01 January 2013

My Succubus Blues Audiobook Review & Angel Complex

I don't read or listen to books with demons. It's in my policies even. But I got Succubus Blues for free on audio awhile back and decided to finally give it a try. Georgina Kincaid sold me. While I don't like dark creatures who relish being dark, I do have a weak spot for dark creatures who try to be good and don't like hurting people. It's that glimmer of humanity and that struggle to be good that appeals to me. I call it my Angel complex. As in the vampire TV show not the celestial beings. 

Georgina is a lot like Angel. She's a succubus but she doesn't want to be and she hates hurting good people. She misses being human, so she preys only on scumbags as needed. She spends most of the book bouncing between her human love interests and fighting her tendencies to suck the soul out of any man she so much as kisses. She's witty, she has a cool back story, and she ultimately makes a huge sacrifice for love. Oh and did I mention she works in a book store and has some pretty cool friends? There's the famous writer who reminded me a bit of Richard Castle, the bookshop manager who is a singer by night, the mysterious teacher, two vamps, an angel, and even a demon who chooses to look like John Cusack.


Wham-bam: Succubus Blues is a sexy fun character-driven paranormal romance with a hint of mystery that kept me guessing, smiling, and by the end forced me to remind myself to breath.

Words aloud: I cannot tell a lie. Elisabeth Rodgers annoyed me a teensy bit at first with her breathy way of drawing out the last word in a sentence. But she quickly grew on me, she moves at a great place, and she did a good job with voices. 


Wrapping: My only gripe was the cover. I didn't love it. Does it sorta scream 90s goth? Here are some other covers. What do you think? Have a fav?



Whippersnappers: Some profanity and a some steamy sex scenes.

Wondering: 


1. Am I the only one that sorta loves the name Georgina?
2. Have you read or listened to Succubus Blues? Which guy had your vote?
3. Wouldn't this make a great TV show? 
4. Did Jerome like her maybe or am I just imagining that?

Wind-up: Succubus Blues is written by Richelle Mead, narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers, and 11 hours and 29 minutes long. The first half is character building but the second half is too good to turn off. Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 4 stars.

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67 comments :

  1. Can we compare to Grave Mercy for me? Same sort of Angel Complex? Will it make a good book read? I'm still not in audio mode.

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    1. Compare Grave Mercy to Succubus Blues? Totallly different. This one is much more sexy paranormal romance. While I would consider Grave Mercy more of a restrained attraction historical fiction romance.

      I think it's total fun.
      You should try it when you're in the mood for something totally light.
      But get it from the library just in case.

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    2. Okay, I can do that. I get totally confused by these YA (or not?) genres between paranormal and dystopian and I guess historical fiction. Some day when your baby is grown and you have time on your hands, you should try to straighten me out. Love.

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    3. Aww no worries. *hug* This one is adult fiction.

      Dystopian = think fighting to survive in a bad future place ala Hunger Games
      Adult Paranormal romance = sexy paranormal beings falling in love ala grown up Twilight
      Historical Fiction = fiction in historical time ala The Tudors

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  2. Well that's an interesting twist indeed! HAHAHA I could read that!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  3. I am not big on demons either but you may have just sold me on this one!

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  4. Haha I love the Angel complex thing and totally get it!

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  5. Great review! I've never heard of Succubus Blues though I love Richelle Mead's writing and have read a few of her books--enjoyed them all. I'll have to check this one out.

    Happy reading : )
    -Leslie

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  6. I love RM and I do like this series, but not quite as much as her other adult UF! They're a lot of fun, though, and I'm glad you're finally getting a chance to read them. I've never done an UF audiobook, though, especially one with racy scenes, hah.

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    1. Oooo do you have a fav I should start with?

      This was my first audio with a racy scene. I thought it would be awkward but I liked it. Ok now I sound and feel dirty for admitting that. LOL ;)

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  7. I loved the Vampire Academy series so I should check this out!

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    1. Is VA anything like Vampire Diaries? In my head it is and that keeps turning me off. ;)

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  8. Yep, the cover's too dark and I need to dust my paperback of this book and move it up the queue :)

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  9. I've had this one sitting on my shelf for awhile now. I love Richelle Mead, so I don't know why I haven't started this series, especially since VA series is over. :( I don't really like anything dark either, so it's good to hear that the main character doesn't like to be "evil." Great review!!

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    1. Right? That's a big deal for me too. :) Thank you.

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  10. I have never even heard of the book...and it kind of scares me! But I love the way you write about it!

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  11. Ooh...LOVED Angel...and Buffy and Charmed and yeah, I think I suffer from the same thing you do; liking the bad ones that WANT and TRY to be good. ^_^ As for this one, sounds interesting, but you're right...that cover does nothing for me. Of the ones shown, I'd probably choose the last or third from the last. Currently reading outside my box as well with VICIOUS CIRCLE ...you might like it! Thanks for the share Juju!

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    1. O Charmed. MAN I miss that show.

