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Something ominous is tracking reluctant succubus Georgina Kincaid through her effervescent fifth urban fantasy adventure (after 2009's Succubus Heat). An elusive entity that Georgina can't name or fight invades her thoughts and nearly persuades her to kill herself. Georgina's boss, archdemon Jerome, and her angel friend Carter can't even detect the phenomenon, much less figure out how to stop it. Georgina's ex-boyfriend, Seth, is about to marry her friend Maddie, and what with pining after Seth, trying to protect him from another succubus, and being one of Maddie's bridesmaids, Georgia finds that suicide is starting to sound very tempting. Mead's lighthearted romp is plenty of fun on the surface; Georgina's struggles with the gray areas between good and evil provide a powerful undercurrent. (Apr.)
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"Skilfully handled... a pacey read worth getting immersed in" -- Pauline Morgan SF Crowsnest

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  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (March 12, 2010)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031W1DW8
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Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of fantasy books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid series follows a reluctant succubus, while her Dark Swan series features a shamanic mercenary caught up in fairy affairs. Over on the young adult side, Richelle writes the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as transformed into graphic novels. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. More at: www.richellemead.com

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tori VINE VOICE on March 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Georgina doesn't seem to get a break. After dealing with numerous life threatening events--in not even a year--our favorite succubus has a new problem: planning a marriage. But this isn't just any marriage, mind you. This is a marriage that she secretly wishes would not transpire.

It doesn't end there, though. She's now being stalked by a mysterious "siren's song." This strange presence only seems to approach her when she's at her lowest, and provides a sense of escape from her depression with promises of warmth and support. Yet, even with this aura attempting to lure her through some sort of dimensional gate, Georgina's wary. For good reason.

Initially, I thought that Richelle was losing her touch because the start to Succubus Shadows was too slow for my tastes. It seemed as if it was the same issues we saw Georgina struggling with in the last book--Seth proposing to another woman coupled with her inability to cope--were being overdone. But once you get past the slow start, the new direction taken is redeemed in my eyes.

Powerful doesn't give this book justice. Georgina's struggles (emotional and moral) are not only believable but also moving. I even found myself empathizing with the the poor immortal suffering from depression. If you had to deal with all the paranormal issues she dealt with, and witness the person you were madly in love with parading around with their new significant other, I'm pretty sure you'd be feeling pretty bummed out too. I know I'd be ready to demand a vacation.

With that said, I may be the only one, but I'm not a huge fan of Seth anymore. I don't want to see Georgina's life keep going "in circles"--which is something readers are shown through a series of dreams from Georgie's past.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Hays on April 3, 2010
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That's what I said when this book ended: "What?! Nooooo, don't stop there!" I love this series and I love Richelle Mead - no one does heart-wrenching angst as well as she does. However, in spite of the fact that I read this book in one day because I couldn't put it down, I do have several criticisms.

I thought this book was going to be the one to finally reveal all, to confirm what we've suspected since book two with regard to who Seth is to Georgina - what they are to each other, really - and what really happened with this whole contract with Hell business. So, I was really disappointed when it didn't happen. I think that's why I went through it so fast... I was rushing to get to the big climax, only to be left unsatisfied.

The plot was really weak. The only real purpose of this book in terms of moving the story forward seems to be to fill in a little more of Georgina's back story (aka provide us with even more evidence of what I think we already know, right?)and *SPOILER ALERT* have a reason for Seth to get shaken out of his misguided engagement to Maddie so he and Georgina can get back together and finally figure things out. I'd also like to say that I'm beginning to feel some annoyance with the on again off again back and forth rehashing of reasons this relationship can't work but must work... we need resolution now, please.

So,what we have here is a transition book to make sure we are fully prepared for the next/final book - rumor has it there will only be one more and I think that's how it should be... well, actually I think this book and the next one should have been combined somehow, but I'm not going to complain about having a little more time with Georgina and the gang.

In spite of the flaws, I still really liked this book.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 30, 2010
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As an ongoing series these books must be read in order and book 5 continues where the previous left off.

