Succubus Blues, sunburned, and satisfied


DC is welcoming us home with frigid temperatures, but my head is still spinning with beautiful memories of the beach, great food, and a fun reggae concert.

It’s also spinning with all the paranormal Seattle, historical London, and contemporary Texan settings, exciting plots, and unique characters from the three books I brought in my suitcase. But I really wanted to talk about the first one I read, Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead.

I fell in love with her YA Vampire Academy series, but for the life of me I CANNOT properly give a grade to or impartially tell you about Succubus Blues.

I know what a succubus is from previous exposures to this mythology: a female demon seducing men in their sleep. I knew the protagonist in this book was a succubus (obvi!!!!). I knew that meant she’d probably be having sex with lots of men/maybe not nice men/as well as her potential love interest, for demonic reasons as well as struggling with her morality.

I just didn’t really think this through in relation to my personal reading preferences. I was more like, “Oh, Richelle Mead, she’s great, I’ll read this random book she wrote.” And then about 15 pages in after the heroine, Georgina Kincaid, shape shifts into a dominatrix demon to have sex with a single, fat, ugly, 30-something living in his parents’ basement, I was squicked out.

I kept reading since I was on the plane, but that type of heroine is just not for me. I’ve blogged about it before, but totally non-human heroines with very different agendas/goals/morals/eating habits/life forces are a real turn-off. For example: 99% of the time, no matter how lauded the character, author, or series I will not pick up any book where the heroine is a vampire.

*putting my fingers in me ears* I can’t heaaarrr you! Don’t try to tell me how great x, y, or z is, I won’t do it. (Although I am this.close to trying Molly Harper’s Nice Girls Don’t series, but don’t try to push me on it!)

This is so personal and I absolutely KNOW it’s not true in the slightest for many readers. I will absolutely keep trying paranormal-different-species-heroines, and sometimes get pleasant surprises, like special-psychic-powers from-a-whole-new-race-of-beings Sacha from Slave to Sensation. Even though she was quite alien (her eyes are totally black with a field of white stars that sometimes turn into multi-colored fireworks) her personality, her desires, her ethical code, her reactions to others…all I could relate to. 

In Succubus Blues even though the mystery surrounding who was killing off other paranormals in Seattle, how and why did Georgina become a succubus, what secrets about the paranormal world hierarchy and beings are her superiors keeping from her, and can she fall in love with a human man? were alllll great story lines with fun fast-paced plotting I couldn’t get past Georgina herself.

So yeah. Sorry about that.


MOVING ON. As I recovered from my sunburn (yes I let some Twitterers see my chestal area) after our FIRST DAY in the sun, I really enjoyed my other two reads, Lisa Kleypas’ Blue Eyed Devil and Loretta Chase’s Don’t Tempt Me. I can’t say I adore Lisa Kleypas’ contemporary-set books nearly as much as her historicals but her past two following the Travis siblings finding love in Texas have been quite entertaining.

It was a very satisfying vacation, a big part in thanks to my reading materials being so good! Ugh, I can’t imagine enjoying a vacation where I didn’t like the books I brought! That wouldn’t make sense to a non-bookworm I’m sure, but for us readers I think it really makes a difference.


9 Responses

  1. I have few and fewer paranormal series that I will read. I’ve not been the least bit tempted by SB. Thanks for re-affirming that!

    And now I’m sorry I don’t twitter :-)

  2. Yay! I’m glad you’re back! Welcome!

    Um, when are we doing drinks again??

  3. Glad you are back!

    Succubus Blues impressed me..

    but you know what really impressed me…Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs..LOL. Read it! ;)

  4. Phyl: im finding i start a lot of paranormal series, but don’t finish them.

    Kati: we just barely missed being in Florida with you at the same time! and yes please to drinks!

    Mandi: i know i know, i read all your reviews, i knew exactly what you were going to comment! there was plenty that was impressive about Succubus Blues, and obviously i really like Richelle Mead’s writing, but…Georgina just isn’t for me.

  5. I couldn’t resist telling you to read it :)

  6. Don’t apologize for knowing what you do and don’t like!

  7. That sunburn – OUCH!

  8. Dear Lord woman, how did you do that???

  9. Ouchie I so hate sunburn. I really feel for you!
    Sad you didn’t much like Georgina but every reader is different.
    And pst…I loved the first Molly Harper book.

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