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.