I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of Richelle Mead’s writing. True, I wasn’t very impressed with Bloodlines, but after Vampire Academy I knew I had to check out her other works. I’ve been very into urban fantasies and paranormal romance lately, which is exactly what Richelle Mead is known for.
Like Vampire Academy, the Georgina Kincaid series is composed of six books:
- Succubus Blues
- Succubus on Top/Succubus Nights
- Succubus Dreams
- Succubus Heat
- Succubus Shadows
- Succubus Revealed
Before I give you my summary and thoughts on each one, here’s a brief idea of what the books are about (copied from Richelle Mead’s website):
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 living in Seattle who always seems to find herself in the middle of supernatural intrigue…
So yeah, the story focuses on Georgina Kincaid, a succubus who is forced by Hell to prey on innocent (and sometime not so innocent) men and steal their life energy for her own survival. She’s been around since around the 4th century (if I remember correctly) and has mastered the art of seduction. However, despite the promise of immortality and her deal with Hell, the only thing she really wants is to be human again and live a normal life with a family of her own.
Below are my thoughts on each book. They are FULL OF SPOILERS so stay away if you plan on reading the books.
Before reading this picking up this series, I didn’t really know much about succubi and what they do, so I found the idea of shape shifting and seducing men (and sometimes women) to survive quite interesting. The books also features other immortals beings such as imps, angels, nephilims, vampires and demons.
One thing I found very interesting was the idea that although Heaven and Hell existed in this story, it showed that there is no distinct line that separates good and evil. Georgina and her friends are good people, but they are minions of Hell and must therefore do evil things such as preying on mortals, even if they don’t want to. Carter is an angel (an archangel to be more precise) and yet he is friends with many immortals from Hell, including the archdemon Jerome, and even tries to protect them when he can. Now while I found all this to be interesting, the series didn’t immediately hook me. It took finishing the entire first book before I really started enjoying the story and liking the characters.
As for the romance in the book, I was quite happy with it. As a succubus, Georgina catches the attention of many men, including Seth Mortensen, a famous author who she idolizes. I was a bit annoyed at first because it was initially unclear who Georgina would choose from the men who went after her (Seth, Roman, Doug … I even thought she would end up with Carter or Jerome at one point), but it all became clear at the end. (And speaking of the ending, I thought that note that Seth wrote for Georgina was very sweet, with the whole Thetis and Peleus reference.)
SUCCUBUS ON TOP
The book opened up with Georgina receiving an award for fulfilling her succubus duties thanks to her deal with Jerome in Succubus Blues. The readers are also introduced to Bastien, an old friend of Georgina who also happens to be an incubus.
Out of all the books, I think this one had the least magic and supernatural events. Don’t get me wrong, there were still plenty of it to go around, but there weren’t any huge displays of power and magical battles or anything. This book mainly dealt with three issues. The first is the relationship problems between Seth and Georgina. The two had started dating secretly, and it’s taking all their willpower to stop themselves from sleeping with each other. It shows how the two are forced to deal to the fact that they must remain chaste with each other while knowing that Georgina is forced to be with other men in order to survive.
The second issue deals with how Doug, one of Georgina’s best friends, gets caught up in some drug addiction which turned out to be Ambrosia or Food of the Gods. Georgina reports it to Jerome and Carter but unfortunately they cannot interfere without risking a war between supernatural forces. The concept of a God providing mortals with ambrosia in exchange for sex was interesting, but the way Georgina took him down was a bit anti-climatic in my opinion.
The last issue is the task that Bastien has set out to do, which is to corrupt a hypocritical radio talk show host and expose her. Out of the three issues, I found this to quite boring a bit annoying. I wanted to see an incubus in action, how he lures and traps his prey, but in the end it was still Georgina who managed to figure out a way to finish the task and save Bastien while she’s at it.
Maddie (Doug’s sister) makes her first appearance in this book. She shows up towards the end after Doug is hospitalized due to an overdose of ambrosia and decides to stay and take Georgina’s old position at the bookstore after Georgina’s promotion to manager.
