May 15 2016

A Review of World’s Shyest Succubus 5: Adjustment by Taylor Knobb

World's Shyest Succubus 5: Adjustment by Taylor Knobb

World’s Shyest Succubus 5: Adjustment by Taylor Knobb

A review of the fifth, and it appears, final work in the World’s Shyest Succubus series by Taylor Knobb. You can find my first review here, the second here, and the third here. The fourth review, which was recently written, can be found here on the Tale as well.

I had hopes that the next part in the series would build upon what came before, perhaps tell of Adina getting her succubus powers under control. However, the one thing that I dislike the most happened instead. A time shift for the series, and the main character, that leaves so much story untold.

It’s one thing to gain control of oneself, to find the way to be who you are and be able to reign in your own needs. Telling that story matters, for it is what develops a character and tells a story. Passing over that story for the sake of getting to an ending isn’t actually telling a story. It feels like cheating a bit.

 

It tells the story of:

It’s been two months since Adina’s change from shy, quiet student to angel-featured succubus, and while she’s adjusted to a lot of her new situation she’s shocked at the sudden surge of rage and predatory instinct when someone takes advantage of one of her friends. Confronted with the truth of her nature and precisely what it means, Adina must work to take control before she does something that she will truly regret!

Time has passed for Adina and along the way she’s learned to control her abilities, deal with her hunger, come to terms with her faith… and found herself someone to love. An encounter takes her to a place she’s never been to before, revenge. A dark thing she needs to control for her own sake if not for the person that she feels deserves her wrath.

The story is an abrupt change from the prior work in the series, mainly because Adina goes from not having much control over her needs to being in complete control of them. She’s able to control her feeding, alter the memories of those she feeds from, control her power to the point where everything she wears is transformed into making her look as sexual as possible.

Further to this change, Adina now has a love, she’s settled her faith, managed to get back to her studies in college and, one expects from how things are mentioned, that overall she’s happy with her new life and has come to deal with it.

The problem is, however, that none of this character development is explored, explained, or commented on. It just happens and the story skims over these points by just explaining that time has passed, Adina has learned, and this is how things are. It feel like a lot of story was cast to the side in doing so, passing over all of the interesting aspects that could have been told for the sake of coming to the conclusion of the series.

Seeing Adina in control of her life is one thing, and overall it was expected that she would do so. But it’s really leaving her character development to the winds and instead the story focuses more on Adina seeking revenge, of a sort, upon someone that has hurt someone Adina knows.

This in itself is an interesting story, how that builds up over time I think works well, and how Adina uses her succubus powers to gain a measure of revenge makes sense. But the internal struggles within herself, knowing that if she loses control, she might kill someone, doesn’t seem to have as much focus as it should considering how much this mattered to Adina in the past.

The question of Adina’s personal life, her new found love, how her succubus sister Chastity helps and teaches is also skimmed over. Some points are mentioned, in passing, but otherwise there’s just not enough time spent in the details overall. There is some erotica in this work, but again it’s fleeting, almost skimmed over, in the rush to draw this series to a conclusion. Just overall a lot of things that needed to be focused on and weren’t.

I feel like there are about two stories, possibly three, missing between the prior work and this one. I’m not sure why the author felt the need to draw Adina’s story to a close so rapidly. The work floats on the edge of telling a satisfying story, of bringing Adina full circle and leaving her in a place that fits were she started and all that she has learned about herself, about being a succubus, but more so, about being true to herself. It would have been nice to see all of that, but it wasn’t there.

Three out of five pitchforks.

Ending the series in the way it did left a lot of story untold. Skipping over so much character development, so much change in Adina, telling the story of her love, her new outlook is the real shame here. It’s a jarring jump from the prior work to this one and it didn’t need to be this way. I wish the author had taken the time to develop the characters and story further before tossing this ending to the series and calling it over.

According to a note at the end of this work, Adina will appear again, at least in some smaller role, or cameo, or something else, as the overall series this work is part of, Philos University, continues on. I hope the author will spend more time interweaving their characters into the series, telling their stories, and allowing the entire story to be told in its own time.

Rushing to a climax is never a good idea, and for a succubus it’s rather a poor thing to do… It leaves them… disappointed.

 

Tera

May 14 2016

A short horror film called Succubus

A came across a short film called Succubus quite some time ago. Seeing that it was billed as being a horror film, I was fully prepared for things to be covered in blood, lots of yelling and screaming and, of course, the succubus herself would be some sort of monster. As well as this film was done, as much as I can see went into the production of the film… I have to wonder if it really needed to go in the direction it did or if there was another option.

