Mar 13 2016

A Review of Supernatural by Juliette Lubach

Supernatural by Juliette Lubach

Supernatural by Juliette Lubach

Not all stories that have a succubus appearing in them make that character out to be something more than ‘just a succubus’. Sometimes she is evil, really over the top so, and sometimes that turns out to be interesting. Sometimes not so much so when it’s hard to get past some of the things she does.

She can simply be a means to drive other characters onwards, or a method for showing how evil she is compared to others around her. But that can be pushed a little too far and when it is, as a whole, that can hurt what otherwise can be an interesting story…

  • Title: Supernatural
  • Author: Juliette Lubach
  • Length: 148 Pages
  • ASIN: B00N9AO10S
  • Publishing Date: September 1, 2014
  • This work at Amazon.com

 

The work tells the story of:

Valerie Thomas didn’t mean to get involved with witches and demons. All she was looking for was a way to live out her carnal fantasies. In her pursuit of love in the arms of two sexy, mysterious women, Valerie learns so much more about the supernatural world, and about herself. Now they’re hot on the trail of a beautiful runaway Succubus who never should have been released from Hell.

Valerie meets two witches and finds herself brought into their world. A chase to find a succubus begins and during that Valerie finds out some things that she didn’t expect. Choices are made, for good and bad, and in the end only Valerie can make things right, or wrong.

Morgan is the succubus in this work, and at the beginning she is, as a whole, rather likeable. She doesn’t feel evil in a lot of ways. However, when she is ‘demoted’ for a mistake that makes little sense, something snaps within her and then her personality turns and twists itself around being what amounts to a cruel, nasty thing. When this happens, which takes a little time, then her appearances in the work become quite hard to read at times. It also gets more confused when the story switches between Morgan and a man she last encountered as a succubus who is infatuated with her.

There are a lot of sad, broken characters in this work, Morrigan and Daniel being the main ones, but there is such an undercurrent of nastiness that recurred over and over again that, at times, it was hard to stay in the story and not skim pages. I understand that this is their development as characters, but honestly it seems to be a bit too much at times for my liking.

There are, from time to time, short passages of erotica, but they run the gambit from warm to hot, tending towards warm as a whole. Again, this is in response to Morgan’s actions, when it is warm or less so, hotter when Valerie shows her love for her friends. Both have their moments, and it is a contrast, but the unevenness is a little disappointing.

Overall, the plot is interesting, has a bit of mystery and there were moments when things worked in that. There were some side trips that didn’t make a lot of sense when they happened, but, later on, were explained and then the pieces came together. There are quite a lot of quirky and odd characters to add flavour to the work, which works in a lot of ways. Possibly the most interesting passages are when Valerie meets someone she never expected to and then finds out who she is, if not why she is there.

The work ends in a way that is a bit of a letdown when all that came before is considered. A new character appears out of thin air, there is conflict and confusion, and when some kind of answer is found, it really isn’t an answer. I’m not sure this was the best way to bring things to a close, unless there is another work coming to continue things forwards. There was, in a way, a better ending in the chapter before the actual ending, which might have been better at least to me.

There are a few, very minor, editing mistakes in the work, but nothing that really took me out of the story. What did make me turn the pages and skim a bit was when Morgan did some things that I wasn’t comfortable in reading. While that was part of her character, it took much of the good from the work and I wish that didn’t happen.

Getting past that issue, the balance of the work has a decent plot, good characters and everything connects in some way which works well. But Morgan’s actions and the ending are the stumbling points for me.

Three and a half out of five pitchforks.

The main thing that bothered me was some of the brutal moments that Morgan involved herself in. While that was her character, it was a bit too far for my tastes and, as such, it took a lot of the enjoyment of the rest of the work away. The world is interesting, certainly unique and unexpected. The metaphysical discussion at times was surprising and I liked that. The ending feels too short, too abrupt and too formulaic for my liking. Still, it does leave an opening for the story to continue some time… We’ll have to see.

 

Tera

Mar 12 2016

A beautiful Morrigan Aensland WIP YouTube

A simply lovely YouTube of an artist creating a wonderfully soft and emotional image of Morrigan Aensland today on the Tale. Perhaps it shows, if only a little so, the inner power that Morrigan has in her character…

And if you cannot see this video on the Tale, please try this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXSD4AR4SMc

Here is the completed artwork, the artist’s name is Juliana Rabelo.

