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× Read × Incubus by Juliet Dark Á Such a complicated book rating The Demon Lover takes a lover of Gothic fiction, books and old legends and lore and plants her in a small town where most of the residents and co workers at the local college aren t what they seem The slow paced story lands Callie in interesting situations as she s drawn to a rambling, old house filled with the legend of an Incubus, and by the end of the book the reader isn t sure who to trust Truthfully Callie seems TOO trusting of some of the residents I don t particularly care, and not trusting enough of a particular Incubus, but that aside it s a unique story.
First, there s always instant kudos for main characters who are book lovers Not only that, but she has her class watch gothic films like Rebecca, Dracula, and a few others What a fun class that must be There s some red herrings on who is who and what is what I finally guessed one of them accurately, but it goes through my mind on several occasions that someone else may be a villain or friend in disguise For example, hasn t she ever heard not to trust the fae We shall see.
While the premise is strong and the plotline drew me in right away, the slow paced story seemed to lose its direction a few times The author could have combatted this by tying up some loose ends sooner, chopping down on small things that could have been left out of the story, or else adding in a littlesteam For a story that involves an Incubus, it s disturbingly vague on intimate details, even if you do realize its going on quite a bit But stillGothic vibes galore and paranormally rich, this would have been a four star had it not been for that ending Depressing and slightly lackluster, it soured my enjoyment down a star, but I m curious on the second and how much better I m sure this series will keep getting.
And seriously, I want to be a literature professor of gothic literature No Shakespeare needed for me, thanks Is there even such a thing Some fictional characters have all the luck.
The Demon Lover4.
5 StarsAfter writing a bestselling book on demon lovers in literature and folklore, Callie Macfay is offered a position at Fairwick College in a small remote town in the Catskill mountains Despite her academic expertise, Callie does not believe in things that go bump in the night and dismisses the sensual and erotic dreams that she begins experiencing That is until she realizes the dreams are dangerously real and Fairwick is a haven forthan one supernatural creature To begin with, it should be noted that this book is not YA It is definitely an adult book with descriptive and explicit sex scenes Now that that is out of the way Lovers of Deborah Harkness s All Souls Trilogy will no doubt enjoy and appreciate this book While not as intricate in its world building or characterization as A Discovery of Witches, The Demon Lover is, nevertheless, rich in ambience, suspense and romance The gothic atmosphere, literary and folkloric references and charming small town setting and characters all work together to create an immersive and captivating reading experience Callie Macfay is an easy heroine to identify with She is a smart, resourceful and personable woman who cares about her students and the townsfolk she has come to view as friends and even family Her strength of character comes to the fore as she faces not only the knowledge that the lover of her dreams is not what he seems, but also the darkness of her deepest thoughts and desires The paranormal elements are the main focus of the story as readers are introduces to a host of supernatural creatures from witches and vampires to brownies and fairies Each is fully fleshed out and adds to the compelling dynamics of both the world building and the mystery Although the mystery and attendant romance are quite good, they are still the weakest aspect of the story mainly due to the fact that the twists and turns are rather obvious Moreover, Callie s relationship with her demon lover is by its very nature problematic as his actions and manipulations preclude him from being considered a true hero In sum, this is a beautifully written and well researched story However, readers expecting a happy ending may be disappointed at the way events turn out Nevertheless, there is an ongoing storyline and it will be interesting to see how things develop following the revelations in this installment.
1,5 starsI lost four days of my life with this story I m stubborn , so.
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excuse me some ramblings.
I m sorry, but this was one of the most boring books i ve ever read What happened here Where was the story of the demon lover Where was the romance Where was the intensity Each night I woke or thought I awoke to a moonlit room The shadows reached for me and swelled into the dark lover I d feel his weight on my chest and then, just when I thought I d suffocate, he d press his lips to mine and blow his breath into my lungs and we d make love long, deep, utterly spine rocking, toe curling sex that went until the first light of day.
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0 Where In the salacious descriptions of Dalhia s books That by the way, where not sexy.
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or eroticbut ugh.
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or meh.
The title of this book.
lol, well, that was really pushing it Maybe if it had been called My brief encounters with the tides and shadows of lips and fingersi would have been okay with it.
but calling this The demon Lover , well that would ve implied that this would have been the main focus of all the words that i read, until i got to the last page In case, you re missing the point It wasn t This could have been good There the reason why i kept reading it Because i wanted it to get better I really did I wanted to read about the Incubus, and in the end i wanted to hear about Liam The only interesting character in the god damn book Callie was a pretentious character, who in a blink of an eye took to being a magical being, with absolutely no problem whatsoever Hey i m the gatekeeperNo problemHey, the iron rat has just transformed itself into a living beingNo problem Hey, i may be falling in love with Liam, and i don t know if he s really the Incubus, but since my good friends, the witches, say he is, then i m going to hurt him, and sending to a bleak and dark placeand hey, since i m not vain, or anything Right , i have no problem in dying and transforming myself into shadows such as the demon lover Because i don t want him in the flesh and the bone doesn t matter that the poor guy, has been trying to become human once and for all , What i do WANT is, this dark and misterious shadow creature Logic, please Then i have to say, that, just because one is making soup, it doesn t mean that one will have to use all the available ingredients in the world Because, then, the soup, that could have been tasty, becomes.
not eatable, at all.
