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AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
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BEST SELLERS: Vampire Academy Series, Dark Swan Series, Bloodlines Series, Age of X Series (Upcoming) and other Anthologies.
SYNOPSIS (From the Richelle Mead Website):
As if love wasn't hard enough! Imagine not being able to touch your boyfriend without sucking away his soul. Welcome to the world of Georgina Kincaid, a reluctant succubus living in Seattle who always seems to find herself in the middle of supernatural intrigue...
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 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 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…
"For someone who just orchestrated a murder, you’re kind of overreacting."
Overreacting? In the last twenty-four hours, I’d had to endure virgins, scary vampires, murder, accusation and humiliation in front of my favorite author. I really didn’t think coming home to a quiet apartment was too much to ask for. Instead, I found three interlopers. Three interlopers who were also my friends, mind you, but that didn’t change the principle of the matter.
Naturally, none of them understood why I was so upset.
“You’re invading my privacy! And I didn’t murder anybody. Why does everyone keep thinking that?”
“Because you said yourself you were going to,” explained Hugh......"and I heard it from Jerome.”
MSM Speaks: AND I am back! Hopefully, this is not one of those statements which the heroines make in a horror movie and never return! :/ Ahem.
Sooooo, it’s been a while that I’ve been around. Life happened, few things good and a lot of things bad. But, I digress!
Richelle Mead’s first work that I read was Vampire Academy. And Georgina Kincaid Series, was a pleasant surprise as it was one of the first few racy Young Adult novels I’d read, much much before the subtle variation in the form of House of Night Series by P.C. Cast or Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead herself.
Getting to the reviewing, here's a trivia for you all! Now I am not sure how many of you are aware of this female demon called Succubus, but as far as my knowledge goes, they are Greek mythological demons who work together with Incubus. Now, Incubus – a male demon, in the olden times, was believed to impregnate women in their sleep. How did he do it? Well, ahem, from the semen given by the Succubus, which she collected by sleeping around with men, in their dreams. I am saving myself from the risk of sounding like a biology teacher, but you've got to figure out the math (or biology) here.
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So anyway, Succubus Blues is about a beautiful and humane succubus called Georgina (AKA Thetis and Letha), who has to do the dirty for survival. She is serving a hierarchy like in any corporate world – but here, in Hell. Book One introduces Georgina’s multiple sides as a female as well as a Creature of hell. She can shape shift and satisfy any man’s wildest fantasy, although in return of a part of his soul – making him eternally damnable. The more a succubus feeds on any Good human, the darker and hollow the soul becomes – but more satiated and glowing the Succubus would feel. The lower the moral character (Oh, Irony) of the guy, the lesser the life force a Succubus can suck and the more chances of them to join the Hell league. There are Imps, Vampires, Angels (They aren’t there with a ring on their heads), Demons, Nephiliams and all the fantastical creatures draped in a human-like guise on earth plane.
Georgina had a tumultuous past while she was human and now, she seeks to find one true love, which her nature does not allow. She would end up killing any guy she loved, lest she even kisses him. She works at a book store and loves her white chocolate mochas as much as she loves dancing – in an attempt to bring some normalcy into her living. Enter: Seth Mortenson – Georgina’s favorite Author who is shy, geeky, nerd and someone, who crosses path with Georgina unexpectedly. Georgina’s world begins to spin as she worships this mortal Writer but having him around proves to be both test for her as a Demon and Succubus. Fighting with her feelings for a mortal, Georgina finds herself leaning more and more on Roman, an attractive intelligent linguistic professor, who provides much emotional escape to her. But there is something else happening and Georgina seems to be the reason. Her friends and people whom she had tiffs with, are dying while someone is constantly following her, leaving love notes with death threats on her door. A creature that could kill the ones she loves and the ones who love her, is lurking and seems to be taken by the Succubus.
In a constant battle for survival, Georgina has to ensure that she trusts the right person. Angels, Demons, Vampires and Imps are her friends, but one of them could be the one.
Brilliant character portrayal! One thing I like about Richelle is that her women are beautiful, strong, practical and capable of taking care of themselves. They are not your damsel in distress kinds. They can be demure and kick your ass at the same time. To visualize the situation of a woman ridden by guilt and damned for eternity, Richelle creates a niche for herself in all her works. It’s not your average steamy porn-ish young adult novel. Research makes this novel, worth one pick. Tidbits of history and contemporary observations make this a quick and interesting read. MSM Recommends!!!
I rate this as 4/5! *Much better than any other YA I've read in a long time*
Succubus Blues@Random House Group (August 1st 2007)
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