Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Summary : Perplexing. Humorous. Amusing.
Georgina Kincaid Series Book 1
Georgina Kincaid is a vibrant, witty, intelligent woman with a foul mouth who works at a bookstore as an assistant manager. This beauty enthralls everyone who lays eyes on her, yet distances herself from men and what she desires most, to love and to be loved. Naturally, you would too if you were a succubus.
Georgina, naïve and devastated, made a deal that landed her playing the roll of insubordinate succubus with a deadly demon boss, Jerome. Georgina’s immortality comes at a steep price. Not only does the succubus have to take the life-force from others to live, but she is also required to become the catalyst that causes her victim’s descent into the dark. Discontent with her needs and job description, she avoids contact with those with sound principles and prefers to take her sustenance from the morally corrupt, only fulfilling her succubus duties as survival dictates putting her at odds with Jerome.
In spite of being an immortal of the dark side, Georgina’s kind hearted nature is evident as she creates the semblance of a human life, taking pleasures in the simple things such as reading and dancing, and avoids dating as a rule. This rule becomes difficult to follow once her favorite author, Seth Mortensen, moves into the city and decides to use the bookstore as his primary writing station. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she meets Roman who is charming, handsome, and has an uncanny ability to keep up with her gregarious nature.
Things with Jerome only become more strained when Georgina begins to get menacing notes and she is suspected of murder. When her name is cleared, Georgina becomes unsatisfied with the explanation provided by her superiors and begins to search for answers as she and her immortal friends, the vampires and imp, are put on high alert.
Overall Book 1 is an enjoyable and compelling read. Mead created an intriguing and entertaining world full of mystery, humor, and heated moments. The plot was creative and hit me like a ton of bricks when I least expected it. The pace is turbulent at best. Initially the story grew in a fluid manner, however it became sluggish before picking up again. The loss in momentum is a set back, especially because the slowed pace was not counteracted with character growth or added depth to supporting characters. Nevertheless I grew found of the main characters, each in their own way but I fear emotional expenditure may prove to be devastating. Eager for more!
* spoilers ahead *
Georgina’s character is complex and multi-layered, though many times she resembles the stereotype for a woman: stubborn, fickle, and indecisive. Her redeeming quality is that she recognizes this and has the desire to overcome her flaws, all of them.
Seth Mortensen is a god on paper but awkward in person. This creates an awkward relationship between him and Georgina, one that feels forced. I am not a fan. Sure, I like his dry sense of humor, intelligence, and nature… but his tendency to become self-absorbed to the point of neglect and his demure demeanor are huge disappointments.
Roman is charismatic, handsome, tenacious, and wounded. Of the characters, he is the most believable. I strongly feel that he and Georgina are more compatible. Georgina’s was dismissive of him and the potential he held for her.
No. No. NO.
The last third of the book is rushed and feels forced, particularly the scene where Georgina feeds off of Seth and gets glimpses of his pure and sweet love for her. Give me a break! Where in their relationship was there an opportunity for this type of intense love to develop?
I feel robbed. Robbed of the opportunity for this love to feel honest and credible. Robbed of the opportunity to see a real struggle in choosing between Roman and Seth. I’m not a fan of love triangles by any means, but I feel cheated. Sure, Roman being a jaded half-angel killer could be reason enough to walk away. He was still my favorite character, he feels the most real.
He had a sister?!? I did not see that coming. AT ALL. I probably should have, but it really did take me by surprise. I give Mead a huge applause for this revelation.
I am looking forward to the next in the series.