Morrigan Aensland by Juliana Rabelo

Morrigan Aensland by Juliana Rabelo

The one little touch in this art of Morrigan that I found the most striking is what I think of, in a way, are galaxies and stars in her corset. It’s an interesting idea which I think reflects upon the power she holds within herself. In her history, it’s clear that she is very powerful, and the idea of life and the universes existing within her form is a really fascinating idea.

That all said, her smile is amazing here, and it’s almost like she’s contemplating or thinking about something that she has done, or encountered. Thoughtful Morrigan is something I do like and it’s one of her aspects that comes out better in the anime about her than the games…

She’s a fighter, but she’s so much more than that…

 

Tera

Mar 11 2016

A Review of Vetusis: A Short Paranormal Mystery by Shelby Blake

Vetusis: A Short Paranormal Mystery by Shelby Blake

Vetusis: A Short Paranormal Mystery by Shelby Blake

Not all stories with succubi or incubi need to be erotic at their core. Occasionally the better story is one that lurks just underneath, the hint that something isn’t right, that the characters need to work out what’s wrong and deal with it.

It’s more interesting when the truth is discovered and one isn’t quite sure of what the truth is, what happens when it is found, and what the aftermath really is. Perhaps that is the true mystery and horror. Not the physical moments, but the ones that unfold in the mind.

  • Title: Vetusis: A Short Paranormal Mystery
  • Author: Shelby Blake
  • Length: 20 Pages
  • ASIN: B00VYNF3J0
  • Publishing Date: April 10, 2015
  • This work at Amazon.com

The story is about:

What’s behind his eyes could be deadly….

When Angeline agrees to a simple girl’s night out with her co-workers, she doesn’t expect to meet an attractive–and wealthy–business man. But what’s beyond those green eyes, may be far more than she ever bargained for.

He’s not interested in her body, only her soul….

Angeline goes out with friends and finds herself chatting with a man, Over time that chat turns into something odd, strange, unsettling. When the truth comes out and what he is becomes known, the real question is what does he really want? And is Angeline able to refuse him?

The work is more physiological in tone rather than being sexual. There’s very little erotica in the work which actually causes the tension within the story to grow uninterrupted. In doing so the story is very strongly written, the characters have some excellent depth.

It is the uncovering of the mystery, what everything means, and what comes next where this work shines. Piece by piece the mystery takes unexpected turns and the mind games that are played through the story are quite well done and I enjoyed them.

The question is, at least for me, whether Vetusis is succubus or incubus-like in makeup and I think, overall, that it is. But it’s goals are a bit vague and uncertain and that brings with it a bit of confusion here and there as the characters confront it.

The climax of the work tells of the strength of Angeline and what she is willing to do. Really her strength is throughout the story and the ending just brings that into sharper focus. The ending did leave me wanting a bit, as it is unclear and vague, but really that’s part of the charm here.

As I have noted, the work is well written, though with one rather glaring misused word. There is also a bit of confusion in the last few pages of the work, but that I felt was to reflect the situation that Angeline found herself in. As well, one more editing pass would have helped at some points where the story read oddly or the dialog seemed a little off.

I’ll give this work three out of five pitchforks.

Is Vetusis a succubus or incubus? Possibly. The hints are there and it does make sense with what he does in the work and the story told of him. It’s a unique take on the myth and I thought that was well done in tone and form. The issue comes to a bit more editing and perhaps a little clarification here and here in the work. An excellent mystery to watch unfold and as it does that story is telling.

 

Tera

Mar 11 2016

A Review of Manhattan Sucks by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Manhattan Sucks by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Manhattan Sucks by Dou7g and Amanda Lash

Returning to the Succubus Apprentice series, the second work in the series, this time on the Tale. You can find my review of the first work in the series here, in which the wonderful wit brought me a smile as this author always does.

The ensemble cast of characters are wonderful together, but there are stories to tell about each of them that do need to be told. Questions to be answered. For example, what one’s To Do List might happen to look like from time to time, and if that might need to change a bit under some circumstances.

It’s good to have a goal, something to aim for. But if you are the one that’s being aimed at that can be a real problem.

  • Title: Manhattan Sucks
  • Author: Dou7g and Amanda Lash
  • Length: 24 Pages
  • ASIN: B01CIXBBTU
  • Publishing Date: March 2, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

The work tells the story of:

This series continues the adventures of the characters from the series “Succubus Temptations” collected in “Succubus Journey”.

