Incubus by Jennifer Quintenz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
While this book is an improvement upon its predecessor, it still falls short of being more than okay. What this series is lacking is development. For example, the Guard- I don't feel as if I know enough about their history and the big picture of how their organization functions. They exist to battle the Lilitu, and just show up whenever needed. There is no society developed around their organization, no structure. The "battles" between the Guard and the Lilitu are no more than backyard skirmishes which somehow never tip off the neighbors. It all seems so forced and contrived because the big picture isn't thoroughly explained.
What makes this book interesting is the love between Lucas and Braedyn. Without that, it is a transparent story with a predictable plot. I knew who the Incubus was almost immediately - which may have been the point- but it detracted from the pleasure of reading. The culminating scene came to a head far too easily.
For hesitant teen readers who need high interest, low reading level fiction- this is a good fit, but for teens who are avid readers, this series may disappoint.
I do not think I will read the third installment anytime soon. There are so many other books out there...