Georgina is bombarded several new woes in her life. On top of having to learn to live without Seth, she now somehow gotten herself named a bridesmaid at his wedding, as well as dealing with a visiting Succubus who has made it her mission to conquer Seth, and a very odd relationship growing with Roman, oh and did I mention an unknown force that is out to kidnap her from this world?

Whenever Georgina finds herself in the throes of depression(which is often) an odd force or entity appears in her dreams like a siren's song to rescue her from it all. Or is it to kidnap her from it all? This unknown entity forces Georgina to relive painful memories from both her mortal life and her immortal one in order to feed off her energy. But are all the memories they show her true?

As a reader you find yourself just as confused as the character while she is reliving these past memories and just as tortured. I found the book to be both exciting and heartbreaking. I loved that this book covers a lot of how Georgina became who she is today by reliving many memories from her very long life. I've always wanted to know so much more about her past and this book delivers exactly that. You get to see how Georgina became the uncharacteristically compassionate minion of hell that she is now.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 2, 2010
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"Succubus Shadows" is, I think, my least favorite Georgina Kincaid book to date. It's not really bad, but compared to previous installments it is rather dull.

Georgina is depressed and down most of the time. She is compelled to help her friend to plan a wedding with Seth, the man she loves. On top of it, a new visiting succubus in town is trying to seduce Seth and taint his soul even more. Even her surprisingly compassionate, albeit marginally psychotic, but oh so sexy roommate Roman can't cheer her up. Whenever Georgina is at her lowest, strange things start happening to her - she loses her memory, she sleepwalks, she is drawn to something, something unearthly, a realm of dreams. At some point Georgina is too weak and distraught to resist the pull and finally succumbs to this dream world, only to be tortured by the dreams of her sinful past.

My main qualm with "Succubus Shadow," as I've noted above, is its dullness. The previous book left me full of angst and hate for both Seth and Maddie, and with concern for Seth's darkened soul. This installment never builds upon this drama, it is kind of flat. The characters I despised in "Succubus Heat" are too easily redeemed, their discretions forgotten and difficulties smoothed out. I mean, very-very easily.

The first half of the story is on par with previous books. It is dynamic and funny wherever G's gang is involved. But the moment our succubus is consumed by the dream world, the story slows down. Georgina's dreams of the past are redundant, we've encountered her experience with good men before, and we already know that's it's the same vicious cycle. Her other trips into her present time and involving her friends are more of a plot device to show us, readers, how the search for her progresses.
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What did you think? **spoilers**
I enjoyed the book, more than anything because now I'm more convinced I was right, that Seth is Kyriakos reincarnated. And that he's Georgina's soul mate, that's the only way he was able to find her. I'm guessing the second contract has to do with Seth/Kyriakos's soul. If soul mates are one soul... Read More
Apr 3, 2010 by acmer |  See all 47 posts
Book 6 not being released until September 2011 - Ugh!!!
Funny. Well actaully, NOT funny - I hate cliffhangers! (but I do love the Fever series) I'm trying to decide what series to read next - was looking at the G Kincaid/succubus series and trying to decide if i want to try it. Also on my list is the chicagoland Vamps.... Reading reviews of the... Read More
Aug 18, 2010 by Tiki |  See all 4 posts
The Andrea Situation ---Spoilers---
If Andrea had 5 children, it is not very likely she will get an ovarian cancer. But I am not a doctor, and there must be a reason why Richelle gave us this twist.
Jul 13, 2010 by Lara |  See all 3 posts
Succubus Shadows- Absolutely Amazing-What's next
Oh my God. This was amazing.
Half-way through, with tears in my eyes, I thought "I can't do this. There can't be so much emotional battery with no pay-off". But then Richelle Mead comes out of left-field with the most amazing ending that made up for every tear! ARGH! I want the 6th book...
Apr 2, 2010 by Alpha Reader |  See all 4 posts
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I'm addicted too and I have not yet read the third book--am lying in wait to see how this all turns out. I admit I am mad at him too, but I still want them to end up together. I'm not going to make the emotional investment unless I know it all works out in the end. And, I have always thought... Read More
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