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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: Insatiable

Title: Insatiable (Insatiable #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: 
  William Morrow
Publication Date: 
 June 8, 2010
Reviewer: Elisa

Summary: Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.
But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.
Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).
But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.
The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.
And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.
Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . .
If she even has one.
Review: This turned into a wild romp of a book with an ending I didn't expect. I love that.
Other than that this book pokes fun at itself from the get go as everyone is a vampire in a vampire obsessed world because hey, how weird, even this book is about vampires with a character named Meena and some talk about what Stoker got wrong and right!  Silly.  Also, Meena writes for a soap opera named Insatiable, so draw that parallel since the book is of the same name.  Remember, soaps are over the top, chock-a-block with crazy situations and characters, if that drives you nuts, look elsewhere.  
Meena is a strong heroine with a hero complex.  The book pulled me in fairly quickly. The characters are quirky and pretty interesting, I remembered who was who and became invested in their outcomes.  I did figure out who the bad guy was quite quickly, but I don’t think Cabot was trying to keep it that much of a mystery.  Meena’s ability is a little different than what we are seeing in the books these days and she has already dealt with it; she knows what works to help others and what doesn’t.  That isn’t what this story is about which was refreshing to me.  The target age of this novel seems to be early 20s because there aren’t any characters trying to figure out where to start, but rather how to continue.  Meena’s brother has been laid off and living with her, her best friend is pregnant, Meena is working towards a promotion and works her butt off and Meena has to make a very big choice about which direction her life will go.
It is a bit of a paranormal romance, but also just sort of a wacky character study of vampires vs vampire hunters, what a “good” vampire might be vs a bad one, vampire dogs and a big ole fight at the end.  I will pick up the next book in the series.  I enjoyed the tongue in cheek wackiness.
-Elisa

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