2.5 stars SPOILERS YOU WERE WARNED. "Demons...more**spoiler alert** November Pick-it-for-me-challenge Romance Reader's Reading Challenges Picked by: Melissa
2.5 stars SPOILERS YOU WERE WARNED. "Demons are scary" are anything further then the truth in Succubus Blues. Jerome the "higher" demon that Georgina works for is not terrifying or intimidating whatsoever. The story follows a "young" appearing immortal who's centuries old who was once a mortal but cheated on her husband with his best friend and made a pact with an imp. She wanted to erase his memory of her and his pain so in return she had to spend eternity as a succubus having sex with men so they would sell their souls to hell. Statistics apparently show that mortals will sell their souls for 5 reasons; sex, money, power, revenge & love. Okay, I think I could see acouple of those reasons.
I'm not going to lie I was excited about SB getting picked for my monthly challenge (So thank you Melissa), about a succubus a sex demon! I've heard about them & Incubus before but its hard to actually find a book that features these demons. However the actual story was far cry from what I was expecting, the plot more mundane and a lot of characters that excentially had nothing to offer to it.
Georgina. She works at a bookstore so half of the story is her constantly talking about meaningless tasks like not being late for work and running the cafe. I mean if I really wanted to hear about how I made a mocha cappucino with caramel syrup on top for excitement I would just go apply at starbucks. I think a sex demon that has lived for centuries would be a little more exciting then that, even one that was forced into it. She is a little too squeaky clean for my tastes, maybe selfishly I wanted to read about a fearless sex demon who gets what she wants but can still wish she were mortal too. Now theres your succubus.
There is also NOT that many sex scenes in this one so if your a horn dog and you thought this sex demon gets in on constantly in this book, your tough out of luck. Sure there are in there but not that much. She is too busy trying not to suck the life out of the mortals. There's also the love interest of Seth, I didn't even find this amusing. I didn't feel any connection to him, he was somewhat of a dweeb, boring, socially awkward in a un-cute way. I like dorks infact I prefer them however he was simply NOT swoon-worthy just a fruit tart. Personal opinion.
I loved Roman. I know he's nephilim and he is so called "evil" but he was my favorite. I didn't find him evil at all really, infact in a wierd way what he said made sense. Georgina IS a slave to Jerome. Which by the way they have AWARD ceremony for putting people into hell? WHAT? Really? I doubt demons have that much free time on their hand that they would make it sound like again-a retail job. Back to the point, Roman played a mean trick on Georgina. But I understand WHY he did it. Infact I feel like Georgina is kinda dull for him. However if you remember after he rated her out before he knew, he was willing to change his mind about his whole plan.
This is the part where Georgina actually makes me pissed off. She constantly up until the part where she turns him in, says sure she cared about Seth but she always loved Roman. How in love she was with him and didn't want him to die. When she does something stupid and calls before really trying to convince him, she accidently kisses Seth and finds out he's in love with her. Now she's all over Seth and he's the love of her life 100% Team Seth. Really? You really can flip flop between men. There is also the fact that she got Roman's sister killed after using him. It reminded me of how Nora Grey was with Scott. You ruined his life and then he buys you a car. WTH? I just didn't get that.
I feel bad for him really, and I know he'll be the enemy in the books to come which makes me kind of hesitate to continue on with this series. Roman & Carter are the only things that really made me continue with the story. If she ended up with either of those two, it would have been even more enjoyable but atlast I can never get what I want. I'll probably read the next one just to see if Seth gets any wierder and probably to find out what happens out of curiosity. Thanks to Melissa though for recommending me to read it otherwise I probably would have passed this one up. Overall. Could have been so much better, but it was a light read. OK but not something I would read again.
I read this in my freshman year of high school. I can't really say much since it was a long time ago that I read this book and watched the movie but I...moreI read this in my freshman year of high school. I can't really say much since it was a long time ago that I read this book and watched the movie but I do remember enjoying it more then most books I had to read. It was sad but had a good message in it and actually enjoyed it more then to kill a mockingbird.(less)
Wow I didn't see that one coming. Going to warn you guys this is a review of the ENTIRE series and it contains all kinds o...more**spoiler alert** 4.5 stars
Wow I didn't see that one coming. Going to warn you guys this is a review of the ENTIRE series and it contains all kinds of yummy spoilers, so don't say I didn't warn you. Let me start out by saying that the only reason I read this series was because I read Bloodlines and thought it would give me a better review of that book (which I found boring by the way). I avoided this series like the plague, thinking it was another House Of Night copycat. Don't get me wrong I liked HON but after Kalona well it just got wierd and has been slightly going downhill for me what with Zoey being able to do anything with little consequences. The whole time reading this series though I couldn't help comparing Rose to Zoey as the hero. Let me just say, Rose frickin rocks.
So finally I bought them expecting to give you the most venom-nasty review of my life expecting it to be a duplicate boring fangtastic edition of Vamps meets Harry potter. I've read so many vampire novels it'd make you sick to your stomach. It got to be annoying actually. Blue Bloods, Evernight, Twilight, House of Night, Sookie Stackhouse novels, Vampire Diaries, Vampires for Dummies 101 to name a few. Ok...well maybe not that last one. It got so bad that when I was reading Blood Promise and my boyfriend asked me what I was reading I felt embarrased and just gave him a look. All he said was "Vamps again?". True story. Literally they are everywhere however I believe a good book is a good book.