In this installment Kiki the vampire and Lorelei the dark elf sorceress implement their plan to take over Manhattan, at least the supernatural aspects of it.

These two beautiful dangerous woman as they wreak havoc through the greatest city in the world, in heels.

Kiki and Lorelei are off to see the Wizard. Well, actually they are off on a little bit of girl’s day out on the town, and that town is Manhattan. Of course it isn’t all about shopping for shoes, there’s a little matter of their wanting to take over things for themselves. But along the way things get a little complicated, and if one of them happens to break a heel, all hell will break loose.

This work focuses on the current whereabouts of Kiki and Lorelei, who left Kendra and the rest behind when they returned to their own world, and more specifically, Kiki’s home of Manhattan. Being that both Kiki and Lorelei are a little bit power hungry, that of course means the pair have a thought, and it’s one that comes with a lot of problems along the way.

There’s some wonderful interplay between Kiki and Lorelei, but it’s just as telling to see how Kiki interacts with others they meet along the way and what happens as a result. I’ll note that there is one character who’s love of books I adored and dearly so, who Kiki has wrapped around her finger and what happens along the way could be telling.

The story sets up the adventure to come, introduces some new characters, who bring along with them some telling moments for Lorelei. Listening to her thoughts as things happen told a lot about her, how she has changed, and, to a point, made her more “whole” as a character. As an aside, Lorelei’s To Do List was perfect, made complete sense, and I do have to agree with one of the points quite strongly, though I might have pushed it from #2 to number #1. It’s a rather important thing when style matters after all.

There’s a little bit of teasing sexuality in the work, but it doesn’t force itself into the story, or take away from what’s happening otherwise. The point is to set up what’s coming next, to explain things and then put the show on the road as it were. I think it does so well overall, though I would have liked a little bit more story about Lorelei thinking about what’s going on rather that reacting to things at times. Much of that comes from those she encounters, who don’t care to talk in the first place.

I found myself wondering what’s happened between their leaving Kendra in the last series and where they are now as well. I wonder about Lorelei going out on the town alone, or going to Kiki’s club or similar. There’s a story there I think and I find it nibbling at my thoughts as I was reading this work.

There are a scattering of minor spelling mistakes, nothing that takes away from the story. Really the thing that I liked the most was simply Kiki and Lorelei themselves, how they played off each other and the thoughts that Lorelei had while Kiki was “doing her thing.” Having an amused smile is never bad, and I did.

Four out of five pitchforks.

I like seeing what’s going on with Kiki and Lorelei, to find some closure to a plot point in the previous series, but I think that’s not going to come easily or quickly. I do think there will be a lot of moments, both fun and tense, that will tell a story. Not so much about the taking over of Manhattan, but rather how the relationship between Kiki and Lorelei might, and probably will, change.

And it is that development, that promise, that I enjoy most of all.

 

Tera

Mar 10 2016

Succubi Image of the Week 425

Sometimes I find images of Succubi that, for me at least, really inspire some interesting stories in my thoughts. Sometimes it’s an expression, other times their form, on occasion the attire they wear. It’s nice when all of those things come together in a piece of Succubi art that I think is inspired…

Topaz Tornado by Lynie

Topaz Tornado by Lynie

This work is of a character called Topaz Tornado and was a commission of the artist Lynie on Hentai Foundry. You can find the original page on Hentai Foundry with this artwork here.

She’s just the most amazing looking Succubi really. The pose, expression, attire, her overall form really all come together in just the right way so that she’s powerful in her character but at the same time there’s a certain allure to her as well.

I think the mixture of her red skin with her hair, wings, horns and especially how the glowing gems that she wears just simply work and make her look perfect.

It’s not often there is an image of a Succubus in flight and I think, by far, this is one of my favourite such images of the year…

 

Tera

Mar 09 2016

Lots of red, but really, this isn’t all that much of a costume…

Red Hot Devil CostumeAh spandex… You do help with some interesting superhero costumes. But you don’t as a whole, make for very good devil costumes all that often. Perhaps the main problem is that tight and clingy isn’t enough by itself?

This is called the Red Hot Devil Costume and it comes with the catsuit, an attached devil tail and the horns. It sells for between $45 and $55 US on the site that I found it on.

It’s quite simply… Meh. There’s really nothing attractive about it and as a whole it’s quite unimaginative I think at least.

