May 03 2015

A Review of Crave by Felicia Fox

Crave by Felicia Fox

Crave by Felicia Fox

In 2014 I reviewed the first two works in a series by Felicia Fox which told the most amazing story involving a Succubus. You can find the review of Consumed here, which I loved dearly and the review of the second work Captive, can be found here on the Tale, was, again, a wonderful read.

The last work in the series, Crave, has been out for some time now, and today I shall be reviewing the work on the Tale.

The thing about not knowing everything is that there are some secrets, when revealed, which show just how tangled the past can be. Some secrets shouldn’t be held closely when they can mean the difference between life. love, and, sometimes, loss.

  • Title: Crave
  • Author: Felicia Fox
  • Length: 78 Pages
  • ASIN: B00LJ2SXDE
  • Publishing Date: July 3, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells of:

When passion sets your soul on fire.

Object of a deadly obsession, Felicity has been taken by the crazed incubus, Marius. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are mounting against Alex and Felicity. Will their passion and love be enough to keep from breaking Felicity, or will Alex’s world be the end of her?

Felicity finds herself held by a madman, who reveals just how mad he is, all of the things that he has done to her, and what he desires from her. Alex seeks out Felicity, her own truths and the hidden ones about Felicity that neither of them knew, or understood. They say the truth can set you free, but for Felicity and Alex, is there such a thing as freedom or is it all in their minds?

Overall, the work ties up a lot of loose ends and in doing so it gives explanations about a lot of Felicity’s past and of Alex’s as well. In doing so there are a lot of “well that makes sense” moments and really that’s very good because sometimes there are tales told about histories that make no sense. Here, the history is important, it matters and through that history it isn’t just Felicity that comes to understand, it is Alex as well.

In learning about now so much who Felicity is, but what she means to Alex’s society there comes a moment where an important question is posed to Alex. It’s one that really does matter and while it takes some time for her to figure it out, it does make a world of difference to Felicity. There’s some betrayal, some conflict, and there’s a certain amount of… worship… that comes from the truth. It explains so much about why things turn out as they do, but it also gives a certain hope that Alex’s society can be more than it is in this moment. There’s a past, one that still exists according to some, and it isn’t the best of one.

For me there was a bit of disappointment in how Marius’ story turns and comes to a close. It felt rushed in a lot of ways and with all that transpired through this series and how much Marius had his fingers into so many things, that resolution was… too pat. It wasn’t unexpected by any means, but I wanted more from this aspect of the series. Yes, there’s no doubt that we understand a lot through Felicity’s eyes as Marius reveals so much to her, but… something’s missing beyond that. Something wasn’t explained and that left me with something of a black hole in the story which I didn’t like to see.

What wasn’t a mystery was the love between Felicity and Alex. It is as strong, if not stronger than in the previous works. That love is the undercurrent that sweeps through all of the characters, making them take notice of what they have done, right or wrong. The passion in the scenes between Felicity and Alex is wonderful and the teasing moments bring a bit of light to the work when it’s sorely needed for all of the darkness that surrounds both Felicity and Alex.

Amazing writing, the characters remain true to themselves from start to finish. There’s nothing to draw the reader out of the story and the tapestry of Felicity’s truths, as they are revealed are gripping. As strong a work as the rest of the series and, as a whole, a very satisfying ending.

I’ll give this work four and a half out of five pitchforks.

While this work closes out the story of Felicity and Alex and their world, there still are a lot of questions left open to explore. I really would like to see more from this world, to see where Felicity and Alex go from here. I’d like to see how Alex’s relationship with her father and as well the surrounding society she lives in are changed by the revelation of who, and what, Felicity is.

I’d like to know the future turns of events that come from everything that has happened and will, there is little doubt, come from this. There’s more story here, more passions, more life to be lived. I do hope the author does, sometime, return to tell more.

 

Tera

May 03 2015

A Review of Antiquity’s Scion by Zoe Miller

Antiquity's Scion by Zoe Miller

Antiquity’s Scion by Zoe Miller

 

There are some stories that, from the first word written, have a tone to them that simply works. That tone is in the characters, how they speak, how they act. It is the history that drives them forward, the secrets they hold.

Sometimes there is a connection that forms in the story which, as the moment unfold, reveals that there are layers not to the story itself, but the meaning behind what one character hides and another simply knows.

To them, in that moment, the real truths must become clear.

