Reviews of the Living Dead: Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead

  • Trade Paperback: 368 pages
  • List Price: $15.00 US/$19.00 CDN
  • Publisher: Kensington (March, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7582-1641-0
  • ISBN-10: 0-7582-1641-6

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Summary

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.

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 getup 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 bestselling, 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…

Review

This was my first book classified as a Paranormal Romance. Honestly it was the second such book purchased, but the first read. Also, I am not sure this really is a romance as it does not have a “Happy Ever After” at the end – not that any series really can by definition. Also it had a rather loose “Happily For Now” at the end, so it seemed to me to be more of a sexy version of an Urban Fantasy. Which fits right in with my current tastes.

The book was not only a quick read but was one of those books that I had problems putting down. Seriously, it was cutting into my writing time and I even decided to spend today finishing it rather than watching Night of the Creeps which just came in from Netflix. Overall, it was an endearing read on many levels. It is tough enough to write a story where your protagonists jobs are to tempt good mortals toward sin and despair. The job is even more difficult if you want your reader rooting for them in the end. By the end of the book I wanted to see Georgina get a happy ending. I wanted to see her find the right man, get married and have the kids she has dreamed about for centuries. But again, that would not make for much of a series.

The relationships in the book did seem to be the paramount plot. The mystery and action were definitely seeming like the subplots. Which, for me, worked out. It was as if I was lulled into a comfortable place so that the effect was greater when the serial killer jumped out from off camera and started doing his grizzly business. It definitely quickened the pace and the heart rate during those scenes.

Overall I would give the book a 4.5 stars (dancing zombies… whatever) out of 5. A solid read that was definitely worth the money. I will be suggesting it and likely loaning it out to my wife’s coworkers (once I warn her about the naughtier scenes in the book).

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