Saturday, July 24, 2010
Am I too Succumb(us) to the Supernatural ?
With the rise of supernatural beings in fiction, it is no wonder our readingpalettes have been obscured with V ampires, werewolves, fallen angels and demons and, if you are like me, then when you read one book or a particular author, you yearn for more; it’s like a calling for you – “I must read more”. To me, when I hear the word series, two words come to mind “formula” and “fiction”.
For all those who don’t speak librarian lingo, “formula fiction” is when a book follows the same format in plot, and it’s what we seek as reliable, as we all know what we are in for.
Being asked to write about a favourite series of books, one of my favourites – and one that I am waiting patiently for book five to arrive – is the “Georgina Kincaid Series”, written by Richelle Mead. Richelle is more popularly known as the authoress of the “Vampire Academy Series” aimed at teens.
The Georgina Kincaid series pushes the supernatural to the next level. It moves the reader into the world of the semi-erotic, paranormal romance.
The series is based around the main character Georgina Kincaid, who is now living her life as a Succubus which, for those who aren’t sure, is a female sex-demon; and she comes complete with a mixed bunch of friends – the super-naturals – and some humans!
As in most of Richelle Mead’s stories, the main character is a strong female with an attitude to boot, and whom always has a knack for finding herself in:
A) TROUBLE, or
B) a sticky situation that results in a problem TROUBLE,
And, for Succubus Georgina Kincaid – as you readers are about to get a sneaky peek into – TROUBLE is a common recurrence and that, unfortunately, Georgina never learns to avoid.
Book One: Succubus Blues – Richelle Mead – 2007.
To start off this review, I thought I’d clarify what a succubus is: A succubus is an alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men. And, for fun, as the book says, the definition of Georgina Kincaid is “a pathetic succubus with great shoes and no social life”.
However, in Succubus Blues, Georgina’s social life is going to get more hectic than she realises. Georgina finds having a social life pretty hard going when you’re a succubus; but it is the way she likes it.
Georgina has her eyes firmly set on her friends: Hugh – An Imp; Jerome – a demon that has a thing for John Cusack (though no matter how much you ask him, he will deny it); Peter and Cody – the vampires; and Carter – an annoying angel.
If this wasn’t difficult, she has all her mortal friends at the bookshop she works at. In this book, Georgina’s favourite author is coming to the bookshop. As usual, Georgina and Seth hit it off, which would have been great if Georgina didn’t have an admirer – Roman, who happens to be a Nephilim and a killer.
As we read, Georgina hits the stacks and becomes a succubus, Nancy Drew. It wouldn’t be a book about Nephilim’s, without appreciating the verse in the Bible’s “Genesis Chapter 6″, which talks about Angels and Fallen Angels.
Book Two: Succubus on Top, AKA Succubus Nights (Depending which copy you pick up) – Georgina Kincaid Series – Richelle Mead – 2008
Love Sucks and Hurts, especially for Georgina, a succubus who has just got herself a new boyfriend in author Seth Mortensen. Georgina has to be so careful not to kiss him or get sexually involved, otherwise she will drain his life-force. Admittedly, the shape shifting and immortality perks are terrific, and yes, Georgina did choose to join the ranks of hell centuries ago. But it seems completely unfair that a she-demon whose purpose is seduction can’t get hot and heavy with the one mortal who knows and accepts her for who she is.
It’s not just her personal life that’s in chaos.
Doug, Georgina’s co-worker at a local bookstore, has been exhibiting bizarre behaviour, and Georgina suspects that something far more demonic than double espressos is at work.
She could use help finding out, but Bastien, an irresistibly charming incubus, and her best immortal friend, is preoccupied in the suburbs with corrupting an ultra-conservative talk radio star – and giving Georgina some highly distracting come-hither vibes.
If this wasn’t trouble enough with the behaviour Doug is experiencing, others will soon start to have terrible consequences if Georgina, once again, can’t save the day. For Georgina, who has just received a gold star certificate, this is a job she’s getting used to.
Book 3 Succubus Dreams – Richelle Mead – 2008
For some girls, especially Georgina, they just can’t catch their breath, and today is one of those days; or should I say one of those books.
In Book three we are introduced to the not very nice Imp Niphon – he was the one that, way back, centuries and centuries ago, Georginia sold her soul to.
Imp has arrived in Seattle with a new succubus in tow, and a mission – or should I say a job – that Georgina, if she knows what is good for her, can’t turn down! Georgina is to mentor and help break-in a new succubus, Tawny Johnson. Tawny, in Georgina’s eyes, (and I agree) is a mega-slut, and Skank, with a capital S.
However, as always Georgina finds herself stuck in the middle of trouble, she has a Nyx after her – draining away her energy while she dreams weird dreams of her future, or a past that could have been.
Georgina’s home, due to Carter, the angel, has been invaded by a group of semi-ungrateful angels and, of course, Tawny and Niphon.
If this wasn’t bad enough, Georgina has gotten her friend Doug’s sister a job, and she and Seth have been getting more than your average cosy.
Can Georgina, with the help of friends, get out of this mess as usual, and find her Christmas/New Year spirit. And does this book signify the end of the Seth/Georgina odd no-sex relationship?
Book 4: Succubus Heat – Richelle Mead – 2009
Georgina has been in a funk – stuck in a never-ending rut, and is really starting on a downer and is annoying all her immortal friends.
Made to go and see a therapist by her “John-Cusack-lookalike” boss Jerome – after separating from Writer boyfriend Seth – Georgina does the one thing Jerome tells her not to do. The one thing a succubus does best… You guessed it! Sleep with the poor guy.
Now Georgina has Jerome in an uproar, so Jerome has come up with a little plan to get Georgina out of his hair. Send her to Vancouver, Canada on a mission. She has to stop the so-called amateur Satanist group, “The Army of Darkness”, from making fools of themselves. For anyone else this would be an easy task but, as we all know, trouble follows Georgina everywhere and she is about to find herself in the middle of a big Demon War.
When Jerome goes missing and the immortals lose their abilities, it is up to Georgina to put her human mind to work and, with the help of some friends, find out where Jerome is. Georgina restores peace and their abilities before all the immortals are stuck in a never-ending time warp.
Keep your eyes open as old characters re-appear and new ones appear, and watch out for book Five to be released – Succubus Shadows.
So next time you are browsing your shelves for a good series to pick up and read, and the supernatural paranormal romance is a favourite genre of yours, head over to the M’s and check out the books by Richelle Mead.
Other Series include: Vampire Academy (6 Books) and Dark Swan (2 Books)