Capice What was this A zoo of supernaturals Vampires i m sorry, they prefer to be called by nocturnals.
, witches, demons daimons , Incubus, succubus, brownies, fairies, norsewhateverrats Hey, the rat can type in the computer facepalm and other animals that are the supernaturals familiarsthis was just too muchand not interesting at all.
Even though, the writing was not that bad, and i would like to know what will happen with, you know who, i cannot force myself to read the second one.
It seems like a great book, just not really my style.
True, I only read about 20%, but I can t get into it Don t get me wrong, it s great and pretty well written, but it s just too not my type Pretty slow paced, lots of descriptions and details that I don t really care about Worth giving it a try though, the plot is damn interesting and the characters seem to have potential.
Great news If you re a fan of Deborah Harkness her All Souls trilogy, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.
Otherwise, don t bother I was going to give this the thorough snark treatment with snippets, gifs, eyerolling, etc but then I decided not to bother There s nothing original, vibrant, or compelling about the book so why should I bother I ve got better things to do Like work Or grocery shopping Or washing my hair.
Seriously, though This book was really, really boring.
I m not kidding when I say The Demon Lover has the same pedantic, boring as fuck prose as the All Souls series Every tiny action is described in excruciating detail unpacking her boxes, JOGGING, eating breakfast, driving homeblah, blah, blah It repeatedly bludgeons the reader with its air of entitled academic warbling holier than thou attitude of progressive social amenities relationships It s narrated by a pedantic, haughty moo who still manages to be one of the most Wonderbread heroines I ve encountered since A Discovery of Witches.
Truly, reading her voice was like watching paint dry It also manages to be one of the most unoriginal urban fantasy plots on the planet the Speshul Snowflake who doesn t know what powers she has or exactly how Speshul she is let alone her potential , yet the experienced paranormal practitioners immediately gather round include her in everything that everything else has been leading up to for hundreds of years because they can t live without her input on the fate of life, the universe, everything She s just that powerful awesome SQUEE Spare me.
What else to expect Well, there s a prophecy There s a Destined Twu Wuv There aremagical beings that you can shake a stick at, yet the Snowflake in question doesn t bat an eyelash becauseshe s a 26 year old prodigy professor of folktales mythology I can t I WON T Rarely have I seen such a self congratulatory excuse for puerile urban fantasy dreck, I resent the book repeatedly dragging Ann Radcliffe, Jane Eyre, Victoria Holt, Anne Rice, The Madwoman in the Attic, Dark Shadows, 1960s pulp goffick nightgown clad heroines everywhere into this unimpressive example of highly derivative urban fantasy Aside from the mysterious mansion, this is not a gothic novel And while it s true that gothic fiction particularly in the Radcliffe Byronic era has ties to dark mythology folktales, this book somehow manages to distill an awesomely diverse genre into dry academic warble The name dropping in this book was epic, honestly It embarrassed me Granted, I m not a professional.
My gothic readings are a beloved hobby, not a careerbut such an elitist attitude toward the genre made me cringe, the gothic refs didn t mesh with urban fantasy plot At all.
Goodbye, good riddance.
I should have known I wasn t going to enjoy this The strapline of if you love Stephenie Meyer s books and Charlaine Harris s Sookie Stackhouse novels should have set off big enough alarm bells to dissuade me altogether But it s Carol Goodman She s by no means my favourite author of all time or anything, but I ve read three very enjoyable books from her oeuvre of gothic mysteries, and have always found her work to be excellent comfort reading well written and packed with themes I relish solitary protagonists, mysterious deaths dark secrets, classical references, twists galore I could see from the plot summary that this latest book, apparently the first in a series, had been given a paranormal romance spin, and it s true that this wouldn t normally appeal to me But I do like stories with spooky, magical underpinnings, and I was hopeful that Goodman s talent would elevate this and turn it into a successful blend of literary fiction, fantasy and romance.
So I really did try to like it I honestly did my best But it s DREADFUL Right from the first few pages, I had misgivings the book feels very rushed, and is full of spelling and grammar errors and frequent repetition I was ready to scream if I had to read the phrase Queen Anne Victorian onetime Even the layout of the pages looks cheap and tacky The character names are ridiculous there is no way I m ever going to take someone seriously if they re being referred to as Dean Book and as for the utterly cringeworthy sex dream scenes the less said the better By the time I reached chapter six, I couldn t bear to waste anyof my time on it.
