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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead (Georgina Kincaid #1)

Publisher - Bantam Books
Publication Date - 1st August 2007
Paperback - 496 pages
Genre - Urban Fantasy

Source - Purchased

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it

Book Info - When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they can often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven’t stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess getup complete with whip and wings. And she can’t have a decent date without the sucking away part of the guy’s life.

At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore – free books; all the white chocolate mochas she can drink; and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny…

My Thoughts - Georgina Kincaid is a succubus who sucks the life force out of men by having sex with them and I found her to be a very intruiging character. She doesn’t like the life she leads so to ease her conscience she only sleeps with men who have no morals. Because of this, Georgina comes across as an incredibly likeable character. Although she is technically a demon, she isn’t portrayed as evil and that is one of the things I like a lot about this book. She shuns the succubus lifestyle and attempts to live like a human, for example by actually changing her clothes and putting on make up rather than shapeshifting into her outfit for the day.

Georgina cares a lot about other people, which is shown during the flashbacks of her human life and through the way she puts herself in danger to find the person who has been killing her friends. I really enjoyed the flashbacks that showed why she became a succubus in the first place. They showed that although she did give in to a moment of weakness, she was willing to do anything to rectify her mistake – even if that meant becoming a demon. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Georgina and the situation she found herself in. She is obviously incredibly lonely and wants to share her life with someone, but she can’t as she could end up killing the man she loves.

There were many, many types of mythical creature in this story, including vampires, imps, demons, angels and nephilim, and these characters all help to enhance a great storyline. I really enjoyed the mystery part of the novel and I got sucked straight into the storyline.  The ending came as a real surprise with some great twists in the plot.

Summary - Overall, I loved this novel, with its feisty main character, fun secondary characters and a plot that will leave you turning pages until late in the night. For me, this is a must-read series!

Other books in the series:
1. Succubus Blues
2. Succubus Nights
3. Succubus Dreams
4. Succubus Heat
5. Succubus Shadows
6. Succubus Revealed

Other reviews of this book:
Between the Covers / Dear Author / Feeling FictionalLove Vampires / Smexy Books

2 comments:

fairypenguin said...

This is in my TBR pile, and I'm really looking forward to it. I like the idea of a sympathetic, likeable succubus. Great review!

Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Thanks fairypenguin! I think this is a series you would enjoy :)

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