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
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Narration: 4.5 cups

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.

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43 Responses to “Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Liza Barrett

    So glad you’re picking up this series; it’s one of my favorites! I pretty much marathon listened to all 6. Oh Seth! *swoons*

  4. Mary

    Geeze. It’s been a while since I read this series but I enjoyed it. I liked the voice of the characters, especially the goofy bits.

  5. Michelle

    Sounds like a good series that I need to read. The reasons are compelling and especially the first one. Thanks for sharing your review!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. aurian

    I do have this series on my shelves, but haven’t read it yet. Thanks to this review, I might pick it up sooner rather than later. Thanks Kimba!

  10. Bookworm Brandee

    Isn’t it great? I picked up this series back in 2009(?) while I was waiting on her to release the next VA book. *ha* I adore this series. Georgina is a great character – and the rest of the cast is pretty stellar too. I can’t wait to see what you think of the rest of the series.

  11. 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. 😀

  12. Laquesha

    Richelle Mead is one of my absolute favourite authors and I’ve always wanted to pick up this series and now I have more motivation to do so because you liked it! Awesome review!

  13. Michelle

    I read this a few years ago and loved it! I really need to find the second book. I’m glad you liked it, and thanks to you I’m sort of in the middle of a audiobook binge right now too.

  14. 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!

  15. Sarah

    Ah I loved this book. Never finished the series though, maybe I need t revisit. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

  16. 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!

  17. Candace

    I have some of the books in this series but I like the sound of the audio. I might have to grab it on audio just to fit it in sooner! I love books that take place in Seattle since I’m very familiar with the area too. 🙂

  18. Heidi

    I have had this series in my TBR pile forever. I adore Richelle Mead and I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to it. I didn’t know it was set in Seatlle. Now I really need to get it read/listened to.

  19. Lauren

    I read this ages ago but I don’t remember it at all! I never read the next books, so maybe I should go back and do this on audio. Glad you enjoyed the book and the narration!

  20. 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 🙂

  21. Melliane

    I really enjoyed the first ones in the series but G. was so annoying! I hope it will be less for you. But I’m curious to see what you think of the others now. Nice review!

  22. Lanie

    I have no idea how you sat still long enough to listen to this book! I would have been bouncing off the walls as it was being read, specially during the ending. Totally would have acted some of the more actiony scenes out. Lol

  23. Debbie Haupt

    Kim, what a great premise and I can tell just from the blurb that the humor is good. And wow a Succubus who’s a romantic at heart. Brwahahaha 😉
    This one is going on my audio wish list!

  24. Nick

    I loved this one too, Kim! I think I’ve read 2 books in this series. I better get to the rest of them because Nereyda is always pushing me to do so. Glad you enjoyed this first book!! Georgie is a blast for sure! 🙂
    Lovely review!

  25. John Hennessy

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

  26. Katherine

    So I gave a little sigh of relief when I saw the cover thinking there was no way this one would tempt me. Then I read your review. And now I’m intrigued! You kill me!

  27. 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.

  28. Red Iza

    A book with a coffee lover had to be reviewed by you 😉 And yes, when I read “succubus” nowadays, I instantly think of Bo ! Great review, you made me want to read this 🙂

  29. Christy

    I’ll be listening to this sometime soon. I can’t believe I had the audio and didn’t even realize it.