Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

My Rating: E, B, L

Published: 2007
Publisher: Bantam Books

Author's Website: richellemead.com

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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 can often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies, and she can’t get 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 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...

Succubus Blues is the first instalment in the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead. This story will keep you on your toes and have you turning the pages non-stop. Fallen angels, imps, vampires, succubi and other creatures that go bump in the night. What more can a girl ask from a supernatural book series?

After reading Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, I have been hooked by her style of writing and thought I would give the Georgina Kincaid series a try. I wasn’t disappointed as I was hooked from the first page.

Georgina Kincaid is a lonely succubus that can only continue her immortal existence by sucking the life substance from mortals. This is also her job description in which she has to fulfil quotas. To make sucking the lives out of mortals more bearable, Georgina preys on sinful mortals, those who deserve it, this displeases her boss. Our heroine has friends in many forms; mortals, vampires, imps. She however doesn’t have a beau; Georgina has relegated herself to the single life, not getting close to any innocent mortals that may stray onto her path.

In Succubus Blues, an immortal seems to have a vendetta against Georgina as everyone she comes into contact with, friend or foe, end up being beaten up or worse, dead. Leaving mysterious notes for Georgina and her boss is just the tip of the iceberg. As Georgina discovers what they are up against, clarity regarding the actual villain is delayed. Does Georgina’s belated knowledge of the killer help or hinder her in the end? I will leave you to read the book to find out about that one.

My favourite part of this book was the never knowing who the villain was. I thought about it constantly throughout the book each time disaster struck and I was never sure who it was. Everyone seemed to have an alibi. Eventually I figured it out but only moments before Georgina did.

Favourite part of the book had to be the discovery of the villain or the flirty talk between Georgina and Seth. The witty repartee between Georgina and Seth had me giggling. The unveiling of the villain was rather dramatic. What does a succubus do once she finds outs who has been hurting her friends? Well I will let you find that out for yourselves also but all I will say is it’s definitely not what I would do.

Overall, Mead’s Succubus Blues was entertaining, toe curling and exciting. It was definitely a page turner and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Succubus on Top. I’m sure it will not disappoint.

Disclaimer: I do not own this book, it belongs to my local library. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.


Jenny said...

I adore Richelle Mead. I haven't read this series yet, but love her Vamp Academy and Eugenie series. I thought I might have trouble with the succubus part of it, but all the reviews I've seen have been great, so maybe I'll give them a try:)

Kah Woei said...

Oh, yes this one is on my wishlist. And your review is keeping it there too. :-)