      I'm off to look up your review :)

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  12. Yeah, the cover is a bit disappointing.

    1. I love the name Georgina, too.
    2. I read the book, and I adored Seth. Nice, funny, and bookish? How can you not love that? ;)
    3. It would! Especially with the right actors.
    4. I wondered about this too. Maybe we'll find out in the next books?

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    1. 1&3 :)
      2. Right! Me too! But I was kinda rooting for him and Carter.
      4. Oh good! I'm not the only one that thought that.

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  13. Juju, this is kind of a new genre for you right?? I love stepping out of comfort zone and trying new genres, I just got hooked on Contemporary Romance this year....;D

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    1. Yes totally :)
      And I got into books that are a little scary last year too.

      Contemporary Romance?
      Realllly.
      That's awesome.

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  14. I'm totally unfamiliar with this series but I also love tortured souls... This is one I'd pass up based upon the cover...but now that I know how much you enjoyed it I might think differently should I cross paths with it in the future.

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  15. Haven't read this one but the concept sounds interesting. I especially like that it's a character driven novels. Those are always entertaining to me. I did read a Richelle Mead book for the first time last year and loved it so I will be giving more of her books a try in the future.

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    1. Me too. I'm a big fan of character driven novels.

      Which one did you read last year?

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  16. Great review, it sounds like a book I would like!

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  17. Oh, how I love Angel! Your comparison of this book with Angel makes me want to try it!

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  18. Heh, your Angel complex! I like that a lot. Well, this sounds fun! Don't know why there are so many covers though - actually, I can't really say I'm a huge fan of any of them...

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    1. International covers :) And I feel ya I don't think any of them really have the wow factor.

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  19. I know I own this but the cover makes me keep putting it off. I know don't judge a book by it's cover! I do love Angel so I'm going to search for it on one of my many bookshelves. Great review!

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  20. This does sound like a book worth trying! On the TBR list it goes! :)

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  21. I too bought this one when it was a Kindle daily deal a while back... unfortunately, I didn't like it enough to finish it. I kept hoping there would be some element that would hook me, and eventually I gave up. Glad that you liked it, though! Just goes to show that each book has its own audience.

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  22. Oh! Great Review! You almost have me convinced to read a vampire book. It's kinda my rule of thumb too. So much to read... so little time! :(

    ~Liz

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    1. I feel ya Liz. I've been on a self imposed vamp diet for years now.

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  23. I think the fact that you liked it, even despite your initial reluctance, is a great indication of how fun this book might be. I'm tempted to maybe give it a try in audio.

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  24. I'm not opposed to books with demons but I just haven't had the best of luck with them.

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    1. I feel ya ;)
      Which was the last to disappoint you?

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  25. I kinda love the name Georgina - because it's also Darcy's sister's name in Pride and Prejudice! Is it terribly embarrassing to admit I like a name for that reason? If it is in any way related to P&P, I probably adore it :)

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    1. Ooooooooo shame on me for not knowing that. I've seen the movie but forgot it and sadly I've still yet to read it. Shame on me.

      Embarrassing? Not at all! Bookish name love is perfectly fabulous in my book.

      My daughter's name came to me from a TV show.

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  26. This was one of those audiobooks I barely made it through the first 30 minutes. The breathiness you described is one of my pet peeves. That being said, I do still want to read the book. There is nothing about its premise I wouldn't like and the fact that you not only persevered on the audio and liked the book makes me want to read it even more!

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    1. Oh you gave up? Bummer. It got better. But I feel ya. That breathiness thing is annoying.

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  27. i keep seeing this title around but the cover have always turned me off.

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  28. I also like Georgina. I knew a girl growing up with that name.
    Reminds you of Angel...I'm in :)
    Thanks darling.

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  29. Oh, Angel. I loved that series, except for what happened to a certain female character...or two...if you know what I mean! Lol.

    P.S. I'm with you on the cover. I have it sitting on my shelf, and even though I'm excited to read the book, I have the urge to put a dust jacket on the book! Hah!

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    1. Will you believe I never finished it?
      Naughty me!
      So now I'm wondering what you mean.
      I should SO rewatch it.

      Yes! Exactly! ;)

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  30. I was shocked when I saw this one on your review list, I just would never have guessed you'd appreciate a book like this one. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as you did. I like your Angel Complex thinking. I agree, I like to read books about people trying to do better with what cards they were dealt. Nicely reviewed.

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    1. Really? Will you believe that makes me smile. I think I secretly adore shaking things up.

      Yes! Exactly. My dark creatures must be struggling for light.
      :)
      Thanks doll!

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  31. Really great review! I agree about liking dark creatures who are fighting to do good. I read the first five books in the series and got really mad at the end of book five and did not even read the finale. So unlike me, especially given that I'd bought the first five books. I recommend reading/listening to them back to back if possible, because the plot is quite intricate and I lost interest because I had to keep waiting for the books to be released.

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    1. Oooooooo good advice. Thank you! You're so helpful Kelli!

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