Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

January 28th, 2015 Kimberly Review 43 Comments

28th Jan
Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Succubus Blues
by Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Published by: Audible
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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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.

I have been on a bit of an urban fantasy binge and thanks to my new audio addiction; I have finally begun checking series off my tbr pile and wish list. I owned Succubus Blues but upgraded to the audio and I loved Elisabeth Rodgers narrative. Succubus Blues was fun, with an interesting cast of characters and a mysterious murder mystery. Georgina Kincaid is inquisitive, unique and a coffee lover. I have a feeling we are going to be friends.

“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”

Five reasons to grab the audio of Succubus Blues

  • Our protagonist works in a bookstore with a coffee shop on the second floor. *heaven* and it is located in beautiful downtown Seattle. From mentions of Pike’s Market to the scent of white chocolate mochas, I felt right at home. The supernatural are hidden in this world and living amongst the humans.
  • Georgina Kincaid reminds me a little of Bo, the succubus in Lost Girl or I guess I should say Bo reminds me of Georgina. She is a succubus who is down to earth, and not at all comfortable with her side job. She fulfills her obligations to the demons but prefers reading, coffee and hanging out with her friends. She is a bit of a romantic and her back-story endeared me to her.
  • Secondary characters consist of humans, vampires, demons and angels. While most of the world at this point does not feel much different from other urban fantasies, I loved the mixed species friendships that Mead gave us. Each character has a unique voice and personality. I thought Rodgers did a terrific job of giving voice to them. I have a soft spot for Carter already.
  • Georgina has several relationships developing which I found hilarious at times. She doesn’t do relationships for obvious reasons, but whether she admits it or not she is a romantic at heart. She begins friendships with Seth, her favorite author. He is a handsome yet socially awkward. While my panties did not melt in the beginning, he turns out to be a real sweetie. Their interactions are hilarious and yet sweet. Then we have Roman, a swoon-worthy mysterious stranger with all the right moves. He was edgy, dressed sharply and yep we both wanted him. I loved how Mead wove them into the current story.
  • The murder thread involves the supernatural beings within Georgina’s social circle. It was interesting, and I enjoyed seeing her defy orders and research the killings. Mead skillfully develops the characters. She created humor, delivered a little romance and kept us curious about whodunit. I love when the threads all come together weaving an engaging tale. While this does feature a succubus it was tame, except for the language which was often and colorful. It totally fits Georgina’s persona though and the girl has some spunk. I am looking forward to spending more time with her.

Succubus Blues was a fantastic start to the Georgina Kincaid series. Snark, friendship, a little suspense and good times await you.

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy. A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away from books (either reading or writing them), she enjoys bad reality TV, traveling, trying interesting cocktails, and shopping for dresses. She’s a self-professed coffee addict and has a passion for all things wacky and humorous.

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43 Responses to “Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead”

  1. Jo

    I love this series, and was so sad when it ended. Keep with it – there was a scene in book 2 or 3 that just gutted me and I had to have a good cry.

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  2. John Hennessy

    Read this ages ago, but did not get around to doing a review. I’d likely echo all you write Kim 🙂

  3. Lori

    You had me at bookstore and coffee shop! LOL I’ve actually had this on my TBR pile for ages but never read it, I think I own it in ebook format but after your review I’ll be checking out the audio version! Great review 🙂

  4. Ramona

    I’ve been saving this series for a holiday, but every holiday I find myself packing newer releases. Gah! And last summer I didn’t get to read much at all, so I think a change of strategy might be in order 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Kimba!

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  5. kindlemom1

    This is my favorite series by Mead and the first one I ever read. I am so glad you are trying it and liking it! They just get better and better as they go too. So many twists and turns are awaiting you with this one!

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  6. Angie F.

    Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! This is my absolute favorite series! And I do think this was my first audiobook. Although I read it first, then reread it later on audio and thought it was a lot of fun. 😀

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  7. Lupdilup

    This is one of those series where I really joyed the first book, but I never continued…I have a lot like that. I have no idea why I didn’t continue right away when I liked the characters and the world, plus like you said, a really good narration. Maybe after I read your review of the next one I’ll decide to jump back in 🙂
    Thanks Kimba.

  8. Lexxie

    I’m so happy you enjoyed Succubus Blues, Kim! I think this was one of my first forays into adult PNR, and I fell in love with Georgina for the same reasons you did! The mythology is pretty good, and Carter… I would love having a spin-off series with him as the MC!
    Great review 🙂

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  9. Dreams

    I’m torn on this one. I liked the humor and paranormal vibe it had going on. But I really wasn’t a fan of the romance. Which makes it so hard for me to decide if I want to continue the series or not. I’ll be curious to see what you would rate the next book.

  10. Nereyda

    This is my favorite series EVER!!! I’ve read it and re-read and it and re-heard the whole series on audio. The narrator is fantastic! The first two books are good, but things start to really pick up at book 3. After that it’s basically one mini heart attack after another. Damn that Richelle Mead!

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  11. Olivia

    I recently bought a book by Richelle Mead for only a pound (I didn’t know it was in the middle of the series, but that is easily fixed) so I was curious to read your review of this one! It sounds like it was an enjoyable audiobook and I love the idea of a protagonist who works in a bookstore!

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