In this book, Georgina is plagued by dreams (or should I say “dream” because it’s always the same one), but not the bad kind. They show her doing something as mundane as washing dishes and taking care of a daughter she wishes to have. It also shows her greeting a faceless husband. The dreams are pretty harmless unless you count the fact that each time she gets them she wakes up with her succubus energy drained. After some investigation, she discovered that she was being preyed upon by Nyx, the goddess of the night. With the help of Carter and a few angels, they manage to come up with a plan to capture Nyx and release Georgina from her spell, but not before Nyx tells her that the dreams were not simply dreams but are premonitions of future events. Georgina wishes it to be true but knows that as a succubus, any chance of her living a normal life and having her own family is pretty much nonexistent.
In this book Georgina realizes how fragile human life is after Seth takes a bullet for her during a mugging. Fortunately he survives, but the event causes the two to rethink their relationship. In the end Seth decides to break up with Georgina to protect her from having to constantly worry about him, and begins to date Maddie. This drives Georgina into losing all hope in everything good and she turns to the dark side by deciding to date Dante, a human psychic who has done several horrible things in order to strengthen his powers.
A bunch of new characters are introduced in the story, including Tawny (a new succubus), Yasmine (an angel), Vincent (a nephilim), Joel (another angel), and Dante. Niphon, the imp who bought Georgina’s soul in Succubus Blues, also makes an appearance in this book. In the end they discover it was actually him who released Nyx and set her on Georgina. His actions and sudden interest in Georgina’s love life causes Hugh to suspect that there might be something wrong with Georgina’s contract. Unfortunately, there is no way to check it so the best they can do is speculate what could be the problem.
I found this book to be extremely captivating. It’s definitely one of my favorites out of the entire series. There was just so much going on and so many new characters that it was hard to not get caught up in everything. Also, the possibility of Georgina being able to regain her soul due to a faulty contract made me so excited. It was pretty clear that she wanted nothing more than to be human and to have a family, and now the readers are presented with the idea that it could happen after centuries of living the succubus lifestyle.
As for the ending, it took me completely by surprise. I did not see that coming at all. I was so pissed at Seth for doing what he did. I know that Georgina goes around and sleeps with other men every few days, and that she’s been urging him to sate his lust with some other girl, but still! To do it with someone Georgina considered to be a close friend is just so wrong. So although I didn’t approve of it, I kinda understood why Georgina decided to turn to Dante for comfort at the end of the book.
After having her heart ripped apart in the previous book, Jerome orders Georgina to start seeing a therapist to get rid of some of her anger and depression. Unfortunately she thinks the whole thing is stupid and ends up sleeping with her therapist. Jerome is displeased and as punishment he sends her over to Canada to work for another archdemon who has been having problems with a Satanist group called the Army of Darkness. Through some investigation, Georgina discovers that the Army of Darkness is being controlled by some “Angel” who is using them to create distractions while she made arrangements to gain power by “summoning” Jerome (AKA trapping him inside a box like some genie) and taking over as archdemon. During Jerome’s absence, all immortals under him lose their powers temporarily. Roman reappears in this story and works with Georgina to free Jerome from captivity. In exchange, he asks Jerome and Carter for amnesty and that he be allowed to live in Seattle without the fear of being hunted down by the archdemon and archangel.
Despite everything that’s going on, Seth and Georgina realizes Jerome’s absence is the perfect time for them to consummate their love without the risk of Georgina stealing Seth’s life energy. Unfortunately, this meant that Georgina and Seth both cheat on their respective partners. While this doesn’t do much damage to Georgina’s soul, Seth cheating on Maddie (several times) pretty much assured him a place in Hell. Overcome with guilt, Seth ends up proposing to Maddie.
Now while it’s pretty clear that Seth and Georgina are meant to be, I definitely don’t condone cheating. And I’m glad that the book showed that their actions lead to terrible consequences, such as the corruption of Seth’s soul. As for Georgina, her boyfriend’s actions almost killed her, so I suppose that was punishment enough.