Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Review: Succubus Blues - Richelle Mead
When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamerous. 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 sould, 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, 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...
Georgina Kincaid Series:
Succubus Nights (Called Succubus on Top in the US)
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Georgina Kincaid is a succubus with shape-shifting abilities, she has to have sex with human men and steal their life force to survive which also enables her to recruit their souls for evil. She has been doing this for thousands of years but has become jaded & hates what she does. She is lonely because she can't have a proper relationship without unfortunate side effects. She is a sassy & fun character and you find yourself relating to her & the situation she has ended up in after finding out why she sold her soul in a series of flashbacks throughout the book.
I really liked Georgina but there are also some other fantastic characters that really made the story for me. Her closest friends are an imp called Hugh and Cody & Peter who are both vampires. Her boss Jerome is an archdemon who is obsessed with John Cusack and his best friend is an angel called Carter. I loved the interaction between Jerome, Carter & Georgina and found myself liking each of the main characters. I really liked the fact that there wasn't a black & white distinction between good & evil. All of the characters are walking a line somewhere down the middle - although Georgina & her immortal friends are technically evil and steal people's souls they aren't completely bad.
Georgina's day job in a book shop gives her access to famous bestselling authors but nothing goes to plan when she gets to meet her idol Seth Mortensen. When they are introduced she realises they have already met - in rather embarassing circumstances! He is nothing like she expected him to be but she can't help feeling attracted to him which is the last thing she wants as she doesn't want to hurt him.
While fighting her attraction to Seth, Georgina is also trying to find out what is happening in the supernatural community. Someone is killing immortals & it looks like Georgina and her friends could end up being their next targets. Although I'd guessed who the enemy was before they were revealed there were a couple of twists that I didn't see coming at the end. The story kept me gripped right to the end & I can honestly say it was one of the best books I've read for a while. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series & would highly recommend this book.
Sweet Vernal Zephyr
I'd So Rather Be Reading
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