by Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles #1
Published by Ballantine Books Release date : December 27th 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
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Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic 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 writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.
But 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: He’s 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 incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart
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I haven’t read ANY books (that I recall) about the incubus, so I was very excited and curious to see how this could play out. Once I finished and set down my kindle, it took me a little bit gather my thoughts on what to think of this and how I wanted to rate it. There was a lot that I liked about this book but at the same time a lot I disliked.
I liked all the different types of supernatural beings present in this novel and the lore behind it. The way she mixed in witches, fairies and demons was different and very interesting. Juliet Dark’s world building is vivid, creative and very very detailed. However, I felt everything was TOO detailed. I couldn’t add anything from my own imagination because she left no room for them (Some people like that but it didn’t sit right with me). I was also a little put off by all the informational down pore. My head was swimming on more than one occasion. I honestly feel that if she toned down on the unnecessary details and was able to wrap up all the information regarding the lore and the creatures, this book would have been cut in half and been 100 times better. The pacing drove me nuts too. I hate reading about 3 months in a paragraph and then the remaining chapter be a 10-minute conversation. Again, details. I think there were too many and too much she wanted to add but wasn’t able to piece together the flow nicely.
Callie was an OK character. I loved how she was independent, loving and extremely caring about her students. BUT, she was also seriously flawed. For one, she is very dense. I wanted to SCREAM at her on several occasions. Not to mention she was WAY to accepting of everything. I’m not sure how I would react if three people showed up on my door telling me they were supernatural creatures, but I know for a fact that I wouldn’t just say “OK! Come on in. I’ll get us some tea.” That was just odd.
There were too many people in this book. Seriously. We really didn’t need that many characters to be introduced that quickly. There were a few times I was mixing up who was who and who was what. And quite a few of them we could have went without knowing period.
Other than the main plot regarding the incubus, we have several other things going on as well. Again, there was just TOO MUCH. All the events flowed together at one point but the resolution was choppy. There weren’t too many surprises for me except the details regarding who had placed the curse on the Ballards. That kind of threw me.
Overall, it was a very interesting-albeit extremely wordy- read. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, The Water Witch.