  • Title: Antiquity’s Scion
  • Author: Zoe Miller
  • Length: 23 Pages
  • ASIN: B00WQLADXU
  • Publishing Date: April 26, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

Desperate to save her family’s failing honor, young noblewoman Chaudette Merlotte submits herself to the trial of Antiquity’s Scion–only to discover the Scion is an imprisoned succubus, and it’s her body the Scion intends to test.

Chaudette is on a mission, one in which she hopes to answer a riddle, find a boon and save her family’s honour in a time where honour is very important… even if the idea of woman having honour isn’t seen as being so possible. A mistake made, a challenge accepted and Chaudette finds herself facing the Scion… a Succubus who knows all, sees all, and offers something that Chaudette desires…

I simply adored this work in so many ways. The main characters, Chaudette and the Succubus, who is never named, but is referred to as Scion, are captivating, intelligent, and have very strong presence. While Chaudette is the main character and tells the story, really Scion is as much a strong force. Scion is amazingly witty, strong, talented, passionate, but the most important thing about her it that there is not a hint of her being stereotypically evil or uncouth.

Scion has a set of rules she exists by, meaning to her existence that she defends. But she’s more than that. She’s a speaker of truth, both her and Chaudette’s own. There’s a lovely bemusement about Scion that, for me, added so much to the story, how she related to Chaudette and what the outcome of the story turned out to be.

Past the first encounter, beyond the drawing out of Chaudette’s truths, there is a lovely simmering heat that is created between the two characters that turns, at the right moment and not in an out of place way, towards passions and discovery that told so much about Scion, who she is, and how she connected with Chaudette’s own situation, needs, and hidden desires.

There is a lovely erotic passage between the two characters that I felt did them both justice, made them more fuller and more “real.” There isn’t anything cardboard about either of them. They are both well fleshed out in so many ways that seeing the emotions from Chaudette as Sion takes her from confrontation to understanding is quite the telling thing.

The work is written well, the language spoken fits the time of the past, the actions make sense and there is a certain feel to the story that, while it is fantasy, also brings able the understanding that the story isn’t simply about the erotica, it is the story itself that matters. This is something that I look for and this author has the balance so very right by far.

The one thing about this work that did bother me was in the use of the short form ‘Mme.’ rather than the use of the full word ‘Madame’. It really broke up the story and took me out of it at times and I don’t quite understand why it was the author felt that this was a good idea. It took away a lot of the intimacy, heat, and passion between Chaudette and the Succubus, which really shouldn’t have happened.

The work ends on a cliffhanger and in doing so it screams quite loudly for a story to follow. There is a hugely important question that is not brought to its conclusion and that really needs to be told. I do hope the author does return to this universe, to  Chaudette and her unnamed Succubus to tell about what happens to them.

I’ll give this work four and a half out of five pitchforks.

One of the very best Succubus stories of the year so far and well worth a read. Good characters, good story, and, most of all, good presentation makes for something special and in that I was pleasantly surprised…

 

Tera

May 02 2015

Still another Morrigan Aensland Tribute on YouTube

A rather interesting series of images this time on a Morrigan Aensland tribute YouTube today on the Tale. There are quite a number of works with her in some different outfits that I sort of liked, I think the main problem was they didn’t look right on her… for me at least.

And if you can’t see the video on the Tale, try this link:

And the one image of Morrigan that I liked the best:

Morrigan Aensland

I just like Morrigan’s look here more than anything else. She is, I admit, a bit over endowed, but that’s overcome by the really amazing look in her eyes, that smile, and the flow her hair has around her that draws your eyes to hers and not quite so much her more obvious assets…

I’ll have to find the full image of this sometime.. I think this is one of the best pieces of art I have seen of Morrigan this month…

 

Tera

May 01 2015

A Review of The Virgin Possessed by Reed James

The Virgin Possessed by Reed James

The Virgin Possessed by Reed James

As a whole, the concept of someone being “possessed” by a Succubus seems to be a rather interesting idea. The trap is, for many writers, that instead of having the person become seductive, they turn… well… let’s say that their animal instincts get ramped up and things devolve from there.

I don’t think that as an overall story arc, that the Succubus should be an excuse for a character to go on a sexual rampage for the sake of it. More so, it doesn’t work for me when that rampage just goes in directions and places where any kind of plot gets run over by the sexual encounter.

I think that’s boring to be honest.

  • Title: The Virgin Possessed
  • Author: Reed James
  • Length: 48 Pages
  • ASIN: B00LZFW926
  • Publishing Date: July 20, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story tells of:

A succubus escapes from Hell and sets her sights on innocent, virginal Kelly, and possess her. Kelly is nineteen and about to marry her High School Sweetheart, John, when her life is changed forever. Possessed by a sex-crazed demon, Kelly is taken on a journey of debauchery and self-discovery as she learns the pleasures she had long denied herself, and discovers just how strong the bonds of love can be.

