Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Succubus Blues by: Richelle Mead

When I found out Richelle Mead had a series for adults after finding the Vampire Academy series, I knew I had to read it. And I'm so glad I did.

Here's the summary on the back of the book [it's amazing]:

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 getup 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...

This book is entertaining, well written, fast-paced, has great characters, and it's a promising start to the series. I loved it. I read it quickly, it's easy just to whip through the novel. It's one I'm going to have to buy [I rented it from the library].

I like that Georgiana struggles with her past and who she is. That conflict is real and relatable. Everyone regrets things and wishes they could change what they've done. I think that struggle is the core of the novel and a really important part of making the novel work, in the end.

A character I really liked was Carter, the angel. I love that Mead had an angel be friends with a demon, and hang out with other immortals. And I loved the conversation that takes place between him and Georgiana at the end of the novel. [Don't want to give anything away, now.]

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Richelle Mead and anyone who likes paranormal romance, highly entertaining, stories.

My rating: 9/10

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