 

If you cannot see this film here on the Tale, please try this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmPCpI0tvco

There is also a behind the scenes video which you can find here as well on YouTube if it doesn’t appear here on the Tale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrwgwHX_pCs

I won’t share an image of the Succubus herself, in short she has a monstrous face, when her true self is shown, and that doesn’t take very long to happen.

Overall, the film has a bit of shock value to it, there is a story, which works as a whole to take the film from beginning to end. There’s a lot of production value, and it shows in the settings, the camera angles and so on.

As always, my problem is that the succubus herself is out for blood and that doesn’t quite work for me at least. Up until that point in the film I liked how things were flowing, the actors themselves and what the story foretold. It is that last few moments where the film lost me. Succubi are somewhat more than creatures out of blood I think and perhaps a bit less show would have worked better than going for the shock value instead.

My thoughts of course, yours may vary…

 

Tera

May 13 2016

A Review of Pick Your Poison by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Pick Your Poison by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Pick Your Poison by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

A review of the fifth work in the Succubus Apprentice series today on the Tale. You can find my review of the first work here, the second work here, the third work can be found here and the prior work to this one was reviewed here on the Tale recently.

The choices made matter in a live, but they also matter to the lives around us. Love might be something that seems impossible, but it can exist, even for someone that cannot accept it does within themselves. The problem is however, when love gets in the way of freedom. Most of the time the heart wins out in that battle, but then the real fight begins.

  • Title: Pick Your Poison
  • Author: Dou7g and Amanda Lash
  • Length: 48 Pages
  • ASIN: B01FBI0S7U
  • Publishing Date: May 7, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story is about:

This is the fifth installment of The Succubus Apprentice. In this installment Megan the mage finally catches up with Kendra the Succubus and the sparks fly figuratively and literally.

There is one constant in the universe and that is the chances of something going wrong is in direct proportion to how miffed two lovers can be. Megan and Kendra finally try to come to terms with what’s been troubling them both for a while now. But along the way a smart-ass super villain, his closest friends, or enemies, depending on how miffed they are with him, poke the situation to see what happens next. It’s never a good idea to poke a sorceress, or a succubus for that matter. Worse still when there’s a job to do and the choices made might turn out to be the wrong ones.

One thing that has been bothering me for some time in the series has been Megan and Kendra’s relationship. There’s been something brewing between the two of them that never really has managed to be shoved into the light of day and dealt with. In this part of the series, neither of the lovers can hide from each other, or themselves. The time spent in getting everything out in the open, clearly said and understood gave both Kendra and Megan the character development they needed.

In the same way, the side plots with Poison, Lorelei. Amy and Helen, also give some insights into their personalities that I really enjoyed. As an aside to this, the scene with Amy and Helen having “fun” while answering a phone call from Lorelei was some of the funniest things this author has written by far. I’ve always enjoyed the humour in the series, but the contrast between the more serious moments in the first part of the work and the gigglefest that unfolded in the latter pages was exactly what was needed.

There are some really serious moments, and some of them remain so throughout where they appear. But the one-liners, the jabs, the bits of innuendo that come so easily and naturally from the characters reminds me once again why it is that I adore this series as much as I do. It is the storytelling, not the story pushing, that makes this series what it is. A fun read with characters that come to matter and stay with you.

I mentioned there is a bit of erotica in this work, and it’s done in a way that I haven’t seen any other author attempt. There’s heat, humour, and along the way, a lot is left to the imagination, but in doing so, the scene works so much better than it would have if it had been turned into a play by play of what unfolds.

A new character appears in this work, one that has been mentioned before. Their first appearance was quite a surprise and I was expecting something far different from that moment than what comes later on. Kendra has talked about them for some time, and this work sets up something to come in the next, but I have to admit I have no idea how Kendra and everyone else is going to get out of this one with their skins.

Really a fun read, the story is touching, warm, strong at the beginning. The intertwining of the characters towards the oncoming climax of this series is telling. Amazing dialogue as always, there’s always something to bring a smile with the wonder and questions along the way. Overall, the only thing I would have liked a bit more of would have been something more in-depth about Kendra’s past, a real explanation of why she can’t say a certain word, more than “I can’t”. Still, the questions leave openings to possibilities and that, after all, is the thing about well written works. There are… possibilities…

Four and a half out of five pitchforks.

One of the biggest questions in the series finally explained, that of Megan and Kendra’s relationship. Now all that has to be dealt with is an angry demon lord, an angry wizard… Come to think of it, there’s a lot of angry people to be dealt with. I’m not sure there’s enough valium in the universe to calm things down.

Which of course means everything is going, if not literally then really close, to hell next. I might need to fire up the popcorn machine again for what seems to be coming next…

 

Tera

May 13 2016

A Review of Isle in Man by Sarah Wilson

Isle in Man by Sarah Wilson

Isle in Man by Sarah Wilson

There are some stories that are a wisp of a thought, the beginnings of a story that offers something to think about, to consider. They tell of a character that has a story to tell and one finds themselves wanting to know that story.

