Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead (Audio)

Posted December 16, 2011 by Carmel in Audiobook Reviews, Carmel, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 7 Comments

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Title: Succubus Blues
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Audible Frontiers
Published: December 4, 2009
My Copy: bought
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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 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 best-selling, 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.

At first glance, a succubus seems like an unlikely heroine however, Georgina is far from being a typical demon. I expected to encounter a fair amount of carnal action and I did but the stellar plot line and life like characters caught me completely by surprise. I’m not a stranger to reading books with swearing it them but the language in this book is colorful to say the least. I was surprised by how much it actually added to the story and fit Georgina’s personality so perfectly. Richelle Mead pushes all of the right buttons in Succubus Blues and I can’t wait to repeat the experience with Succubus on Top!

Team Seth or team Roman? What a tough call! They’re at completely opposite ends of the spectrum but both are incredibly sexy. Mortensen is amazing on paper but rather inept when it comes to social situations. He’s a sweetheart no doubt about it but my crush on him wasn’t immediate. You don’t really learn what he’s thinking until the end but when you finally do your heart will melt. Guaranteed. I want him as my own personal teddy bear! Roman’s the ultimate bad boy with the animal magnetism to match. Georgina couldn’t stop swooning over him and neither could I! There’s just something about him that can’t be ignored and I so wanted the succubus to get her happy ending. Unfortunately for her, this is just the first book of the series so I doubt that that’s going to happen anytime soon!

After only one book, Georgina Kincaid is already a contender to be one of my all-time favorite protagonists. I simply couldn’t get enough of her! She’s a succubus who wants to be human and be done with her demon ways. From where I’m sitting that’s never going to happen but it sure does make for a great story! The combination of her blunt honesty and crass personality make Georgina out to be a wildly entertaining character to read. She’s no hero and that just made her even more lovable in my eyes.

The story was slow to start off. In fact, I wasn’t even sure what the point of the book was until the halfway mark. Surprisingly, that didn’t bother me one bit. As I said, when I first started reading Succubus Blues I expected a plot involving a sex crazed succubus; anything beyond that I took as a bonus. When the bigger picture slowly begins to reveal itself; I was thrilled with the prospect of a kick ass storyline to go along with an already fab read. Mead skillfully weaves intriguing back stories and immortal hierarchy into Kincaid’s tale.

Succubus blues is the whole package; no doubt about that and they couldn’t have picked a better narrator than Elisabeth Rodgers. She felt like Georgina incarnate. I loved her reading as much as the story itself. I picked up this book looking for a hot read but what I got went miles beyond that. Richelle Mead, consider yourself officially among the authors that I stalk!

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7 responses to “Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead (Audio)

  1. Fabulous review Carmel! I’ve heard many great things about Richelle Mead and I just bought Vamp Academy but I would love to give her adult novel a try as well!

    Amber Elise

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  2. @Amber Elise – Her Vampire Academy series is on my list too!

    @Amber I @ Awesomesauce – You really must give audio books a try. They’re addictive!

    @Jess (Gone with the Words) – How dare you call dibs on Seth! 😉

  3. Wow! this sounds really good! I downloaded this audiobook a long time ago and I put on the backburner, but with so many new books being released I never got to it, it seems like I need to get to it right away.
    Thanks! great review!