Sunday, October 2, 2011

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus Blues
Author: Richelle Mead
My Rating: A+

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Main Characters: Georgina

Release Date: August 2010
ISBN: 978-0821780770
Publisher: Kensington
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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. . .

My Review:
Seriously, I was blown away by this book. I am not usually a fan of Urban Fantasy. I hate the fact that I don't necessarily get an Happily-Ever-After, but I may just have to change my mind with this series. OMG, this book was so incredibly fabulous!! But it wasn't fabulous in the ways that normally make a book fabulous for me. 

This is an incredibly complex world and at the center of it is Georgina Kincaid...a succubus. She was mortal at one point in time, but she gave up her mortality because she hurt the love of her life. She's flawed. She makes bad choices sometimes, but at her heart, she is a good person. She broke his heart and couldn't stand that so she made a deal with an Imp...she gave up her mortality so that her love wouldn't remember her or the heartache that she caused him.

Another flawed character in this book is Seth. He's human. He's a writer and sometimes he gets so caught up in his novels that he forgets everything, including those he loves...for months on end. But like Georgina, at his heart, is a really good wonderful person. He's shy. He's quirky. He's a brilliant writer. He's so sincere and so intuitive...he's just an absolutely fabulous character. He sees Georgina. He sees everyone. He has a writer's ability to observe, but he truly sees Georgina...even at her worst, and he sees the good in her.

Then there's Roman. I don't want to give away any spoilers with his character, but he's also a big way, but I still liked him and could feel for him. I've peeked ahead at the story lines in the upcoming books and hope/think that there is still a promise of something good there.

The entire series is based around the bookstore where Georgina Kincaid works. Awesome background for the story line. She is also surrounded by a wonderful group of characters: Jerome (demon) and Carter (angel) who are best friends and in charge of the immortal world in Seattle, Hugh (imp), Peter & Cody ( old and one new), and Doug (human) who also works at the bookstore. It is such a wonderful group of characters. I really love this world.

There is a LOT of depth to this story too. The author's bio says that Richelle Mead has an MA in Comparative Religion and she puts that to work in this book. There is lots of talk of religion and how the demons and nephilim came to be without the book becoming religious. It's really pretty interesting. There is a great story line. A great romance. No HEA, but there is the hope and promise of a good HEA and that is good enough for me especially when the book is this incredibly good!!


Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

I've got this book on my Kindle. Sounds like I need to move it up the TBR list. :)

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

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Julie said...

OMG OMG OMG!!!! I have this one in my book closet and I totally want to pull it out! A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to pick one book from my bc and thought between this one and another - and picked the other and didn't really like it! D'Oh!

Christi Snow said...

EVERYONE, you have got to move this up your TBR piles NOW!!! Such a good book!!! You don't even have to read the series (unless you are ready for an emotional roller coaster.) This first book is so fabulous!!! smiles....