3.5 stars SPOILER ALERT I tried writing this review without spoilers but I just really, really need to vent. So, if you haven't read Succubus Dreams, stop now if you don't want to be spoiled!
Succubus Dreams ruined any faith I've ever had in the Y chromosome. I mean, yes, Georgina isn't perfect and I sure as hell wouldn't date her... but Seth was supposed to be the love of her life. He and Georgina were supposed to have this epic romance... instead Seth just tossed it aside without really working at it. While, yes, he made some attempts to speak with Georgina, he never really pushed the issue. Hell, Georgie was willing to make compromises but Seth? No, Seth just stabbed her in the heart. That, my friends, is something no one should be capable of doing.
So fine, he wants to end it. Okay then. But do it without cheating on Georgie with one of her best friends! Dammit. I don't care if you think that that is the only way to let her down, because it really really shouldn't be something you should be able to sleep with. Honestly Seth, with boyfriends like you, who needs villainous imps? *stabs*
*breathes* So clearly I am not over this. Even though I knew, before reading the book, that Seth would end up dating whats-her-face, I really didn't expect it to play out like this. Bastard.
END of spoilers!
Anyhow, despite the above, I did enjoy this book. Georgina starts to make some real growth. She tries to think her emotions through and she seems to be gaining greater understanding of the whole Heaven/Hell debacle. Mead also does a fantastic job foreshadowing upcoming plot lines. While I can't see where she is going yet, I am really looking forward to seeing how she deals with what she's already set up.
As usual, every appearance of Carter-the-angel was a joy. I love his character, and I love how Mead has gradually built his role in Georgie's life. I also really enjoyed the book's core plot - it gave the novel a Big Bad while also dealing with a bunch of personal issues for the characters.
My only complaint would have to be the R-rated scenes. Ok, yes, this is a book about a sex-demon but... ick. I know these scenes are key to understanding Georgina and her role in the whole good-versus-evil fight but they were just too unsavoury for me.
However, Succubus Dreams established one thing for certain: this series is not about sex. Hell, it's not even about Georgie's relationship with Seth. It is about so much more than that - it's about Georgina and her guilt; it's about the boundaries between heaven and hell; it's about the nature and torture that is existence. And that? That's what is making me stick it out despite the spoilery rant. My hope is that the next book will be even better.
Bottom line? A heart-wrenching installment to a brilliant series. Richelle Mead delivers.