Sometimes those wisps are very short, offering the beginning, but leaving the rest to interpretation, consideration. The story can be melancholy, tinged with a truth to be told. The character themselves can offer a richness to be explored… but then the work comes to a close and you are left… wondering.

  • Title: Isle in Man
  • Author: Sarah Wilson
  • Length: 6 Pages
  • ASIN: B017UNW2EG
  • Publishing Date: November 10, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

It tells the story of:

In a smokey bar, on an unremarkable night, a woman surveys the dancers in the search of her next meal.

Mare sits at a bar, having a drink, a smoke, and watching the souls around her. She touches many, seeing them, looking for something to hold onto. She encounters a soul desired, but does that desire see itself returned?

Mare can be described, and she does mention this at one point, as a succubus, but overall she doesn’t really act like one in the traditional way and I rather enjoyed that she was so. Though there is really little told about her past, there is a good deal of effort spent on telling what she feels, what she sees, and what it means for her. These descriptions are full of emotion and being so tell a lot about Mare’s character. At the same moment, while we learn about Mare, we also learn what she sees around her, what that knowledge allows her to do.

Mare, and her name alone should point out that she is a mixture of many legends, is a complex being and the work really just scratches the surface of her needs, wants and desires. There’s no erotica in the work, in truth it wouldn’t fit well and I thought that the author wrote in a way that expressed far more than any hot flash would have been able to do.

The work is very short, and that for me is the haunting thing. The story told feels very much like the opening scene of a larger work and I found myself at the last page wanting the story to continue. To see more of Mare, her world, her past. To find out who she is, why things are the way they are. The discovery of the tapestry of Mare’s existence, just in this short passage, is rich and complex. It needs to be told more than it has been here.

The description, the character of Mare, the moments with each of those souls that surround her is written exceptionally well. The author’s writing is solid, there was nothing to stumble over, to try and understand. The work tells of an old soul in search of something she might never find and the consequences of one special encounter.

But with all of the good comes the disappointment of the length of the work and the need to see more of Mare. The author has an amazingly good hook for the opening of a novel and they should, I feel, take the next step and tell the rest of the story.

Four out of five pitchforks.

A captivating story with much promise. That promise needs to come out and play.

 

Tera

May 12 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 434

A lovely Morrigan Aensland artwork today on the Tale for the Succubi of the Week. I have had the thought from time to time what a movie poster for a Morrigan Aensland film might look like.

I think, as a whole, this would be a good place to start…

Morrigan by SB-Mario

Morrigan by SB-Mario

This work is by SB-Mario, an artist on DeviantArt. You can find the original page with this art here and this artist’s page can be found here.

The thing about this art, more than anything else, is how the artist has an air of seductive fun about Morrigan and places her in a frame that just makes sure she is the focus of all of the attention here. Her expression, the way she is gesturing towards the viewer, just makes this very eye catching.

I also like that Morrigan isn’t over endowed, or looks too cartoonish here. She looks, in a way, realistic and I think that really sets this art apart…

 

Tera

May 11 2016

This costume should be tossed into Hellfire…

Hellfire Devil Halloween CostumeOnce again the possible has happened, by now I know that there will always be a awful costume to cringe at and, sometimes, the level of cringing will be astronomical in nature. According to the blurb with this costume: “You’ll look hotter than hell this Halloween when you’re wearing this alluring devil fancy dress costume.” I doubt it. Very much.

This is called the Hellfire Devil Halloween Costume and it comes with the dress, that apparently has an attached tail,  the black garters with red bows and the horns. The most disliked of all pitchforks is not included, nor are the boots, or the fishnet stockings and it sells for $53 US.

Trashy is putting it lightly I think. Actually that could be seen as a compliment as the only other description I can think of is slutty, and really that should never be.

Nothing that I like, nothing that I would want, and most of all…

To who exactly would the look “hotter than hell” in the first place? What universe do they live in where something this awful could be seen as being sexy, or desired?

Completely awful.

Zero pitchforks out of five.

Never mind stay away… Run.

 

Tera

May 10 2016

A Review of One Night Sand by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

One Night Sand by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

One Night Sand by Natalie Severine and Eric Severine

The seventh review of the ongoing series called Lily Quinn written by Natalie and Eric Severine this time on the Tale. You can find my first review here, the second herethe third herethe fourth here, and the fifth review ere. The review of the prior work to this one can be found here on the Tale as well.

One of the things that I have been going on about for some time is that Lily is more than her sexuality. She’s smart, she’s thoughtful, and woe to anyone that doubts how intelligent she is. But overall that part of her has been set to the side for her more physical reactions to problems. In this work however, Lily has to think and doing so, this work stands out amongst all of the works in the series so far for me.

