October 3, 2010

Succubus Blues

I should have done this on Friday but didn't have the time, so here it is, my review of Succubus Blues and the reason why I think you should read this book.

Succubus Blues - Book one in the Georgina Kincaid series

By: Richelle Mead

Published: March 2007
ISBN: 9780758216410
Number Of Pages:
358 (in paperback format)
Format I read it:
Kindle for iPhone

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 get-up 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…
(Blurb taken from Richelle Mead's site richellemead.com)

I wont lie, I love Richelle Mead's work. I find her writing massively entertaining so this book already had a 3/5 points once I saw she had written it. Once I started reading it, it was just like her other books. I couldn't put it down. I was reading it in big chunks and when I didn't have time for that I would read 5 min stints instead. It took me around 3 days to read this one (Work and kids really cut into my reading time.)

If you are looking for a book that shows black and white, good and evil, this isn't it. Mead pulls you into a world that holds demons who are not really that good at being demons. It is only after you have read it that you realise these paranormal creatures seem as normal as day in a human world. The demon who poses as Georgina's boss is portrayed as a business man, not something to be feared, but an annoying boss you have to put up with.
I find the idea of having demons living as we do in a business based world to be a cool idea. It is a bit like Try me and Bite me, there is a whole community that lives amongst us but humans see them all as normal because they are doing the normal every day things we do.

I don't think this book is totally urban fantasy, it does have a chick-lit feel to it (without the whining though) it's a light and fluffy read. The slight love story in the book is a little cliche I guess. There is an unintended love triangle thing happening, but it isn't so over he top that it takes away from the mystery story line that accompanies it.

I don't really have anything bad to say about the book, I love that you have a self loathing succubus who is thrown into solving a mystery because she is accused of a murder she didn't commit. I love the demon boss who runs things like a business and I love the bumbling idiot vampires who are Georgina's friends.
As I said there is a love triangle, I really like Seth he is a character with different levels to him, but the other guy is a bit so so in my opinion.

Okay I will stop rambling now, I gave this a 4/5. It was a great read, light and fluffy but the element of mystery and some snappy attitude from Georgina made it all the better!


Chazz Hart


Paperback Writer said...

I love this series!! It is great. I hope you get to the next 4 books soon. They get better and better!

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