Book: Succubus Blues, Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Release Date: March 1st, 2007
Rating: 4 stars
Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors – I love both the Vampire Academy series and her Bloodlines series. I’d heard good things for this series and was not disappointed.
Georgina Kincaid isn’t like most female protagonists (when this book was released anyway, and this is before the debut of Rose Hathaway and Katniss Everdeen) – she isn’t a complete shallow-haired person who only worries about vain things like shoes or clothes. She’s realistically flawed but tries her best to mend any mistakes she’s made. Although Georgina is a succubus (a female supernatural entity whose job is to seduce men, to give her life force so that she can continue to survive), her heart isn’t into it.
She isn’t an evil character by any means – she enjoys the game she plays as a succubus; dressing up and seeing the lust on men’s faces, but she hates the results: waking up afterwards and seeing a good man’s life force literally sucked out of him. She acts just like any human – loves coffee, has an ordinary job at a bookstore and owns a cat. She’s written as an increasingly likable character, and her witty quips made me laugh aloud more than once. Until you hear her backstory (which is weaved in perfectly) it’s hard to imagine why she’d give up her mortal soul to take them from men.
This book has a lot of great characters, (albeit some are only there as friends with no real reason. I wonder whether they’ll actually have a purpose in the rest of the series?) And, like Georgina, written in a fairly human-like manner. Although it is technically an adult book, the sex scenes are fairly short and few in between. The plot of the story is mysterious and leaves you guessing until the end.
Definitely a read for any fantasy- crazed reader.