Because I read so much for my work, it has been years since I did a lot of personal reading. So when I discovered audio books, my love affair with the written word was revitalized.
I should note however that there are some pretty extensive changes in the Science Fiction/Fantasy landscape since my transition from avide reader to power listener. Here are just a few:
1. There are many more women writers creating great work.
2. The work that many of these artist are creating isn't strictly Science Fiction/Fantasy. Rather it is a blend of SciFi/Fantasy with Romance.
And here is where the problem begins to develop, romance storys and scifi storys have a different cadence to them. An estimate of the content ratio is 75% SciFi and 25% Romance. So you have 3 or 4 scenes in the romance area. But the power and intensity in the romance scenes is out of proportion with the writing in the rest of the story.
Yes, I know I am rambling on but here is my point.
Richelle's Succubus Blues is one of just a few novels where the Romance elements are neatly integrated into the story so that I wouldn't call it anything other than a Fantasy novel. Where many of today's female authors seem to be writing Romance novels designed to entice women and young girls into the SciFi/Fantasy realm, Richelle has written a smart, funny, and provocative Fantasy novel from a womens perspective.
So when I finished this book. I smiled.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
I really enjoyed Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series and wanted to give her adult writing a try. So during different audio sales I've finally purchased the whole series and after having them in my audible.com library for a while; I thought it was time to finally start the series.
I'm really glad I did! I wasn't sure what to expect going in and I was pleasantly surprised by the humor. I was picturing a darker listen. Georgina is the first succubus character I've read. I was picturing her being a lot like Bo on Lost Girl but that's not the case.
Yeah, she feeds from the energy she takes during sex but she can also shapeshift which is pretty cool. There's a funny scene at the being where she shifts into a demoness, or at least what the nerd she is about to sleep with thinks a demoness should look it.
When Georgia feeds from a male it takes years off his life, so after many years of feeding from anything with a penis she now sticks to douche bags so that she doesn't feel bad about shortening the lives of the good guys.
Georgia has another good quality....she works at a book store. So in her "human" life she works as an assistant manager at a local book store chain where she is also sleeping with her boss. In her "demon" life she tries to make her quota for her demon boss while trying to stick to her douche bag only rule.
There is a romance interest (well two but you don't see that at first). But the love life of a succubus is not easy. If you enjoy a book with all kinds of supe creatures where the main setting is in a book store, with a bit of mystery, Succubus Blues is read for you.
I was drawn to Succubus Blues because of Richelle Mead's name; and she keep me entertained with her fun world and sassy, smart heroine and zany secondary characters. Rodgers' narration was a prefect fit with her quick wit timing and her girl next door voice.
All the Georgina Kincaid books are great!!!! There are ups and downs not just happy tales. In a couple of the books I actually cried.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Georgina is an interesing character, but Seth Mortensen takes the prize in thise book as the most interesting character. He's a soft spoken author and observerves rather than speaks much of the time. As Georgina's favorite author much of their best interaction comes in the forms of email rather than through dialog.
Ms. Rodgers brings a great performance to the characters and really does a great job of bringing the characters to life. The different voices help bring out each characters' own personality and i look forward to hearing her orate more stories.
Georgina's backstory and history is very interesting and is well told. I appreciate how the author carved her history into the present and Georgina's desire to not let history repeat is a really sweet moment.
The book starts slow and there's a lot of backstory before the story really digs in. The payoff was worth it and it's a fun pulpy novel and can't wait to dig into book 2.
Speculative Fiction Book Review Blogger
At first glance, a succubus seems like an unlikely heroine however, Georgina is far from being a typical demon. I expected to encounter a fair amount of carnal action and I did but the stellar plot line and life like characters caught me completely by surprise. I’m not a stranger to reading books with swearing it them but the language in this book is colorful to say the least. I was surprised by how much it actually added to the story and fit Georgina’s personality so perfectly. Richelle Mead pushes all of the right buttons in Succubus Blues and I can’t wait to repeat the experience with Succubus on Top!
Team Seth or team Roman? What a tough call! They’re at completely opposite ends of the spectrum but both are incredibly sexy. Mortensen is amazing on paper but rather inept when it comes to social situations. He’s a sweetheart no doubt about it but my crush on him wasn’t immediate. You don’t really learn what he’s thinking until the end but when you finally do your heart will melt. Guaranteed. I want him as my own personal teddy bear! Roman’s the ultimate bad boy with the animal magnetism to match. Georgina couldn’t stop swooning over him and neither could I! There’s just something about him that can’t be ignored and I so wanted the succubus to get her happy ending. Unfortunately for her, this is just the first book of the series so I doubt that that’s going to happen anytime soon!
