Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable (Insatiable #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon / Book Depository / Indigo
Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper

But her bosses are 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 - and then makes the mistake of falling in love with - Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a pit of a dark side. It’s a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, Lucien’s already dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met whom 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 to 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 futures...

If she even has one.

I’ve always been quite partial to anything written by Meg Cabot. I’ll be honest and say straight out that I’ve read just about every one of her YA novels and a great number of the adult novels as well. Wherever Meg Cabot is concerned I always have certain expectations and with Insatiable those expectations were met and in some places surpassed. I’ve never been disappointed by any of her books and this one just fell in line with the others.

The story follows Meena Harper, a young dialogue writer for the soap opera, Insatiable, in New York City. She lives with her recently unemployed older brother, Jon, and dog, Jack Bauer named after the main character from the TV show 24. Meena’s life isn’t what she wants it to be: she was just passed up on a promotion at work, her excessively perky next-door-neighbor is constantly trying to set her up with men from her husband’s office, and her boss wants to have vampires on the show. Basically she’s having a really bad week and it only seems to be getting worse, until she meets Lucien. What she doesn’t know is that though her life may seem to be improving, appearances can often be deceiving.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I just love Meg Cabot. Ever since I picked up the first Princess Diaries years ago I’ve been hooked on her books. Every time a new one came out I just had to have it and it’s been like that for years now. I honestly couldn’t wait for Insatiable to come out. I mean, who wouldn’t? Meg Cabot had written a book with vampires in them, who in their right mind would pass up on that? I had many expectations when I started reading the book and by the time I finished the book, most had been met if not exceeded. The plot was entertaining, the characters were great and the novel was overall a great read.

I think one of my favorite part of the book was Meena. She was just a great character that I took great pleasure getting to know. For once the female protagonist in a vampire story wasn’t some weak girl wanting nothing more than to have her boyfriend change her so they can be together forever. It was a refreshing change. Meena was just extremely likable and, knowing when people are going to die put aside, a believable character. Even though the book was written in the third person, I was always looking forward to the chapters where the focus was on Meena. The other characters, though some were not as prominent as others, were also interesting. At first I wasn’t a big fan of Alaric Wulf but I have to say he sort of grew on me. By the end of the book I was looking forward to seeing more of him. The one character I didn’t appreciate as much was Lucien. Even if he was one of the main characters in the novel, and the love of Meena’s life, there was just something about him that I didn’t like.

Overall the story was really good. There were always twists and a lot of action which made the story go by really fast. The only negative point about the story is that it took a good 50 pages or so for the story to really start. I have to admit I found those first 50 pages long but once I got past them and the story really took off it was hard putting the book down.

If you have ever read a Meg Cabot book and liked it you will most definitely also enjoy Insatiable. If you haven’t read any Meg Cabot then I suggest you go to the book store and pick up one of her books, you won’t regret it.

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