There are many riddles in Egypt, the Sphinx isn’t the one being that has them. But facing the riddle is only part of the problem as is the answer. The real riddle is what you do when you have the answer and what does it mean?

It tells the story of:

For eight years, I’ve hunted any monster that the College is willing to pay me for. They’ve pitted me against vampires, werewolves, fairy thieves, and even had me arrest a pair of their own rogue wizards. After all of that, it seems that I’ve finally earned a bit of trust.

The College has a problem. A mummy named Ptah has managed to secure a stranglehold on real quicksilver, a rare alchemical reagent. I don’t do magic, but that’s exactly why they called me – wizards aren’t welcome in Egypt.

So the High Magus is sending me in. First I need to get permission from the djinni to enter their lands and then try to negotiate with an immortal alchemist on behalf of the entire Merlinic order for a resource no longer obtainable anywhere else on Earth.

No pressure.

But I have some ideas on how to get them on my side. I can be very persuasive…

It’s taken a very long time for Lily to gain some measure of respect from the College and in the moment that she has that respect it seems they need something from her. A mission they need Lily for leads to a promise from one and a threat from another. Given that Lily has no idea what she is getting into exactly, the surprises come quickly. At least Lily will see to it that someone does before she extracts what she’s come for.

The most interesting thing about this work comes from the fact that Lily is forced to use her mind and think her way out of situations rather than fighting her way out. Throughout the series, it’s been shown that Lily, when she’s all “sexed up” is a match for just about anything and anyone. But what doesn’t come out so well has been just how smart Lily is. So many around her cannot see past her being a succubus, or thinking about how great it would be to have sex with her. Occasionally the series has turned, if slightly so, towards that theme, but tended to fall back upon Lily fighting her way out or telling of another of Lily’s erotic moments.

While that has established Lily’s personality, there’s also the aspect of her that cares about Max, her best friend, the part of her that needs, almost desperately so, to learn about her real past. There’s so much about Lily that is more than her sexuality, and the most telling part of that is her sense of right and wrong. This theme takes of a lot of this work in the series and it opened a lot of plots and revelations about Lily herself that have been in the shadows before.

The erotica isn’t forgotten, not by any means, but overall there’s a better balance between the erotica and the story telling in this work. It’s almost split evenly and, at least for me, that made a tremendous difference. The story leads into the erotica and vice versa, meaning that there are reasons for what Lily does and why she entwines herself with two characters in this work.

Of the two, the first encounter with a Djinn, was the hotter of the pair by far. But more than the sex, the heat, there’s a good deal of information revealed about the succubi in this universe, who controls them. A single line that offers the possibility of Lily having to deal with a serious problem at some point. At the same time, a promise given offers some really interesting possibilities, and I find myself wondering about that more than anything else in this work.

The second character Lily encounters, a mummy, was quite surprising in a lot of ways, but at the same time was immensely unlikable, which was the point. How Lily deals with them, the aftermath of doing so, was inspired and it showed just how smart Lily really is, but also, just how compassionate she is. The two parts of Lily combined are far more than just her sexuality and it was amazing to see how her mind worked, the answers she found and the riddle she solved.

Beyond the main plot, the opening chapter revealed a lot more about the College, those in charge of it, and more importantly, there’s a shifting of how others see Lily. Whether that is for good or bad is hard to say from what was revealed however. Nonetheless, Lily having a little more understanding, a little more knowledge is a very good thing and it brings up the question of what happens if, possibly, Lily discovers she can wield magic. Where that takes things would be something special.

Max, Lily’s best friend appears for a time at the beginning of the work and there’s been something added to their relationship that I think is, in a way, a bit of a red herring. It might lead to something, but somehow I still feel like Lily and Max are meant to be together and I hope that aspect of their relationship grows soon. The pages are turning, time is passing, and developing their private lives more would be good.

The most enjoyable part of the series so far in so many ways. The real Lily, the one that everyone overlooks, has her day. The series overall plot might not have moved much, but for seeing Lily think instead of act was well worth the pause in the overall series here.

Five out of five pitchforks.

Finally we see Lily using her mind as much as her body in order to figure out an answer to the puzzle she faces. The lack of fighting makes this work, at least so far, my favourite of the series because Lily does not fully rely on her sexuality as a succubus. She’s far more than a sexy body that everyone wants, she’s a soul that is something more.

This more than anything else needs to come out more in the series and I hope it does. There’s a huge mystery surrounding Lily and it seems she’s getting the pieces together to figure it all out. When she does so I wonder what the fallout will be and what it all means to Lily.

That, after all, is the riddle isn’t it?

 

Tera

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