 Zariel is a Succubus who escapes to the Earth and finds herself drawn to Kelly. She possesses Kelly, and over time Kelly loses herself to Zariel’s thoughts and ideas. Kelly does things and goes places she’s never thought of before, and her fiancé John has no choice but to save her. The question is whether he’ll be in time and if he is, what is the price he will pay.

Overall the story had some promise at the beginning, mainly in Zariel appearing and her thoughts about those around her and how she was drawn to Kelly. But as the story progressed it became less of an overall story and just a series of various erotic hot flashes that were just barely held together by Zariel and what she intended to do.

That’s a shame really as the first encounter that Kelly has, thanks to Zariel, is rather hot and starts the work out really well, but it is the moments after that are a problem. Kelly has a major shift in her thinking, in her wants and desires and she goes from “nice girl” to “bad girl” in a heartbeat. I didn’t care for that very much as the way it unfolded there was really no struggle or hesitation in Kelly and there really should have been.

Once past that turn of events, Kelly quite literally has her way with everyone around her and that turns towards some fairly dark themes, some of which I didn’t care for to be honest. Eventually John comes to her rescue, for the most part, and he and Kelly try to get out of the situation they are in. But the thing is that there is a specific way out that John notes and at the end of the story, the twist in it, doesn’t make sense with what happens.

It feels like the author came to the end of the work and then decided that the “catch” in the plan needed to go away so that a certain outcome would happen. As such, I felt cheated at the end of the work, and that was a problem after reading through all of the adventures that Kelly goes through.

The succubus of the work, Zariel, we never see, she’s a ghost, a shadow. Her thoughts are told, but beyond that really there isn’t anything revealed about her. In fact her name isn’t revealed until the end of the story, so through the entire work, Kelly refers to a nameless being she’s dealing with which gets a bit confusing at times.

The heat from the erotica has its moments, but in the seven chapters I found only one that I thought was hot, one other that was so-so and the rest just didn’t do anything for me. The biggest part of that is simply that story was sacrificed for heat and it shouldn’t have been. Story and heat is better than heat alone.

I’ll give this work two and a half pitchforks out of five.

The beginning of the work had some promise to it, but quickly turned into simply one sex scene after the next which really didn’t do a lot for me.  Zariel as a Succubus really was one-dimensional and, as a whole, most of the characters were that as well. The ending brought along some confusion as well and that didn’t help much either.

 

Tera

May 01 2015

A Review of The Midnight Carnival: One Night Only by Cecil Evans, Jessica Hoffman, Ashley Garst, Erica Hopper, Liz Neering, Ali Wagner and L.C. Hu

The Midnight Carnival: One Night Only by Cecil Evans, Jessica Hoffman, Ashley Garst, Erica Hopper, Liz Neering, Ali Wagner and L.C. Hu

The Midnight Carnival: One Night Only by Cecil Evans, Jessica Hoffman, Ashley Garst, Erica Hopper, Liz Neering, Ali Wagner and L.C. Hu

An anthology collection for review this time on the Tale. It revolves around a carnival where many supernatural beings ply their trade. And one of these is a Succubus who, quite aptly I think, runs a kissing booth there.

The sense of wonder is something that is very precious and means very much to those that can still experience it. To discover that what one expected something to be is in truth something a lot more, better, and exciting is something special. Some Succubi are that and more…

  • Title: The Midnight Carnival: One Night Only
  • Authors: Cecil Evans, Jessica Hoffman, Ashley Garst, Erica Hopper, Liz Neering, Ali Wagner and L.C. Hu
  • Length: 128 Pages
  • ASIN: B00GBNW8NW
  • IBSN: 9781301628995
  • Publishing Date: October 30, 2013
  • This work at Amazon.com
  • This work at Smashwords.com

The work is the collective story of:

It’s Halloween, and the carnival has come to town.

The gates open at sunset, and the attractions are all one of a kind. Faery illusions caper under the big top while a demon hunts monsters on the midway. A psychic delivers actual messages from the dead and a real ghost lurks and laughs inside the haunted house. A werewolf plays Halloween tricks, a succubus learns the delights of a human Halloween, and a vampire hypnotizes his future prey.

Those who go to the carnival and come back have tales to tell long after the tents are gone. Those who go and never come back… well. There are stories that linger about them, too.

