Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the final book in the Georgina Kincaid series, a paranormal romance about a 1500-year-old succubus living in Seattle. Since book three, Succubus Dreams, I couldn't rest until I'd made sure all would be well with Georgina. Then, when I was finished, I was already planning a reread.
In this installment, Georgina may actually be happy with her life, when she's suddenly reassigned to Las Vegas. It's a dream assignment, except that Seth Mortensen, the love of her life, can't come with her. She looks into why Hell is going to such efforts to make her new assignment so tempting. Unlike in previous books, there is no other mystery to solve. It's all Georgina's book.
The last book, Succubus Shadows focused just on Georgina's troubles, as well, but the danger was more apparent. In that, there was a force to fight, attempts to be made to save her. In this, the enemy is Hell, itself, and it's not so easily pinned down. I had a good idea, going into this book, what the solution was, but I hadn't the slightest notion how Georgina might stumble across it. When she does find it, it's a matter of paperwork and the nightmarish legal system, which isn't the most exciting to read about. Even if it is Hell.
Still, because I wanted to see the characters happy, I found the ending satisfying. Back in book three, I would've said that ending came out of nowhere. But, by the time this book rolled around, it had been set up rather well.
The writing in this series isn't flowery or insightful. It's also not terrible. It gets Georgina's character across, and her relationships with the other characters, and events are easy to follow. Characterizations are consistent, even if Georgina wants to ignore the signs when people show her their true natures. The narrative always manages to show things Georgina missed, despite the first-person perspective. Which is a neat trick.
I'm glad I didn't discover these books until all six were published. There is no way I could've coped, having to wait years to read the ending. As it was, I was rather annoyed with work and sleep and life in general for getting in my way of finishing this series. I read it as fast as I could, which was pretty fast. Not fast enough to satisfy my addiction, though.
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