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 best-selling, 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.
©2007 Richelle Mead; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"At the start of a planned series, Mead cooks up an appetizing debut that blends romantic suspense with a fresh twist on the paranormal, accented with eroticism." (Booklist)
"Elisabeth Rodgers’s understated narration displays subtle skill. Her low, even voice traces Georgina’s snarky musings and wistful regrets without melodrama. Rodgers’s vocal choices also support Mead’s secondary characters. Angels mesmerize as they try to convince Georgina to repent. Demonic pals and mortal co-workers emerge with unique voices and endearing concern for the likable Georgina. Mead’s quirky story—the forces of good and evil even gather for Friday night happy hour—is well matched by Rodgers’s intuitive depiction of Georgina’s complexities." (AudioFile)
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
I liked Georgina. She was a great narrator. Sometimes the back and forth time line was a little confusing, but it wasn't that bad.
And Roman was SOOOOOO HOT
Elisabeth Rodgers brought Richelle Mead's characters and story to life. Makes me think of my favorite Shows Grimm and Burn Notice combined the burned succubus
Georgia - succubs/demon can not have a normal relationship because every time she kisses some one, his life gets shorter. She spends a lot of time pushing people who love her away, trying to protect them. She is in a no win situation, which makes her internal strife a little ridiculous/despairing. A dammed soul. The writing was interesting, but with no way out, I don't think I need to continue. This story has multiple boyfriends - Seth, the writer. Roman the bast demon. Doug the coworker. She has sex with her boss to satifsy the succubus hunger. Kind of gross -- the overall downer brings it to a 3. Narrator is good.
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I thought this was a fun listen. The plot was maybe a little bit thin, and the multiple love interests maybe a little much, but still fun. I really liked Elisabeth Rodger's personification of Georgina Kincaid, and I thought the wry bitterness of the heroine as a book-loving succubus that just wants to be loved really came through. Plus, I'm always a sucker for books about book-readers, authors and bookstores.
I'll probably listen to more of this series, and I've been meaning to check out another of Mead's series, Vampire Academy.
The whole story felt really aimless. The mystery wasn't very engaging and I kind of guessed who it was about halfway through. The whole book pretty much just felt like filler. It barely felt like paranormal story to me as pretty much everyone except the angel acted and conducted themselves like humans. Even Georgie felt human- as she only used the shapeshifting when it was convenient (and when she did, it never had anything to do with the plot and everything to do with "I didn't feel like talking to her"). I didn't care for all the different love interests, even the main one. It didn't feel like she really cared for any one of them because she jumped from one to another so easily. Her interactions with everyone felt forced and awkward a lot of the time and the book suffered from having too many characters. The whole thing just felt so thrown together like the author had just written whatever came to her head and didn't plot much out or edit. I found myself bored and walking away from it several times and come back thirty minutes later to find out I hadn't missed anything. In my opinion, don't waste your money or a credit.
No. It's her whole writing style that I don't care for. Everything felt passive and I couldn't seem to get into the characters.
No, I think she did well. Though the narrators from the Chicagoland series are always wonderful to listen to and I would advocate putting them in any book.
All of the Seth Mortenson scenes, they were boring, and all of the bookstore scenes. So, basically 85% of the book.
The storyline that kept you guessing, pointing you in one direction then revealing it had sent you down a blind alley so to speak. I suspected who the villain was but not until just before it was revealed. Still, there were a few twists at the end I didn't quite see coming, and the ending left me very curious to see what will happen next.
Georgina. She is very personable and easy to relate to. It's easy to feel sorry for her and the life she's landed herself in, her desire to do as little bad as possible. It's difficult to impossible to see her as an evil being for she seems filled with good rather than evil.
Georgina. She really brought her to life and made you sympathize with her, made you feel her regrets and the highs and lows of her emotions.
A few scenes made me laugh, and a few scenes made my heart break for Georgina, but the main strong reaction was that I was so caught up in the story through the last half that I just had to keep listening, to find out what would happen and how it would all work out.
A great book, and one that I'd definitely recommend to others. I read some of this one on my Kindle to start with, then switched to audio for the sake of being able to keep making progress on it while doing other things, and am very glad I did. It was enjoyable from the beginning in print, but the audio performance really brought the characters to life and drew me in more than I think the print might have done.
Yes. This is a fun, upbeat story with paranormal elements. So it has all the things I love to read. The main character is quirky and fairly unpredictable.
Georgina of course!
All of them. She's an excellent reader.
This book made me laugh in several places. It was also poignant in a few places, especially when Georgina's long lost past is revealed.
I'll read the rest of the series. That's the mark of a good book in my opinion! The budding love story is a different twist and promises to cause more havoc in future books.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
According to Carol Rose's encyclopedia of Spirits and Rosemary Guiley"s encyclopedia of Monsters, Succubi are agents of demons who have sex with men in there sleep.
According to RM, Succubi run around doing nothing, especially nothing you would want to read about. You would think a book with imps, demons, vampires, angels and succubi would have some pretty exciting stuff. RM chose to write a teenage romance novel. She barely even mentions these creatures and they have very little to do with the story or lack of.
This did not make me laugh, smile or cry, just yawn. Nothing in this book is funny, there is no intensity, no danger, no adventure. There is very very little sex, matter of fact 1Q84 had more sex and better sex. At one point RM says that a good book can be better then sex. This tells me that RM has never had good sex and explains why she can't write about it.
This is another one of those books were the characters keep saying that the beautiful bombshell is smart. She doesn't do anything smart, we are given no examples, it is not in the development of the character, other people just say it.
If you buy this book, you are going to be the one with the blues.
I thought the book was good and I was worried because it did have demons in it and I don't usually care for these types of books. Even though there are demons in the book, they are not the satanic type as in Exorcist type of demons! I will NOT read those so if you are similar then this book is okay and enjoyable for you!
There are a few sex scenes that I would not want my child to read so watch out and do not let your teens read until you have read this first!
Good story line and easy to follow! An enjoyable book overall! I am also excited that the whole series has the same Narrator and she does a great job and makes the book a great visual with her voice!
I loved meeting Georgina!
I have read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy Series and loved it, but was hesitant to read her Georgina Kincaid series for some reason. However, after starting Succubus Blues, I knew I was hooked. The book was hilarious and fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and found myself so engaged with the story, that despite the fact I had a strong suspicion I knew where the story was headed, I counldn't stop listening. After finishing the Succubus Blues I immediately read/listened to the other five books in this series and enjoyed each new one more than the last!
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