Incubus by Jennifer Quintenz

 

Incubus

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Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Braedyn, A succubus posing as a regular teen and working with the organization that fights the succubae for humankind, enters into a deeper threat in Incubus .   The arrival of Seth and his mother, a guard archivist, reveals that the gateway to the realm containing all the trapped Lilitu. An opportunity for the Lilitu to open the gate fast approaches.

Regular life has plenty of problems too. Braedyn loves Lucas and he loves her, but she might accidentally suck his life force out of him if they kiss. If she hurts anyone else, she may lose forever her chance to become human and have a regular life with Lucas. One of her best friends doesn’t know Braedyn’s scary secret and she’d like to keep it that way. Her high school nemesis, Amber, has amped up the evil and petty attacks on Braedyn, threatening to hurt her friends if she doesn’t leave the school.Who is the mysterious incubus planning to open the gate and can they stop him?  Can Braedyn overcome all this?

Jennifer has triumphed again in her second book of the series. Incubus was packed with action, intrigue, awesome characters, and a great surprise ending. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and felt a lot of frustration when my tablet battery ran out at midnight and I couldn’t finish the book until later the next day.

Braedyn is a character I can really connect with. She makes a lot of mistakes, acts impulsively, and feels like her impressions are the truth whether she has all the information or not. She really yearns for a human life and the reader will really want her to get it.

The supporting cast is no less intriguing. Lucas and his hunger to be treated like a man, but fears of being left alone, really make me want to pinch his cheeks. Seth was creepy, endearing, and a great motivator for the action with his drive to see his mother’s work through.

The ending gripped me and I had to exercise a lot of self-control to stop reading when my real life intruded. Jennifer wrote the stakes for Braedyn and the world in a very engaging manner with a lot of great twists and turns to keep me on my toes. I loved this book, as I did the first in the series, Thrall, and I would recommend both. Really, don’t skip the first, because they are both so good and two awesome reads are better than one!

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Thrall by Jennifer Quintenz

Thrall

by Jennifer Quintenz

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Braedyn is a high-school wallflower, facing the same insecurities and complexes that most of us do. Bullies, snobs, and jerks pull their typical pranks and harassments. With her best buddies, Royal and Cassie, she can face all the troubles of high school. But when a new boy named Luke moves in next door, her world is dumped upside-down. Humanity is fighting a war with mythical creatures. Secret armies defend humanity against them. Other worlds barely divided from ours threaten to release a horde of soul-sucking monsters. This was so not what she had planned for her junior year!

This book was everything I look for in an entertaining novel. Jennifer gave us a little romance, a little supernatural, a little danger, a little conflict, and a lot of fun. I loved the conflicts that she put Braedyn through. She was afraid of her peers and the agony they could inflict with so little effort. Her fear of being abandoned haunted her, and she came very close to realizing it. Her identity was challenged and her capability of good was called into question. I could relate to these fears and the way Jennifer wrote them was gripping. Will Braedyn be humiliated? Will she be rejected by everyone? What will she do if she is?

I also loved the moral struggle Braedyn faced during her adventures. She had to make big decisions about herself and others that could have drastic consequences. Very adult responsibilities were suddenly thrust upon her. She thought a lot about right and wrong and how her decisions changed and shaped her. She didn’t face easy decisions either. These were some tough calls.

I have no complaints whatsoever about anything. The editing was excellent, the plot flowed effortlessly, and even the unbelievable worked. This was a definite page-turner for me! Jennifer has written a truly engaging book.

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