her on a mission to Vancouver (yes Canada!) as punishment.

Georgina finds herself caught between Jerome and Cedric, the arch demon in Vancouver. They have just finished scuffling over property lines, but don’t entirely trust one another. Cedric is in need of a succubus to infiltrate and disband a group of embarrassing Satanists that are affecting his reputation. Jerome wishes her to go as a sign of good faith, but also to spy on his nemesis.

Since her breakup with Seth, Georgina has been dating Dante, psychic and fraud. Dante’s soul is so black that Georgina holds no such qualms that she did in regards to sex and soul stealing. Dante is no Seth, but it is nice to have sex with someone she cares about on a regular basis. And no matter how jaded and bad Dante appears to be, he’s been shing Georgina a sweet side lately, buying her gifts.

But then Jerome goes missing. And when he disappeared, so too did the abilities of Georgina and the other evil lesser immortals. She can no longer shapeshift, Cody and Peter can go out into sunlight and Hugh can no longer see souls. Georgina doesn’t need to feed off of the life force of men, which means she can have sex without any effect. What will this mean for her and Seth?

Can Georgina find Jerome? Will she want to? Who has taken him?

I liked this one. It was a good mystery, and the disappearance of Georgina’s succubus abilities brought with it a lot of complications. An old character made a reappearance and I liked the new characters that were introduced.

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Succubus Dreams

This is a review of “Succubus Dreams” by Richelle Mead. It is the third book in the Georgina Kincaid Series. It follows on from “Succubus On Top“.

It goes without saying that this review will most probably reveal details of the previous novel/s in this series. You have been forewarned.

Georgina is still with Seth. They get by. Even though they still can’t get physical (or all the way physical at least) their relationship is surviving. Seth still gets in his writing frenzies, and Georgina still has to prey on the souls of men, but they’re doing ok. The mortals still don’t know about their couple status, and the immortals still think they’re absurd.

Doug’s sister Maddie has stuck around to keep an eye on Doug, and as she’s just a freelance writer, she’s landed Georgina’s old job at the bookstore. Georgina and her get along well. Although Maddie’s a little shy with others, Georgina discovers just how much fun she’s been missing out on by not having a girlfriend over the years.

Jerome calls a meeting for all the hellish workers in the area to attend. Georgina is mildly curious. This curiosity sours when she is face to face again with Niphon, the imp who brokered her mortal soul. Georgina can’t stand him. And when Jerome introduces Georgina to a brand spanking new succubus, Georgina is even more dismayed to hear that Niphon is hanging around until Tawny (the new girl) bags her first victim. This is especially awful when Georgina realises how truly awful a succubus Tawny is. She can’t seem to get anyone to sleep with her. And even worse, Georgina is charged with being her mentor.

And Carter is meeting with a group of angels in the local watering hole. They’re being very secretive. Of course this piques Georgina’s interest, but the angels are tight lipped. Georgina does however agree to host their mortal friend Vincent in her apartment.

Georgina dreams a very strange and vivid dream where she is doing the menial task of washing dishes. It’s a very ordinary dream, but it feels so real. When she wakes her energy has been sapped. No it’s been completely drained. Which is more than weird, because she’d only “topped up” the night before. She thinks it is suspicious and quizzes Jerome, who just brushes her off. But when it happens again, and more of the dream is revealed (and her energy is drained yet again) she decides to visit her friend Erik, who directs her to Dante, someone whom Erik dislikes immensely, but admits he knows about dreams.

Can Georgina and Seth’s relationship survive? Can Georgina help the hopeless succubus Tawny? What is Carter and his angel posse up to? And what’s with these creepy dreams?

My thoughts: WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD.
I liked this one. The plot was interesting. I didn’t really like the dynamics between Seth and Georgina. What he does to her in the end is completely douche-y, and I dislike him immensely now. I mean dude. WTF?! And the ‘Thetis’ thing really doesn’t do it for me.

I liked Dante. I liked the angel Yasmine, and Carter is always entertaining. Tawny was pretty funny too. This book ended in a bit of a sad manner for poor Georgina.

All in all though, I really liked it.

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Succubus On Top

This is a review of “Succubus On Top” by Richelle Mead. It is the second book in the Georgina Kincaid Series. It follows on from “Succubus Blues“.

It goes without saying that this review will most probably reveal details of the previous novel in this series. You have been forewarned.

Georgina is attempting to have a relationship with author Seth Mortenson. Things are going well. They enjoy each others company immensely. The only thing not going their way is the whole georgina-is-a-succubus-so-sex-between-them-will-drain-seth’s-lifeforce thing. They’re keeping it low key. But the immortal gang is in on the secret and they love to rib Georgina about the ridiculousness that is her relationship.

It is during one such get together (and Georgina ribbing session) that Bastien shows up. Bastien is one of Georgina’s oldest friends. He is an incubus. He’s in Seattle on a mission. He must corrupt, seduce and publicly shame Dana Dailey, a ‘religious’ leader and radio host. Georgina abhors Dana and the intolerance she advocates over the radio toward homosexuality, unwed mothers, divorcées and scantily clad women. So when Bastien asks for her help, she agrees to shapeshift and visit him frequently as his sister Tabitha.

Things at the bookstore are getting a little busy. Both managers Paige and Warren are away. Paige due to her advancing (and complicated) pregnancy and Warren has taken a holiday. So it’s up to Georgina to pick up some of the slack. It’s also up to her to pull Doug up on his erratic and jerky behaviour. What’s gotten into Doug? He’s always been great, but lately if he’s not manic and grandiose he’s depressed and snarky. Georgina is worried. It could be due to his band’s recent success, but what if he’s taking something? And could it be linked to his sleazy drummer and a mysterious immortal she’s glimpsed at the recent gigs?

Can Seth and Georgina make it work despite their bedroom issues? Will Bastien bring about the downfall of Dana Dailey? And what’s going on with Doug?!

I liked this book. It seemed a little slower in parts than the first, but it was still enjoyable to read.

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Succubus Blues

This is a review of “Succubus Blues” by Richelle Mead. It is the first novel in the Georgina Kincaid Series.

I first read this book a while ago, but I did not have the rest of the series. Now I do, so I re-read this one before I read on.

Georgina works in a bookstore by day, but by night she’s a succubus. (Well the day/night thing doesn’t matter so much, but it sounded so cool, like she’s Sailor Moon or something, I could not resist. Anyway I digress…) She seduces men and takes some of their life force. She’s immortal and she can shapeshift, including her clothing (which is pretty nifty!).

But Georgina is not your ordinary succubus. She only feeds on scumbags and lowlifes as a rule. She’d be better fed if she seduced a good man, but Georgina doesn’t think it’s fair of her to do so.

At her day job she gets to meet her all time favourite author, and manages to make a pretty embarrassing first impression. Seth Mortenson is nothing like she had imagined. But he is intriguing all the same. And so is Roman. A sexy guy she meets at the store who saves her from embarrassment by pretending he has a date with her.

In the underworld, immortals are being attacked. First her vampire arch nemesis, then her friend. What’s going on? And who is doing this to the immortals? Is it a vampire hunter? Or something else? And can Georgina keep her distance from the attractive mortals?

I always enjoy Mead’s work. She is an entertaining writer and it’s easy to keep reading her books. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series now that I own it.

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