I have been in a little slump lately in reading YA books. For some reason, I haven't been able to get into any of my recent reads and so I thought I'dI have been in a little slump lately in reading YA books. For some reason, I haven't been able to get into any of my recent reads and so I thought I'd try reading another adult book. I broke from the norm and read an adult science fiction romance novel by one of my favorites, Richelle Mead!
Succubus Blues is the first in the Georgina Kincaid series by Miss Mead. Georgina is just your average woman who has a cat and a cute little flat in Seattle and works in a bookstore, except for the fact that she's an immortal succubus. For those of you who are a little behind on your mythology, a succubus is a shape shifting demon who seduces mortal men. The problem with Georgina is that her succubus lifestyle is wearing on her. She'd much rather live her life of solitude and normalcy, but of course with friends that are arch-demons vampires, imps and angels, an easy life is out of the question. When someone or something starts attacking her friends in the immortal community, she has to figure out who's behind the attacks and it may be the person she least expects.
Well, this one was branded as more of a romance novel but it turned out to be a mystery with two sex scenes thrown in, which I won't exactly complain about. I'm more into to reading actual romance novels, but this mystery was fun and had me guessing who done it.
The concept of a succubus that is bad at her job AND a huge nerd was one of my favorite parts of the book. She wanted to be a normal, boring, 20 something, much like myself, living in Seattle working at a bookstore (my dream life). I liked Georgina as a character, she was a bit more complex than I've been seeing in recently read novels and her attitude and snarky comments were fun to read. She had many layers and I liked the brief flashbacks into her past life before she was a succubus.
As you can probably tell my by semi boring review, this book wasn't all that exciting. It took me a long time to get through and while I enjoyed reading it (as I do with most all of Richelle Mead's books) I found this one to be a little slow and the action and adventure didn't take place until the last 100 pages of the story, which was very disappointing.
Overall, I wasn't wowed as I had hoped to be and I may go back to the series later on when I'm bored and in need of a break, but I don't think that'll be anytime soon. I'm thinking that the next books in the series will probably be a little bit more interesting as we've been introduced to the world and characters, hopefully.
I read this book last year and I was absolutely in love with it. I never got through the whole series because I was distracted by other titles sittingI read this book last year and I was absolutely in love with it. I never got through the whole series because I was distracted by other titles sitting on my shelves, but I’ve decided that I’m going to read the rest of the series very soon! Wicked Lovely is an inventive masterpiece created by Marr that transports you into the world of the fey.
This first installment of the Wicked Lovely series follows Aislinn, a young girl who has always had the misfortune of being able to see faeries. Her grandmother has told her never to stare at the invisible faeries, never to speak to them and never, ever draw their attention. On one particular day, Aislinn is followed by two of the fey: a very handsome boy about her age and a beautiful, but eerily creepy girl. As she’s being stalked, she can’t help but get the feeling that these are no ordinary fey and that their following her can only mean something bad is going to happen. When she finds out that the boy faerie following her is the king of the Summer Court, all of her grandmother’s teachings go out the window as she is thrown into the fey world. Her whole way of life is in jeopardy and she must find a way to make sense of her involvement with the fey courts. As if that wasn’t enough, her relationship with her best friend Seth is escalating into a romance, which adds a whole new level of complication to her relation to the Summer King. This book has faeries, an evil queen, an ice princess and a very hunky tattooed guy, everything you needed to make the story impossible to put down.
As you can probably tell, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. One of best parts was the beginning. Right from the start you are pulled into the story. Aislinn walks the streets of her home city while trying to keep her head down and out of the fey’s focus. From the first page, you see what a hard life Aislinn must lead, trying to keep out of the faeries attention. Marr describes the faeries in her story to be grotesque, but somehow beautiful and mesmerizing. This was a great feature of the story for me. I loved trying to picture the multi-limbed creatures as being so scary that they’re beautiful. I thought Marr did a fantastic job at bringing not only the setting, but her characters to life as well. I could clearly picture the story in my own head, making the read that much more enjoyable. ...more
I'm so excited that I finished the first book in the Vampire Academy series. I've been waiting to start it for a while and now that I have, I'm so excI'm so excited that I finished the first book in the Vampire Academy series. I've been waiting to start it for a while and now that I have, I'm so excited to continue on with this series. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Richelle Mead's launch party for her newest book. I had never read any of her books, but I was excited to see her speak nonetheless. She completely charmed me and I bought almost all of her books... yep... a lot of them.
This series follows some of the students who attend St. Vladimir's Academy, a boarding school for the Moroi and the Dhampir (a race of vampires and their half-vampire guardians). Lissa is a Moroi princess who's best friend, Rose, happens to be a very talented Dhampir who lives to protect her. Because of her loyalty, Rose takes Lissa on the run to save her from herself and those at St. Vladimir's. Once they are recaptured by a group of Dhampir working for St. Vladimir, Lissa and Rose must immerse themselves back into life at St. Vladimir among threats against Lissa and her powers and taunting from classmates. As if this wasn't enough to deal with, there's always the threat of the Strigoi, the evil race of imortal vampires hell bent on killing the royal Moroi families. Rose will stop at nothing to save her best friend and that may mean losing her life.
I completely fell in love with this book and it's characters. Mead has written a rich story with characters you can't help but love. I enjoyed Mead's writing style very much. She has a way of writing that sucks you into the world of the Moroi and the Dhampir and has you never wanting to leave. Her characters have a witty sensibility that makes you laugh out loud and wish that they were your best friends.
My absolute favorite part of this book was Rose, our heroine. She made her way up there as one of my favorite girls in YA fiction. She's strong, sassy and doesn't take anyone's B.S. Rose really has her head on straight and even as she's still growing up and learning to be an adult, she makes the hard decisions that no one has the balls to make and unselfishly, she thinks only of protecting Lissa and making herself the best guardian she can be. Seriously, this girl is kick ass and I loved reading about her adventures.
Now lets talk about Dimitri. Oh, Dimitri. If I were Rose, I'd be on him like white on rice! I loved their forbidden attraction and their almost love affair and I can't wait to see what happens with them in the coming books. I know I'll probably be frustrated and probably yelling for some kissing, but I can't wait!
I really liked Mead's unique take on vampires in this story as well. After hearing her speak, I found out that her basis for the Moroi, Strigoi and Dhampir are based on certain aspects of Romanian folklore. I really liked this different take on mythology. I found it to be creative and more believable... yes I said believable.
Overall, I did really like this story. I think I'm going to like the other books even more as I was just trying to get acquainted with the new world and the characters in this one. It was a lot to take in and a lot of different names to learn in this one!