Thursday, August 9, 2012

Succubus Unleashed by B.R. Kingsolver: Review by AimeeKay

It's not easy being a succubus. 
Brenna O'Donnell and Rebecca Healy continue their integration into the Clan. Learning more about their Gifts and always seeking someone who will love them. After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O'Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom.

The social season is around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress.
Between the romance and glistening balls of the Clan's social events, Brenna and Rebecca discover life is not secure. Telepaths from other Clans are kidnapping young girls and selling them into slavery.
I really enjoyed the second installment of the succubus saga. Once again the author does an amazing job of bringing us into Brenna's world. I loved the descriptions of Ireland and the different places Brenna visits.

There was more of a back story given in the beginning of this novel. So if you haven't read the first book, The Succubus Gift, you won't be too confused or lost. Although I do highly recommend reading The Succubus Gift.

In this novel I really think Brenna is finally coming into her own in relation to her powers and her standing in the clan. She used to be unsure and hid from the world. Now not only is she being groomed to take over the clan, she has also began to accept her abilities and even enjoy them. There isn't as much of her romantic relationship in this one, but I think that is good because it gives us a chance to get to know Brenna the succubus, and it isn't just focused on Brenna the girlfriend. (there's nothing wrong with that either, but it does give a fresh change of pace from just your average romance novel)

I also got to find out more about some of the other clans in the world and how they are run and what influences them. Again I really like the world building that the author has done. Not just the descriptions, which as I said before I loved, but also how the characters interact with their world.

The only issue I had with this book was that sometimes characters would refer to events that happened in the past. Not in the previous novel, but "incidents' in the clans recent history. The events are referred to, but it is never explained what actually happened that makes them so important. It seems that they have some importance in relation to what is happening in the current story, but it is never really explained how. This happened in the first novel also, and while it annoyed me there, I assumed that these events might be explained in further detail in the second book. However this hasn't been the case. Overall though, this I found to be annoying, but it really didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story itself.

Over all I've REALLY enjoyed this series so far, and I can't wait for the third book to come out! I definitely recommend it!

Til next time!


  1. Awesome review! I like when authors can give a subtle back round so if I do pick it up and I step right in. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I remember your first review and I am glad to see that book 2 lives up to it

  3. Oh it's the second one, I don't think I knew the first one, but like the idea. I confess I haven't read a lot of books about succubus and I'm curious to learn more about them each time. thanks!

  4. Okay, that cover sucked me in before I read the review. Sounds like a great read. And I'll have to look into the first book now. :)

  5. Thanks for reviewing this one! I'm so glad you like this series. YaY!

  6. Nice review, thank you for the heads up. I have put it on the neverending wishlist.

  7. Glad the review was helpful to everyone!


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