Title: Succubus Blues
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Date Published: March 1st, 2007
Succubus (n.) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid.
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 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 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…
I’m a big fan of Mead’s Vampire Academy (and it’s spinoff Bloodlines), but I’ve never read any of her adult books yet. I’ve had Succubus Blues on my to-read list since, oh 2010, though. So it’s something I’ve been eying for awhile.
While I can say I definitely didn’t connect as quickly with this book as I did with the Vampire Academy world, I did really enjoy it. It’s entertaining and Georgina is just the right amount of witty and snarky to keep her fun and loveable and far away from annoying and bitchy. So that’s a plus. Mead definitely knows how to write female leads in my opinion. I always love the perspectives she ends up putting us in and in that aspect, she definitely succeeded with Georgina.
Where I think things fell a little bit flat though was with the various love interests (or potential love interests as it were) that we’re introduced to. I didn’t really feel all that connected to any of them, and truly none of them felt really worthy of fun, yet deeply troubled, Georgina. I wanted someone more for her. Honestly, other than Georgie, I felt most attached to Carter, who has a pretty small role at this point. I’m not sure if he’ll play a bigger part of the series in the future books, but I liked him the most and yet he’s not even a love interest (at least not yet).
The story was interesting and kept me on my toes. Except I did kind of figure it out before the end. Which is always a disappointment. But even so, I still found the getting there to be pretty enjoyable, enough so that I plan to continue the series for sure at this point.
Overall, this book didn’t hold quite as strong for me as Vampire Academy did (sorry, can’t help but compare since it’s the same author and all), but it was good and I think it could be even better as the series progresses. So I will continue, but I hope either the existing potential love interests get more interesting, or someone altogether new comes along, cause that’s really where the series is lacking for me at this point.
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