The truth is I really enjoyed reading them and that's what I'm basing it on. Sure, there were ALOT of grammar errors that I found and I hated that Mead kept repeating what happened in the previous books (as if I didn't read those?) over and over again. Explaining what Strigoi were and the fact that Dhampirs can't mate. The flashbacks. Certain things got on my nerves but overall the most things I loved the most were the characters in the story.
Vampire Academy: Your introduced to Rose and Lissa mostly. Rose is pretty badass, but whats funny about her is everybody thinks shes a slut but is really not? I found this confusing at first but really its kind of nice to have a hero who doesn't give a freak what anyone thinks about her. Even though at first she comes off atleast a little cocky (which she is in the first book) I have more respect for that then Zoey's claims of innocence and then goes and messes with everbody's feelings. I felt like she was more believable. Kinda bratty and immature in first book but real.
There is also Victor Daskov. In the first book I honestly didn't think much of him. Really. The only thing I found really funny was the lust charm. Seriously who would think of that? I also fell in love with Dimitri.
Frostbite: Things that stood out in this book. The Ski trip where you meet Adrian. Adrian is funny but I don't nearly like him as much as Dimitri (Sorry fans) but I do appreciate him. I guess I'm not into the pretty spoiled rich boy, but then he does have a specific charm. He brings bit of comedy to the series that wasn't there prior. I also love Christian. You see more of him here and get to know him better.
The Strigoi attack where Mason gets killed. I can't say that I mourned Mason since he seemed so...plain to me. We didn't really get to KNOW him you know? Before he died off. Dimtri and Rose get closer, and you get a glimpse into the real Dimtri. Again he's probably my favorite character of the series so I'm biased. There is more action in this one then the first.
Shadow Kiss: Probably my favorite book of the series. I loved this one. Rose grows so much from the events in this book that it is stagering. Where to begin? Moroi are finally stepping up to fight instead of hiding behind their guardians. The Line They come first bugs me but I know its how they were raised to believe.
Dimtri and Rose get closer. Hubba Hubba. He lets down his guard and you see just how cute their romance is. I think Dimtri loves Rose for how strong and courageous she is and not just that she has a nice rack which is nice considering the plotlines of YA's nowadays. (Oh what pretty eyes you have...now lets have sex etc.) I found it really romantic. I actually felt devastated when Dimtri got taken even though cheatingly I knew the ending already. It still made me sad.
Blood Promise: My second favorite. The beginning was really slow I admit it I think she drew it out for the good stuff. I loved meeting the Belikovs however that skirmish with Viktoria was kinda lame. Meeting Abe Mazur. Loved him!! Probably my second favorite character next to Dimitri to be honest. Dimitri as a Strigoi. My favorite scene in the series was when Rose finally sees him for the first time.
“Roza." His voice had that same wonderful lowness, the same accent . . . it was all just colder. "You forgot my first lesson: Don’t hesitate.”
This was A.W.E.S.O.M.E! Words can't even describe it. I loved Dimitri as a Strigoi almost more. He was somewhat like himself but twisted version of it. I loved that he still could be loving but terrifying at the same time. The scene where he is hunting her by the bridge is also my favorite. I loved this one and couldn't put it down. How hard would it be to have to hunt down the guy you love? Rose has guts I'll give her that. It also showed her as an addict, as weak or weakness which I liked. It showed even Rose can struggle sometimes.
Spirit Bound: This one was probably my least favorite. They go chase around Victor and Robert and try to figure out a way to cure Dimitri. There were two things I did like about this one. One the letters Dimtri sent Rose had me LOL'ing IRL. No joke. They went something along the lines of if I'd be dreaming it would be of you and I can't wait to choke the life out of your eyes. How romantic. How sad is it that I enjoy watching Dimitri act like a total pyscho.
Whats even more hilarious is how she tells Lissa so nonchalantly it cracks me up. Also I did like Adrian alot more in this book.
Last Sacrifice: After Dimitri is cured and what not, and he is being a complete prick. At first I wanted to fry him like a waffle, but then realized obviously if they were happy go lucky in the beginning what kind of story would that be? Still....I was so hoping he wouldn't go Edward Cullen on me which he kinda did. (The whole I-stay-away-cause-that-will-protect-you crap) But Rose Hathaway is no Bella Swan. After being rejected sadly, she fights back. Which is another reason why shes kickass. Honestly I can't stand the woman heros who sit a pine over a guy.
Also I know everybody is going to bitch about how she dumped Adrian but I kinda understand how she felt. I knew Adrian & Rose just didn't fit well together. It kinda makes sense that he should end up with Sydney. Dimtri made Rose grow as a person, Adrian was a type of guy she would have ended up with in VA not now. She changed and her and Dimitri just fit together. Its sad how he found out, but it was inevitable in my case. I'm shocked by how much emotion he has in the last book because during the series I never really felt like he treated her seriously it was mostly jokes? I don't know. Honestly, he just didn't strike me as someone Rose would end up with.
There is also the mystery of the Queens death. I loved that I couldn't even figure it out. Highly entertaining.
So that concludes my review for now. I'll embarrasingly add me to the list of squeeling fan girls of Dimitri Belikov anyday and now a Vampire Academy Fan.
Oh man. What is this world coming too. :) Rating: (less)
I remember reading this in like middle school I think? It was incredibly boring and not well written. I just remember not liking it at all. That's all...moreI remember reading this in like middle school I think? It was incredibly boring and not well written. I just remember not liking it at all. That's all I can really say. (less)