Series: Georgina Kincaid #1-6
Published by Kensington on February 27th 2007 - August 30th 2011
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Source: Bought, Library
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<p>As if love wasn't hard enough! Imagine not being able to touch your boyfriend without sucking away his soul. Welcome to the world of Georgina Kincaid, a reluctant succubus who always seems to find herself in the middle of supernatural intrigue...</p>
<p>This adult urban fantasy series marked Richelle's debut as a published writer. NYT Bestselling author Jim Butcher had this to say about <em>Succubus Blues</em>: ""...an engaging read, with an unusually tangible, believable, <strong>living</strong> story world, featuring a protagonist of unexpected depth and sympathy."</p>
I’ve decided to do this series as a joint review with my overall impression because I feel like a lot of my feelings and thoughts will be repetitive otherwise and I want to keep this spoiler-free! So here we go!
Adult paranormal urban fantasy romances are not my usual thing. Or at least, I never gave them a chance to be my thing before starting this series. So what brought these books to my attention you may ask? Well in case you missed the author’s name, it’s Richelle Mead. When I read the Vampire Academy series a few months ago, I got so immersed in the story and characters that it was hard to close the last book and be done with them. Binge reading a whole series at once is something I HAD to do again and Richelle Mead was just the author to do it with. The perfect timing came from Nereyda @ Mostly YA Book Obsessed and Megan at Reading Books Like a Boss who were hosting a readathon of this series and even though I knew nothing about it, I immediately signed up!
Since I am talking about all the books in general, I posted a very small synopsis above of the whole series that I found on Richelle Mead’s website. I did this instead of posting the one from the first book, Succubus Blues, because well, I don’t personally care for that synopsis. It didn’t draw me in initially and I don’t want you to base your thoughts on what the series is about just from that. In a nut shell, these books are about a woman, a succubus, named Georgina. She is an immortal who draws life energy from her victims through sex to help sustain her own life and to fulfill her contract with Hell. But this isn’t the life the wanted. Throughout the books she falls in love with a mortal human and struggles with indecision and how to make the relationship work given her, um, occupation. Of course all sorts of forces of the normal and supernatural variety cause problems as well making for one interesting and somewhat complex story from start to finish.
I can honestly say I’ve never read about a succubus. I thought I might get uncomfortable with the sex scenes with random strangers but I felt like the author approached this situation just right. Of course we witness many of these acts but it is shown only when it serves a purpose for us the readers to see it. How well Georgina was written cemented just how talented Richelle Mead is at writing complex and flawed characters that are still likable. The girl made mistakes, ones that frustrated me at times, but I was always on her side, rooting for her. We see her become vulnerable, angry, sad, hurt and all sorts of emotions from book to book. And I always felt that right along with her. She could be crass but also snarky. She was not the type to sit back and let others handle situations. She faced danger head on, and was willing to fight for answers no matter what the consequences could be.
The author is not only amazing at writing strong main characters but secondary characters as well. I cannot even say how much I enjoyed some of the small players, even the ones I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to like. They all fit into the mysteries of each book, woven into it in a way that sometimes made me question their intentions, but in the best of ways. Roman and Carter are probably my favorites throughout the series. Roman is swoony at times but also dangerous. And he remains a mystery for a good chunk of the series. I couldn’t help but love him no matter what role he played. Carter the angel… his vagueness and ability to deflect made him so fun and hilarious to me. He might have been my overall favorite and to be honest, he really isn’t on the pages all that much. I wish we had more of him but part of what made him so great was how minimal he chose to be involved in the open yet how much he so was so detrimental when it came down to it. Of course there is also Seth. I adored his sweet and pure nature in a world with demons and mystery. And he’s a writer! It was so cool to have a character so involved in the book world, writing and talking about character development, and even ARCs! He was an excellent love interest, most of the time. Of course he isn’t perfect either and sometimes he was a little too passive for me but overall someone I was rooting for. Just the right amount of sweet to dull down the spice.
Obviously with 6 books there are a lot of bumps in the road in the romance department. There were also surprises and twists thrown in as well. Oh and of course the heartache. But the journey from book to book was very well done and the pacing was right on, minus a few scattered moments here and there that read a little slower. But it never left me feeling bored or forced. Everything flowed well and came together in the final installment.
It’s hard to pinpoint gripes. I was concerned the demons, imps, vampires, angels, etc. would feel cheesy to me, because they sometimes do. But I found myself really getting into this and liking how they were portrayed for the most part. It was something different for me. I think occasionally I was bothered by some of the ‘cheating’. I mean, it’s hard to call it that exactly. It was but it wasn’t. Obviously Georgina, despite her love for someone, has to do her job. It’s watered down and not shown much but there were a few moments where I felt bothered by how easily it could be overlooked and not made into a bigger deal in a relationship as I would personally consider it. I also was able to guess a few twists before they happened, though it really didn’t bother me too much. It still gave me that anxiety and on-the-edge feel, waiting for it to happen. But on a whole, the series was fun to read and I enjoyed the books very much.
Each book told its own story and completed a piece of the puzzle to Georgina Kincaid’s story. They varied from each other but had a very good continuity throughout. When secrets are revealed in the finale book, I found myself wanting to start all over again from the beginning and pick up on any little hints I might have missed the first time. I would definitely recommend this series if you like paranormal adult reads or are a fan of Richelle Mead’s storytelling!
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