The flame pattern is a bit odd, and I suppose that’s supposed to be an accent or something like that. But it does nothing at all to make things better.

I can’t see a way to improve this as nothing about it even comes close to being something that I like in the first place.

It might be another costume to toss in the fireplace and roast marshmallows over though…

Yet another zero out of five pitchforks.

Perhaps next week we’ll crack into the ones again?

I can but hope…

 

Tera

Mar 08 2016

A Review of Lair of The Succubus by Sheba Griffins

Lair of The Succubus by Sheba Griffins

Lair of The Succubus by Sheba Griffins

A review today of the first work in a series called Lucifer and Lilith by Sheba Griffins which has an interesting premise as a whole, but gives me pause. The thing about using such characters is that there is a certain viewpoint that readers have of them. Being so, trying to tell a story with them can be difficult because of all of the preconceptions that come with them.

It is possible to, however, write a tale in which there is something more, something slightly different that provides a focus that falls outside of the main characters themselves. Then the critical point comes to making the characters be more, act more, tell more than just what one might expect. The hard part is trying to not fall into stereotypical behaviour for them both.

  • Title: Lair of The Succubus
  • Author: Sheba Griffins
  • Length: 19 Pages
  • ASIN: B01CEZKV7K
  • Publishing Date: February 29, 2016
  • This work at Amazon.com

It is the story of:

She’s the world’s first succubus – rejected by Adam and banished to her own corner of the underworld. Now Lilith waits in her den of iniquity, using dozens of men to sustain her insatiable appetite. Until one day, a beautiful stranger walks into her home.

His name is Lucifer, and they share a common enemy. But to make sure this mysterious stranger is truthful, Lilith must encourage him to bare all…

Lilith’s eternal life consists of those around her sating her sexual appetites, if barely so. She exists in a gilded cage because she decided she wanted something more. She remembers the one responsible and burns in anger among the flames of pleasure. He comes looking for revenge for his choice and sees in Lilith the means to that. But is this a relationship or just two seeking to settle their score using one another? Time, and themselves, will tell.

The majority of this work centres around a long extended erotic scene in which Lilith has her way with many of her servants and slaves while Lucifer watches from nearby. This, the first part of the story, has some reasonably good heat, but what I found more interesting and captivating was Lilith’s thoughts as the scene continued. Her thoughts about where she is, why she is there, I think were quite well told and, at least for me, made her to be more than she seemed to be from her actions.

Lilith, at least this one, needs, craves sexual moments and her life is held to that. She describes herself as a succubus, as a warning to others for what she chose. The underlying emotion in that thought make her a far better character than otherwise she could have been. In the moments between her sexuality coming to the fore and taking over, she’s intelligent, scheming to a point, but also remembers well what she has lost and why it matters to her.

Lucifer, while a core part the story as well, is a bit less well rounded out as a character. Like Lilith, there’s a strong sexual current in his character, there is a bit of aloofness, and somewhat a domineering aspect to him. While that works, I would have been more enthused if he and Lilith were more equals than how things seem to be otherwise.

The latter part of the work tells of Lilith and Lucifer becoming intimate, and it is far more heated, more real, more character driven than the first erotic passage. There is purpose, for one, and as well when the moment passes, what Lilith discovers, and how she does so, makes perfect sense and I think that was a well constructed bit of conceit to Lilith herself.

The work is rather short, most of it being focused on the erotic scenes and there isn’t a lot of time spent in developing the story, the series or the characters. I feel like another five pages of telling both of their stories from their perspective would have added a lot to this work. Just too much sex and not enough substance for me at least.

The work ends on a point that obviously leads into the next work in the series. It’s a rather ominous note, but makes sense from the perspective of the main characters. I’m hoping that Lilith remains true to herself, I wouldn’t like her to change herself for the sake of a simple revenge. She’s more complicated than that, more subtle and that would be good to see. Succubi after all are their seduction and temptation, not otherwise. I hope that is where the story goes from here.

Three out of five pitchforks.

Far too much time spent on Lilith being sexual and not enough on her character. Too much time spent on Lucifer scheming and not enough on building a connection with Lilith that is more than the sex they have. Still, the undertone of the work, revenge, seems to have a purpose, and where that takes the series I will be interested in. But if that comes to be only Lilith being sexual and Lucifer gloating and watching, that will be disappointing. I’m hoping not.

 

Tera

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