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Incubus: A Dark YA Urban Fantasy (Daughters Of Lilith Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Braedyn is a Lilitu, a succubus demon, but she's not evil. Her father is a member of the Guard that protects human kind from the Lilitu, and Braedyn is on their side. She also has a boyfriend, Lucus that she has to keep her distance from because if she lets her Lilitu side take over when they kiss, she will drain his energy, which is, of course, a complete no no. Braedyn wants to become human so she can have a physical relationship with Lucas and eventually marry and have a family. For a Lilitu that isn't possible; she'd kill him. An angel has told her that she can become human, but she has to not 'cross the line' by using her powers to harm. There's a war coming though, and the Guards will need her powers to help them win it, so her transformation can't happen until the war is over. The Guard are preparing for the final battle when the Lilitu break through into this world from the 'other side'. There's a seal that needs breaking to let them in, but if it can be sealed shut forever, then the war is thwarted and Braedyn can ask the angels to make her human. So the thrust of this story is Braedyn's search to find a way to shut the Seal forever, but those who she would expect to help her are suspicious and Braedyn has to make some hard decisions. It's okay to go against her father's wishes if she's doing it for the right reasons, isn't it? But is it okay to steal a secret from the boy you love, even if you do it so you can have a human life together?
Quintenz gives this story depth with Braedyn's moral dilemma and characters struggling with conflicting desires and allegiances. On top of Braedyn's search for a way to keep the rest of her race from turning up and killing the whole human race, an unknown incubus is roaming the town, enthralling women, hurting Braedyn's friends and threatening her. Only at the end is the full extent of the incubus's deception revealed.
Lucus is a wonderful character, a boy with strong principles and devotion to a cause, and I love how Braedyn's father always stands up for her. His devotion to his daughter and belief in her goodness is inspiring. Seth, the new addition to the Guard, is an interesting character too.
This is a hard book to put down, but it doesn't fall into the trap of being nothing more than a series of fight scenes as some YA books do, nor does it read like a million other YA books as many of them do. The varied pacing gives gentler moments and plenty of rich character development which gel into a very satisfying whole. The end is skilfully executed and though it ties up the themes of this book, it leaves the future open for more in the series. I look forward to the next book.
All up, if you like gutsy fantasy of the urban variety this should definitely be on your 'must read' list. Don't let the YA label put you off either, like all the best YA fiction, this can be enjoyed by adults as well. If you enjoyed Lethal Inheritance, I think you'll enjoy this one too. I give it an unreserved 5 stars.
I received this book free of charge from the author in return for an honest review. I reviewed it on behalf of the Awesome Indies and am pleased to say that it will appear on our website along with the first in the series.
I'm surprised at everyone saying they didn't know who the incubus was, because I was disappointed at how obvious it was from the first mention of him. That being said, I still enjoyed the action and general story line. As with the first book, I still feel like this book and the story in general could be much better, but it feels like the author was rushing to meet a deadline, and in doing so forgot about some finer details. She also seems to forget about characters standing in the sidelines when major action is going on. (Example: Why exactly was Lucas just standing there holding the sword while the incubus and his sister had their backs turned to him fighting Braedyn...?)
It follows pretty much the same formula as The Divergent or Hunger Game series, so fan of those will probably enjoy Daughters of Lilith. Because of the similarities, it would probably do well as a movie franchise as well.
This is one of those books that I have been looking forward to since June of last year. Every so often I would check Jennifer Quintenz's site, hoping that there would be an update on Incubus. It felt like an eternity until I finally managed to get my hands on this book and when I powered up my dusty kindle (it doesn't get much use) and started Incubus I could tell this book was going to be a good read.
The storyline is as solid as it was in the first book. I didn't find myself wondering what was for dinner, or what was on tv while reading Incubus. I was right there with Braedyn trying to figure out who this mysterious, evil Incubus was. What I thought was pretty great was that Jennifer didn't really let us know for a guarantee who the lowlife was. I had around 4 different bets on who it could be from Mr. Hart to helpless Seth. She kept the secret locked up until the end and I'm glad she did.
The enemy in this series had always been Lilitu but what made this different from Thrall was that this time around, the enemy was completely unknown. In Lilitu history, there had only been one other known Incubus and there was very little known about him, which made this guy new uncharted, evil territory. I'm not saying the guys evil was lacking, not at all, in fact he was everywhere messing with Braedyn's head. Almost literally too. He was kind of a creeper in my opinion.
I'd also like to mention that Amber is a total psycho. She was a normal mean girl from the last book that totally went crazy here. If she had done those things to me, I would have destroyed her. She really got under my skin, I was all GRRR! I don't know how Braedyn held herself back for most of it.
Braedyn was one of those characters that I think I would get along with. Head strong and full of purpose. She may not want to be a daughter of Lilith, and she may end up sacrificing her only chance of ever being fully human, but that wont stop her from harnessing her powers to protect those she love, including super sweet Lucas. Her only downfall is that she rushes into action without thinking. She really needs to learn to sit in one place and think things out.
The romance for this book is on the tame side. It's obviously forbidden and for good reason, Lucas would be turned into a Thrall (basically a mindless slave) if they got carried away. I wasn't all disappointed though because the story line made up for the lack of make out sessions.
I loved this book and I'm so happy I finally got to read it after a year of waiting. I recommend the entire series for the fully developed characters, the impressive mythology, and the fight scenes. I wasn't disappointed in the least but I am dreading waiting for the next book.
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