Insatiable (Meg Cabot)

Insatiable Insatiable by Meg Cabot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From Goodreads: "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."

If I were to give an opinion on Meg Cabot, I'd say I like her writing. Fun, flirty, frothy, frivolous - most of her books exemplify one or more of the aforementioned adjectives. Most of the world probably knows her best for her Princess Diaries series, which, given the eventual repetitiveness of the series AND the number of books she's written, is a shame.

Here, Cabot turns her pen to the vampire craze that's sweeping the nation, courtesy of Edward Cullen and friends. The catch? That the main character, Meena Harper, is downright sick of vampires. Oh - and she has the morbid ability to predict others' deaths. The summary (above) pretty much captures it all. Meena falls for the perfect guy, finds out he's a vamp, and then there is much fighting and confusion.

The strength of this work is its pitch perfect Meg Cabot-ness in the midst of the oh-so-serious vampire stuff - the soap opera trying to capitalize on the vampire craze, the hilarious Mrs. Antonescu (the Gucci-wearing, matchmaking vamp-next-door), the too-stupid-to-live brother Jon, and of course, Jack Bauer (the dog). Oh, oh! And Alaric! Alaric! My goodness! (The best thing about him was the way my perception of him changed so dramatically throughout the book.)

I've heard complaints about Meena acting stupidly - I choose to attribute her actions to Cabot's nod to Stoker's Dracula (what with the whole vampire hypnosis thing), as she's so clearly doing that with a lot of the rest of the book. Otherwise, I'd probably be really annoyed at Meena.

Overall, I thought it the best Meg Cabot book I've read, most likely because it's something different than the rest of her work. It was fun, frivolous, frothy - all those things I mentioned earlier, but with vampires. Maybe the whole serious vampire thing is dead (I really, really hope so), but Meg Cabot may have started a new trend by poking fun at the serious in this sly book. I've heard there's a second book coming up... For that one, I'd love to see more of Alaric and Jack Bauer, less of stupid Jon, and maybe Meena kicking Lucien in the nuts. I guess we'll just have to wait and see...

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