There is a new book series that started this past November that has the interesting series title of: The Secret Lives of Succubi. The author promises that there will be a total of four books in the series and the first one, Temptation, will be the focus of today’s Succubi book review on the Tale…
- Title: Temptation
- Author: Samantha Cain
- Cover Art: Matt East
- Publishing Date: November 24, 2011
- Length: 114 Pages
- This work at Smashwords.com
- The Author Samantha Cain’s website
The story is told of:
Jason Gallagher thought he knew the truth about the world around him… until he met her.
Lillian Luster thought she fully had a grasp on what to expect… until she actually met him.
They’ll soon discover that neither one of them truly knows what life has in store until they start living it.
But Lillian has a secret – one that Jason may be unable to overcome.
It’s never an easy thing to create a universe for any author. The trick is building one with characters that have a past and that the reader cares about, and placing rules about their universe that you can understand and that don’t change for no apparent reason.
This book, being the first in the series, introduces us to Jason, a normal average guy making his way through undergrad school and facing all of the problems and roadblocks that all students do… Except for one. He also has a problem in that he has become smitten by a woman in his classes named Lillian… and that will come to change his, and her lives forever…
I found how Succubi are weaved into the “normal” world was well done, I am somewhat disappointed that they have no horns or tails, but that’s a personal preference that I have for them. What they are, how they exist, and what they need to survive all make a good deal of sense. The difficulties that Lilian faces as a result are well played in the story and it helps to strengthen the relationship she has with Jason over time.
The other Succubi we see, are in their own way, quite evil as you might expect from their names and what they do in the story. I have to say that while I understand that there has to be an “evil” one to offset the “good”, there is a bit too much of the stereotypical evil character in her and I would like to see her become less so as the series goes along. A threat for threat’s sake doesn’t seem to match with the rest of the story…
The minor and other characters in the work are well fleshed out, though sometimes the use of regional accents becomes a little bit bothersome for my liking. While it adds to the flavour of the story, one particular character got on my nerves from the first moment he appeared and with the revelations that happen at the end of this story about him, I do hope that it’s a front more than anything else…
There is a good deal of “things below the surface that you don’t understand” here. That will, I expect, lead into the next books as it should, and I hope that the reveals aren’t just little short ones, but well explained as happens in this story.
In spite of all of the good in this work, there is something that bothers me about it. That problem is that it seems to take forever to get the story moving forwards. There is a lot of teasing and innuendo through most of the work, and then, as we come towards the end it seemed like there was a lot of information and character development to go through. Now, I can see why that would have to be as the story to that point didn’t really allow for Lillian and Jason to get to what she was and what he is to her.
But that was sort of a problem at least to me. There is a lot of world building that goes on, but then we sort of fall into a lull in the action which extends for what I think is a bit too long before the next crisis, or important moment comes to pass. I wonder if a little less internal monologue wouldn’t help to move the story along better and in doing so, allow for more story to be revealed over the course of the tale being told.
I’ll give it four pitchforks out of five.
I care about the characters, the threats that Lillian and Jason face are quite real and present, and that makes me want to see what comes next. I can’t give it five pitchforks because I think, as I have said, that the build up to the reveal and understanding took a little bit too long to unfold at the expense of the story itself…
A little less “tell” and a bit more “show” would help I think in that.
Still, this is the opening of a longer series and the groundwork has to be set for the rest of the path to be revealed and, in that, the author has a good foundation for a really fascinating series to come.
According to the author’s note at the end of this book, the next in the series will be appearing sometime in the summer of 2012 and I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here…