Meg Cabot’s written a book about vampires. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, “Another book about vampires? Really? Gimmie a break.”
Yes, more vampires. But Cabot puts her own spin on it–her main character, Meena Harper, hates vampires and all the hype that surrounds them, although she doesn’t believe in them despite her extensive experience with the supernatural (She can see when people are going to die. Fun, right? Not when you’re known as “You’re Gonna Die Girl” all through high school.).
Meena’s life is just not going well: her out-of-work brother’s moved in with her, her promotion was given to the bosses’ niece, her love life is non-existent, and she’s been ordered to write a vampire character into the soap opera she works for.
Then she meets and falls for Lucien Antonescu, a prince with a lust for…life. Yep, he’s a vampire, though Meena doesn’t know it at first (though she does wonder why she can’t see how he dies–understandable considering he’s already dead). She learns this little factoid from Alaric, a hot vampire hunter (yep, a love triangle) who’s got a personal vendetta against the undead and permission from the Pope to kill them all.
Meena’s a great character, typical of Cabot. She’s feisty, intelligent, and able to hold her own. She gets mighty ticked off when the guys try to step in and take over or boss her around. Her brother plays the role of the annoying doofus, always wrecking Meena’s plans. Lucien and Alaric play the roles of tough men determined to protect Meena from each other and from the evil Dominic, Lucien’s brother and all-around bad boy.
While I liked all the characters (even the annoying brother), I wasn’t not sure what to make of Lucien. He didn’t seem fully fleshed out or maybe it was that he was just wishy-washy. He didn’t want to hurt people but he sucked Meena’s blood without her permission (Three bites and some of his blood and she’d be a vamp, too. He only got in two bites.). He claimed to love her but manipulated her and her emotions as if he were playing chess. There seemed to be more layers to him but Cabot didn’t reveal them to us (I’m thinking there’s a follow-up in the works).
Despite that, INSATIABLE is a fun read. I enjoyed Meena’s reactions and interactions with the two men, how she wouldn’t take crap from any of them, how she protected her friends and family even though she didn’t really know what was going on. The writing was light and fast-paced, injected with Cabot’s style of humor. While I was a little disappointed in the ending (I’m not going to ruin it and tell you why. But it’s part of the reason why I think there are more Meena books in the works.), I didn’t want to throw the book across the room (Trust me, this is a good thing. I’ve done it with a couple of books this year. What is it with the crappy endings of awesome books lately? Okay. Done. That’s a rant for another time.) It’s not a YA, either. There’s some sex and some language. Not horrible or overly-detailed so I’d give it a PG-15 rating.
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