After only one book, Georgina Kincaid is already a contender to be one of my all-time favorite protagonists. I simply couldn’t get enough of her! She’s a succubus who wants to be human and be done with her demon ways. From where I’m sitting that’s never going to happen but it sure does make for a great story! The combination of her blunt honesty and crass personality make Georgina out to be a wildly entertaining character to read. She’s no hero and that just made her even more lovable in my eyes.
The story was slow to start off. In fact, I wasn’t even sure what the point of the book was until the halfway mark. Surprisingly, that didn’t bother me one bit. As I said, when I first started reading Succubus Blues I expected a plot involving a sex crazed succubus; anything beyond that I took as a bonus. When the bigger picture slowly begins to reveal itself; I was thrilled with the prospect of a kick ass storyline to go along with an already fab read. Mead skillfully weaves intriguing back stories and immortal hierarchy into Kincaid’s tale.
Succubus blues is the whole package; no doubt about that and they couldn’t have picked a better narrator than Elisabeth Rodgers. She felt like Georgina incarnate. I loved her reading as much as the story itself. I picked up this book looking for a hot read but what I got went miles beyond that. Richelle Mead, consider yourself officially among the authors that I stalk!
I had my doubts about this story - after all, sex demon? But things were not as the stereotypes suggest, and between a truly cool Georgina and a completely lovable Seth, I was hooked in from chapter 1 and went straight through the other books in the series. End result was that Georgina is definitely in my top five most favorite series. The books are great, full of humor, a little mystery, suspense, and romance, and the pitch perfect performance of Elisabeth Rodgers was the icing on top of a beautiful cake.
I am ready to download the entire series. I love the characters and the twist and turns were great. The sex scenes were hot! This was an all around fun listen!
Reading is a must-have ESCAPE...
Georgina is a sensitive succubus who craves love and companionship. Unlike other stories whose dominant character revolves around an immortal succubus, Georgina struggles to limit her life-force absorption to those with corrupt souls. Mead manages to weave wonderful description into her narrative of the many characters that complete the story. Angels and vampires are central to Georgina's inner social circle and intermittently have importance in the story.
For those looking for graphically narrated sexual freedom commonly found in modern paranormal romances, look beyond Mead's Succubus series. No doubt there is much chemistry between her current love interests but they simply don't yield to it. There is one short scene of infidelity in which Georgina recollects a passion shared whilst still mortal that was rather interesting... but that's it. I'm kinda spoiled... I want the story and the romance.
In general, Rodgers narrates well, but doesn't distinguish the characters adequately for me.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
I liked it all!!! I could not put it down....listened to it in 1 day!
Georgina!!! She is a succubus with a conscience, go figure? I love how even though she is supposed to be evil she has a good heart!
I loved when she was drunk and went home with Seth...then went to his nieces bday party the next day, and braided all the little girls hair,,,it was sweet!
a little of both...there was a lot of humor in this book, and some sadness....
I am so glad I loved this book, I have been looking for a new kick butt heroine series...and I have found it!!! moving on to #2! Highly recommend!!!
Elisabeth Rodger's performance was a mixed bag for me. At times I really liked her and she did a respectable job voicing the different characters. Where I ran into problems with her was during the narrative parts. Sometimes she would sound fine and her rhythm would be perfect. Other times, she seemed to make "too much" out of sentences that should just be read "normally"; it was like her intonation and cadence were off, making parts sound too "sing-songy", for lack of a better word. It was a little off-putting to listen to at times, as if every little bit was overly emotional. As I mentioned before, though, other times she was spot on. And, when she was speaking for the characters, she was great. I pushed past the annoyances for the reader and still really enjoyed the story. I plan to read the other books in the series in print, though, instead of listening to them.
I have never read a book about a succubus before. My only other "experience" with a succubus is watching the TV show "Lost Girl". If you are familiar with this show, this series is a slightly different take on the succubus and what happens when she kisses or has sex with a human. This paradigm sets Georgina up for a lot of longing and heartbreak. She is such a great character. She is smart, sassy, funny, caring and ethical. These last two cause her a lot of difficulty doing her job as a succubus (and yes, it's a job, she wasn't born that way). For a book about a succubus there is a surprisingly small number of sex scenes (which was a good thing in my opinion). The book is certainly story driven; I would not classify it as erotica. I was worried about that before I started the book as I prefer my books to be mainly story (sex scenes are fine as long as they fit in with the story and don't drive it). I look forward to reading more in the series.