Monday, August 10, 2009
The Georgina Kincaid Series - Richelle Mead
Synopsis of Succubus Blues (Book 1)
"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…"
Jenn: These are written in first person perspective, and you really feel for the main character - Georgina Kincaid - after spending some time in her head. Although her "job" as a succubus lands in the "morally gray" area, it's her personal life that's really engrossing. Although considered a citizen of Hell, she's really a good person, and you definitely root for her through the books. She's sassy, sarcastic, and quick-witted , but she's a bookworm and carries a lot of emotional baggage that makes her easily relatable even though she's a supernatural being. They are written with a mystery to be solved, but they are well thought out and therefore not very predictable, which I like. These books also have a lot of "adult" language, and there's a lot of sex involved - kind of a given, since she's a succubus - and a fair amount of it is quite explicit. But I have to admit, it's well written and, in my opinion, it's not trashy - just descriptive. I highly recommend this series, just keep in mind, it is adult reading. : )
*The series will have a total of 6 books - the first 4 are available now, with the 5th slated to come out March 30, 2010.