Succubi on Sunday

Maybe I should make this a regular feature.

The first succubi story I read was not Richelle‘s or Jackie‘s.

It was Eileen WilksOriginally Human in the Cravings anthology, which I bought in my bid to assuage my need for more Lupi books, though of course I enjoyed it anyway.

And now we have more succubi books!

This is only going to be a short “why you should get them” post. The full review will go up in December for Hell’s Belles and March next year for Succubus Blues.

I think I’m the first to do a comparison, at least online. Correct me if I’m wrong though.

They are very different books, despite the outward similarities. In some areas, both Richelle and Jackie took almost perfectly opposite approaches.

In terms of voice, Jezebel, who stars in Hell’s Belles, has a slightly chick-lit flavor, IMHO. She is very exuberant, enjoying her new life on Earth despite being on the run. She is what she is, a succubus, though over the course of the book, you slowly see just how well she fits on Earth.

Georgina, the star of Succubus Blues, on the other hand has always lived on Earth, and she has for centuries now. In her day-to-day routine, she lives like a human woman. She has a dayjob, bunch of pals she drinks/parties with, etc. Except that she is also an immortal shapeshifter who steals/claims souls for Hell.

Hell’s Belles has a red cover and Succubus Blues has a, you guessed it, a blue cover. I think that the colors represent the respective personalities very well.

You actually go to Hell (I mean that in a fictional sort of way, not in a rude, fuck off and die sort of way) in Hell’s Belles. I really like Jackie’s concept of Hell, by the way. In fact, I like it so much, I am JEALOUS. Big time.

On the other hand, you delve more deeply into Georgina’s psyche, by taking a trip into her past. I do feel that it’s a bit more character-driven than Hell’s Belles (this is an observation, not a complaint). You see Georgina interacting more with other people, whereas Jezebel’s a bit self-absorbed and tends to observe people rather than really interacting with them–though I do put this down to her ‘new’ to Earth.

I liked both books equally, or almost equally, but which one I prefer more will depend on what day it is, and definitely recommend reserving at your favorite indie bookstore.

Also, it’s EVIL to leave excerpts at the back for books that won’t be out for a year or more!

PS Angie? šŸ˜› Nanananananana!


7 Responses to “Succubi on Sunday”

  1. December 3, 2006 at 2:43 am

    Muah! I’m glad you got the chance to read them and enjoy them. I’ll be sure to pick up Jackie’s book when my book buying embargo comes to an end on January 2nd. I heard good things about it from someone else and while I’m jealous you got an ARC and I didn’t *sniffle* it’s great to hear an advance opinion on it!

  2. December 3, 2006 at 9:02 am

    I’m obviously biased, but I feel like you did a great job nailing the similarities and differences, May. Jackie and I have gone through a lot of ups and downs over having two succubi books coming out at the same time, and we’ve countered that despite odd similarities (like characters named Roman), they’re actually very different in style and voice. Thanks for validating that. šŸ™‚

  3. December 3, 2006 at 12:33 pm

    * clap clap clap *

    This was a terrific comparison, May! Richelle and I have both stressed and giggled over the oh-my-God similarities, and we’ve relished the differences. On a personal note, I’m thrilled you loved HB’s Hell. And yes, Richelle and I are evil, evil, evil. šŸ™‚ We wouldn’t have it any other way.

    PS: Sorry, Angie! But you could still win a phone thong and a free copy… šŸ™‚

  4. December 4, 2006 at 12:27 am

    I’m looking forward to both these books. šŸ™‚

  5. December 4, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    Angie and Jordan, you’ll love them. šŸ˜‰

    Richelle and Jackie, thank you. *blushes*

  6. December 5, 2006 at 6:42 pm

    LOVED Hells Belles. Haven’t read Richelle’s book yet. Looks awesome!

    I’ll be blogging about Hells Belles tomorrow.

    Great writeup on both, May!

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