As this is an anthology collection, I will be reviewing the story with Succubi in it called Trick ’r Treat by Ashley Garst and Erica Hopper in which the character Crhel is a Succubus. I’ll then give my thoughts about the collection as a whole afterwards.

Crhel works at the carnival, she runs the kissing booth and she’s a Succubus. Her boyfriend Rylee promised her to show her what Halloween’s all about. Wide-eyed and amazed, Crhel learns all about Halloween traditions and discovers that what she thought she knew about that night isn’t at all what Halloween is about.

I simply adored this story. It’s a beautiful mix of a Succubus innocently learning about something she didn’t know about and all of the missteps and discoveries she makes. Crhel is a lovely soul. She isn’t a stereotypical Succubus by any means and she’s just such a wonderful character to watch and see what she does. She isn’t evil, far from it in this story, and really it feels right for her to present herself in the watt she did.

She learns about Trick or Treating, which was a lot of silly fun, picking a costume, that of course for a Succubus has to be something sexy and cute, and what happens when someone eats a bit too much candy. The joys of all of this, even when things go a little bit wrong, are heart warming and wonderful and I am so very happy that I found this work.

It is a light-hearted piece in the middle of some other stories that are a bit less fun in tone and tell different stories about different beings. As much as the rest of the works are lovingly told and wonderful reads, for me Crhel was the best story of them all.

I wish the story about Crhel was longer, to learn more about her, to see her relationship with Rylee. He is human, apparently, and I would have liked to know more about that relationship. But in spite of leaving that part of the story to one’s imagination, what’s left is that they do care about each other very much and it’s something very special to see,

The entire collection neatly comes together, creating a universe, a story with meaning to the characters within it. It’s a rare thing when a collection of stories has all of the pieces to make the puzzle complete and this one really does.

My only real regret is that the stories are short and they left me wanting to know more about the characters that I adored.

I’m giving Trick ’r Treat four and a half out of five pitchforks and this collection as a whole four out of five pitchforks.

A lovely light read which reflects the passions of the authors that contributed to this universe, its characters, and their lives.

 

Tera

Apr 30 2015

Succubi Image of the Week 380

What I think is really a fascinating Succubus character today on the Tale for the Succubi Image of the Week. Personality is important I think when creating a character. In the case of a story there needs to be a “hook” of some kind so that they are memorable. When it comes to art, an expression, a pose, perhaps a twist of their tail is the one thing that gives a Succubus their character… As in this case…

Succubus by Rei410

Succubus by Rei410

This art is by an artist on DeivantArt called Rei410 and you can find the original page on DeviantArt where I found this work here. Overall I really like her very much and that is because there’s a lot of personality to be seen in her. There’s a certain playfulness in her tail, which I always adore. Her expression is quite cute, again that’s always nice to see. Her outfit is eye-catching and the mottled look the boots, or perhaps stockings, though I think they are more boots really, have adds are neat touch to her overall appearance. I would have liked to see her with horns as well, the wings are interesting, but, at least for me, she needs a pair of horns to really stand out… That is, of course, a bias of mine…

I wonder how much of a troublemaker she is, that expression on her lips and in her eyes gives me the impression that she’s perhaps a bit more of a handful than most of the Succubi are…

But that’s never really a bad thing…

 

Tera

Apr 29 2015

There She Was – Tera’s 2015 Birthday Manip

Today, so I am told, is my birthday, and it is sort of a thing for me to share a manip of some sort on this day every year. I’ll be honest and say that I have not done any manipping for some time now, that I haven’t had a lot of time of late to do the fun things I would like to do as well…

However, with more thanks than I can possibly express to my heart, I have something to share this year…

…and There She Was…

There She Was by TeraS

There She Was by TeraS

 

And, again with many thanks, is the story that my heart gifted me when my thoughts couldn’t quite come together in the ways that I hoped they would…

 

There she is … the day is hers … and she knows, of course, that you are hers and hers alone … have been since you first saw those oh-so-green eyes …

There she is … in her form-fitting dress … the fantasies of how you would love to peel her out of that dress … even as she peeled away your will …

There she is … her body still humming from your touch … still tingling from your kisses … the taste of you, the feel of your hair between her fingers so clear … with a thought, she makes you hum …

There she is … you are breathless … your mind awash in the sensations of how she lit you on fire with just a look, seduced you with a smile … and will do it all again, on a whim ….

There she is …

There you are …

There is that smile …

The party can wait …

For there she is …

 

To all that I think of as my family, to all those that give me a smile just for my knowing them…

Thank you…

You all mean more to me than I can possibly say…

 

Tera

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