Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Succubus Blues

Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series is one of the few new series I started in 2011.  I am a total sucker for modern-day fantasy stories featuring tough heroines and an interesting supernatural element, but I have grown leery of trying new ones because there are so many that just seem like weak copies made of recycled material, and I hate wasting my reading time.  But still, I love the genre, which has become my go-to place when I need a little vacation from the routine of my daily life, so hope springs eternal, I guess.  I try to keep my expectations reasonable -  and also to give series books a few installments if I can, because often writers are honing their craft in the early books (I didn't get hooked on Kim Harrison's Hollows series till the third or fourth book, for example, and I'm glad I stuck with it).

Earlier in the year, I read the first in Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series (Storm Born), and while I fully intended to continue with it, I just sort of forgot about it.  In fact, I didn't even realize this was the same author - or even an author I'd read before - when I picked up this book.  I think someone recommended the series to me.  I really do need to keep track of who recommends books to me - I'm sure it was one of you, but I can't remember!  Anyway, Mead's Vampire Academy books are very popular with teens at my library, but I'm a bit tired of vampires these days, so this series looked like a fun one to start with.

Our heroine is a succubus, a sort of demonic entity who roams the earth, never aging, garnering souls for the dark side.  I couldn't help but wonder how the author was going to make this character sympathetic enough for me to want to root for Georgina, but she pulls it off without much trouble at all.  Georgina has an interesting back story that is slowly revealed, and she has a sense of honor that does conflict with her duty from time to time.  She's also a hopeless romantic, which helps. As a former book store employee, I enjoyed the fact that she works in a book store, and I loved the literary crush she has on her favorite writer.  It was lots of fun to see her, normally very strong and confident, fall to pieces when she meets him in person.  The supernatural element is fresh and interesting, although at this point I'm left with many questions on how it all actually works and what the connections are - but that's okay, since I intend to keep reading.  

Georgina is tough, but not too tough, and she's smart and resourceful, but despite her immortality she is still very human and has human failings.  I enjoyed the mixture of fantasy, romance and mystery, and the characters are interesting and believable.  I think this series would appeal to fans of Jennifer Rardin (although it does lack the supreme quirkiness and humor of her books - but most books do, so there you are) and Carrie Vaughn. I'm glad I've added this to my ongoing series, and I look forward to continuing.

Books in the Georgina Kincaid series:
1. Succubus Blues
2. Succubus on Top (aka Succubus Nights)
3. Succubus Dreams
4. Succubus Heat
5. Succubus Shadows
6. Succubus Revealed

Succubus Blues (#1 in the Georgina Kincaid series) by Richelle Mead (Kensington Books, 2007)

Also reviewed at:
Bloody Bookaholic "One of the things that I loved about this book was that the lines between good and bad were blurred, nothing is what it seems, and rules that would apply in other installments have been banished."
Patricia's Vampire Notes:  "I found this book to be in the "I don't want this to end" category. Mead creates such an imaginative, captivating world. I had no desire to leave it."
Tez Says:  "I’d gone in expecting a succubus-in-love story with a chick-lit voice. Not really my thing. But once Georgina got serious and the plot developed, I was surprised, and mightily impressed."

3 comments:

  1. I have always been on the fence with this series. I thought it would fall under the paranormal romance, unnecessary sex scene category myself. I have not read VA because I just don't like vampires and teen vampires seem to be the worst. ;)

    I am so exhausted by series lately though, that I am not certain I will ever try this in any sort of near future, but knowing it has your seal of approval does raise it a little higher in my eyes.

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  2. I am going to add this to my wish list, but honestly it would be nice if I could start a few less series this year...

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  3. Cat - Well, I can see your point! It would be tough to have a succubus as a character and avoid the sex. I don't think the sex scenes are super steamy or anything (but I tend not to pay much attention to that, so don't take my word for it here). I think you might like it, but I wouldn't put it at the top of my list of books I'd recommend specifically for you! Thanks for the compliment, though. :-)

    Kailana - I know what you mean. I may have to institute a rule that I have to finish all published books in a series in order to start a new series. But I'd be sure to break that rule because I have no book will power. :p

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