NB This book is to be published under the title The Demon Lover in the US, and under a pseudonym, Juliet Dark which just goes to show exactly how much of a departure it is for Goodman, and how different the target market is It will probably give greater enjoyment to readers who typically enjoy stories of this genre, but as far as I m concerned, Goodman should stick to the aforementioned gothic mysteries.
I Gasped, Or Tried To My Mouth Opened, But I Couldn T Draw Breath His Lips, Pearly Wet, Parted And He Blew Into My Mouth My Lungs Expanded Beneath His Weight When I Exhaled He Sucked My Breath In And His Weight Turned From Cold Marble Into Warm Living Flesh Since Accepting A Teaching Position At Remote Fairwick College In Upstate New York, Callie McFay Has Experienced The Same Disturbingly Sensual Dream Every Night A Mist Enters Her Bedroom, Then Takes The Shape Of A Virile, Seductive Stranger Who Proceeds To Ravish Her In The Most Toe Curling, Wholly Satisfying Ways Possible Perhaps These Dreams Are The Result Of Her Having Written The Bestselling Book The Sex Lives Of Demon Lovers Callie S Lifelong Passion Is The Intersection Of Lurid Fairy Tales And Gothic Literature Which Is Why She S Found Herself At Fairwick S Renowned Folklore Department, Living In A Once Stately Victorian House That, At First Sight, Seemed To Call Her NameBut Callie Soon Realizes That Her Dreams Are Alarmingly Real She Has A Demon Lover An Incubus And He Will Seduce Her, Pleasure Her, And Eventually Suck The Very Life From Her Then Callie Makes Another Startling Discovery Her Incubus Is Not The Only Mythical Creature In Fairwick As The Tenured Witches Of The College And The Resident Fairies In The Surrounding Woods Prepare To Cast Out The Demon, Callie Must Accomplish Something Infinitely Difficult Banishing This Supernatural Lover From Her Heart This is where all stories start, on the edge of a dark wood When I read that sentence I knew I had to get this book, the cover looked creepy and the story on the back cover seemed promising I haven t read it yet, but I can t wait.
I started this book finally and I m shocked that I haven t started sooner It s so good, gothic and has this mood I like in books The funny thing is, I can t read until evening and this book isn t made for night, it will freak you out Every sound and movement scares me, and yet I can t stop I must order the other two books This book shouldn t be compared with Twilight or True Blood, it s unique, beautifully written and extremely exciting Really good premise hot demon lover that comes to you every night Yes, please but ultimately falls flat Callie McFay is a little too unbelievable of a character to be true She s 26, has a Ph.
D, and is a successful author of a book on demon lovers She s pretty knowledgeable since one has been visiting her since her parents untimely demise when she was but 12 years old 12 years old Ew, pedo Incubus much Callie accepts a teaching position at a small, second rate university in a sleepy little town mainly because she falls in love with a house and decides she wants to buy it on the spot It turns out, the town, the faculty, the students, actually, pretty much everyone is not who they seem.
I didn t like this book much because there is just too much thrown at us It s not a problem of information overload and confusing plot, I have the attention span of a gnat and I kept track of everything just fine, it s just too much at once, and not all of it relevant to the plot It feels like a bunch of vignettes all thrown together, each with their own plot rather than a huge mystery leading to a climax no pun intended.
Callie herself is rather colorless She s smart, she is not TSTL, which is a definite plus, but it just doesn t seem like she is a well developed character There is no depth there, just someone to whom you d be friendly, but by the end, I just feel like I m not that attached to her It s not a big problem, but I like being sympathetic to and actually liking the characters about whom I m readingIt s like I just got to know her on a superficial level.
This book had such promise for me after reading the summary I thought it was going to be a paranormal romance with modern and gothic elements woven into the story, but this book was nothing like I expected.
The book starts out slow for me and doesn t pick up much after that The character of Callie was hard to get attached to in the fact that I couldn t find myself really liking her I am not sure if it was her personality or the overall writing of this character but Callie never evolved into a true character in my mind I also felt the cover to be misleading as well When you look at the cover before reading the summary, you expect it to be young adult That cover just screams that genre to me Then when you read the summary, you realize this is in no way a young adult book The sex scenes involved in this book were poorly executed and just creepy at times Also, unless you are a fan of heavy narrating, be prepared for quite a bit of story with very little dialogue Predictability is very prominent in the story as you will have figured out the plot line very early on So if you are looking for suspense and drama in that aspect, be prepared to be disappointed.
This was one of those books that I had to force myself to finish and it felt like a chore reading it instead of enjoyment This is book is proof that you can t judge a book by its cover, but also by its summary.