No one quite brings the sexytimes like Meg Cabot. Especially when she takes on the world of vampires in Insatiable.
Confession: I still like vampire books. Even though it seems the market is saturated with them, I’ve yet to grow bored or tired of them. Especially when the writing and the plot is as compelling as Insatiable.
Meena Harper, intrepid main character, is a writer for the soap opera Insatiable. She lives with her unemployed brother Jon and her dog, a pomeranian mix named Jack Bauer. Meena hates vampires and how our culture has become obsessed with them. This is hilarious, because Meena ends up falling pretty hard for Lucien Antonescue, the prince of darkness aka prince of the vampires. Lucien is currently in America to investigate a spat of murders. Throw in a religious order of vampire slayers known as the Palatine Guard to the mix, and you have a rollicking book with an adventurous plot line. The Palatine Guard send their ace in the hold, Alaric Wulf, to solve the murders. Oh, and just one little thing I forgot to mention, Meena can foretell the death of everyone she comes into contact with.
Characterization is something I think Cabot excels at. I absolutely loved Meena. She has this hero complex, is loyal to her friends and family. But, she’s got her weaknesses too. Meena is a bit too nice, and is not assertive enough to stand up for herself when she is passed over for a promotion. Then there is Lucien, who is kind of easy on the brain. Ya’ll he brings the swoons like whoa. He is the prince of darkness, like I said before. He’s got a temper though, and Cabot does not let him off the hook for that. Oh and he’s interested in living a peaceful existence as a vampire. Then we have his rival, Alaric. Alaric has a history. He hates vampires. However, he is incredibly badass. At first he is incredibly annoying, but I found he grew on me after awhile. THEN we have the side characters, and I only want to mention Meena’s neighbors: Mary Lou and Emil. They are socialites and seem kind of shallow at first, but I found they really came through for Meena and had me pumping my fist in their honor.
I found Insatiable to be funny with sarcasm and lines that appeal to my twisted sense of humor.
Things heat up relatively fast. As this is adult there is no cheap fade to black, oh no. We get the full monty. And let me just say YAY to that. Both of the male leads, Alaric and Lucien, are viable contendors for Meena’s heart. I was solidly Team Lucien, but actually wound up with a change of heart and ended up rooting for Alaric. This rarely happens with me. Once my mind is made up, it stays made up.
In all, I found Insatiable to be an engrossing, light read. I think this is a wonderful summer book, especially for those of us who still like vampires.
Disclosure: Received for review.