Smexy: Hello Fiction Vixen, known more intimately as Ms. Vixen, known to those who are too lazy to type (hey that’s me!!) as FV. I am glad we decided to do something productive with our incessant chattering and review a book together! Before I go any further I have to give a special shout-out to Danielle at Alpha Reader for recommending and sending me this book long ago! You rock girl :)
Succubus Blues is the first book in Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series. Before we get into the nitty gritty, what were your initial thoughts, when you read the last page, re-focused your eyes and ears to the world, and stopped ignoring your family (or is that only me?) My first thought was – amazing characters, really fun plot, and I must read the rest of this series.
FV: Hi Mandi! I’m excited to be reviewing a book with you, especially this one. My very first thoughts after reading the last page and snapping back into the land of here and now were, why the heck have I never read a Richelle Mead novel before? This book drew me in right from the beginning and I immediately settled right into the story.
I liked Georgina from the get go . Her comment about when she was a virgin people still thought swans could impregnate girls made me laugh. Her personality and quick wit was fun. I will admit, before I read the book, I wondered how I would come to love a succubus knowing her job is to seduce men, suck away their life force and lead them into sin. But darn it, I really like Georgina the life force sucking succubus. How did you feel about a succubus as a protagonist before and after you read the book?
Smexy: I started this book fresh off the heels of Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles and enjoyed that succubus heroine, so I didn’t have any prejudices to start. I liked the way Richelle Mead weaves in Georgina’s past, and in past we are talking about centuries and centuries ago, and the reason she turned into a succubus and the reason she still punishes herself to this day. Mead gives you a reason to like Georgina, to want her to find happiness in present day. After Georgina sleeps with a married man (tsk, tsk) I remember thinking I should be more appalled than I am. But, Georgina NEEDS sex to thrive, and because she often chooses less than moral people to steal their essence from, I found myself rooting for her more than shaming her.
FV: “After Georgina sleeps with a married man (tsk, tsk) I remember thinking I should be more appalled than I am.”
Funny, I have that thought quite often when reading some romance novels. he he
Smexy: I did however want to know more about the Succubus history throughout the book. I was confused for a good portion as to what exactly Georgina did and the repercussions for her “victims.” But by the end of the book, I felt like I had a good handle on everything.
Georgina is not the only star of the book – and this is where I think Richelle Mead does a great job. It is told in Georgina’s point of view, but we get insights to many wonderful characters. Let’s start with the supernatual folk – Jerome, her demon boss who chooses to look exactly like John Cusack (although he denies he knows who Cusack is. – LIAR!), Carter, the angel Georgina loves to hate, Hugh, her good friend who is an imp, and the “nice” vampires, Cody and Peter. What are your thoughts on that group?
FV: I thought it was quite interesting that each of the supernatural characters in Georgina’s circle possessed very human characteristics in that they seemed so down to earth. Although there was an “employer/employee” relationship between the higher immortals and the lesser immortals there seemed to be genuine friendships and caring among all of them. Even the vampires that tend to be portrayed as self centered beings seemed bonded as a group.
I think my favorite of the group was Carter the Angel. I expected the stereotypical angelic good guy and what I got was a jeans and flannel wearing smart ass. And by smart ass, I mean witty, quick, and a pretty decent angel under his prickly facade. It was an interesting and eclectic group and I think Mead did a great job in giving the reader a good feel for each for the personalities in her secondary characters.
The supporting characters are important in any good novel and I certainly enjoyed getting to know Georgina’s friends, but lets talk about the romantic entanglements in Succubus Blues. We had Seth and Roman and I counted Georgina’s back story with her mortal husband as a romance since their story affected me so much. *sob* In present day the romantic tension in Georgina’s life had me conflicted and anxious. Although I had reasons to like both Roman and Seth, I was always on the edge of my seat in wondering where it would all lead. How did you feel about Seth and Roman?
Smexy: Oh, Seth, bless his beta heart. Seriously, from the first time they meet in the bookstore, I loved him, and how funny was their meeting? Georgina may be a slutty succubus, but she lives a boring life otherwise. Her day job is assistant manager at a book store, and her passion is Seth Mortenson books. Seth comes in for an author signing but Georgina doesn’t realize it is him. Off she goes, telling him – “if he wanted to carry me off and make me his love slave, I’d do it, so long as I got advance copies of his book.” Later that day, after Georgina goes home to change into an outfit fit only for a succubus, Seth sees her again, and with his identity still a secret he tells her he wants to get her some advanced book copies. HA! Seth is so cute – throughout the book, he takes on more of a friend role. Georgina admires him greatly, but she is so scared of what she is, she really can’t let herself get close to anyone. Well, except Roman, who tries to steal her away. I was not a fan of him.
FV: Oh yes, a good beta does a reader good sometimes. I loved that Seth was a writer and Georgina was a huge fan…not that I can identify or anything. *g* The love slave, advanced copy scene was hilarious and I think I blushed right along with Georgina when she realized who she was flirting with. (Please note: I have never offered to become a love slave in exchange for ARC’s…yet)
Smexy: Don’t go the love slave route like I did, it is not glamorous at all…except for the hot sex with authors.
FV: Seth was very cute and I almost wished I could whisper some romance tips in his ear now and then to help him out. Roman, on the other hand, had it going on in the lurve department. He seemed to know just what to say and just when to say it making him very attractive. He seemed almost too perfect at times. I admit, I was cheering for the underdog in this love triangle.
Smexy: The mystery aspect in this book is written well too. Various immortals are being killed, and the hunt is on to find out who is doing the killing and how. In the beginning, Georgina is surprised to find out how immortals are killed who is able to kill who depending on rank. Didn’t you find it a bit odd, that she didn’t know the rules, after being alive for so long? I have to admit, I did figure out the mystery before the big reveal at the end, but I still liked the way it played out and it leaves something for the next book. Overall, I am very impressed by Succubus Blues and the rest of the series are already on their way to my house.
FV: I too wondered why Georgina seemed basically clueless about immortal politics, social rules and overall supernatural abilities, but I attributed that to her apathetic attitude toward being a Succubus in the first place. She was basically a slacker Succubus—I can totally relate, on the slacker part of course, not the Succubus part. When I realized that the other lesser immortals seemed in the dark as well, I thought maybe the higher immortals purposely withheld information as a way of keeping them more manageable and/or safe? However there seemed to be a great deal of information readily available with just a little research so who really knows.
Like you, I figured out the mystery before the reveal. I have to say I enjoyed watching it all play out although there was a small bit of time where I was uncomfortable and wished things would have gone down a little differently. There was one surprise for me in the reveal but it wasn’t an over the top shocker. I just had a face palm moment and wondered why I didn’t see it before. Are you confused yet?
Smexy: We will have a secret meeting to discuss the ending – neener neener to everyone else! :)
FV: I absolutely loved this first book in the series and highly recommend it to all my fellow
love slaves readers of Urban Fantasy Romance. So much so that I have decided to give away a copy of Succubus Blues.
Head over to my blog at FictionVixen.com for a chance to win a copy of Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead.
Smexy: Thanks FV! Let’s do it again.
FV: Oh we will Smexy…we will. (Sorry, I just like to have the last word)