Sunday, August 11, 2013

Review: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Published: August 1st, 2010 (Zebra)
Pages: 360
Age group: adult
Source: bought
Series: Georgina Kincaid, #1
Buy the book: Bookdepository
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Being a succubus sounds pretty glamorous. Shape-shifting, killer wardrobe, what's not to like? But Georgina Kincaid's life is far from exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies, and she can't have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy's life, which means her crush on sexy writer Seth Mortensen is going nowhere fast. But all of that pales in significance when an unknown entity "helpfully" begins killing her immortal adversaries. For once, all her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won't help, because there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny...

Where do I start with this one? After enjoying the first two books in the Dark Swan series a whole lot, I picked up Succubus Blues, expecting to be just as addicted to Georgina’s story as I was to Eugenie’s. But alas, this wasn’t nearly as good as the Dark Swan books. Let me explain.

Whereas Mead sucked me into the story very easily with Storm Born and Thorn Queen, she failed to do so with Succubus Blues. The story wasn’t all that interesting, except that the main character is, well, a succubus, which makes for some pretty awkward conversation and interaction with certain characters. But other than that, it didn’t have anything special for me. It lacked the excitement and awesomeness that the other series has and quite frankly, this book failed to keep my interest for long.

Now, I know this sounds like I was merely looking for another Dark Swan book, but that wasn’t the case. I was just expecting to be blown away by this one as much as I was with the others, and that failed pretty miserably. I know Mead’s writing can be better and more compelling than she did in this one so I guess that’s where my disappointment comes from.

Having said that, I did enjoy this book, hence the three star rating. The ending made up for a lot, as well. I’m quite curious to see where the story is going, but I’m unsure if I will go ahead and actually pick up the sequel.

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