When I found out Meg Cabot, the literary queen of cutesy teen princesses, wrote an adult book about vampires, I couldn’t hit the pre-order button fast enough. For all you ladies who would rather read the instruction manual to your DVD player than pour through another predictable vampire love story – don’t roll your eyes just yet. Unlike many cheap Twilight and True Blood knockoffs – this one doesn’t suck! Very punny, I know.
Fans of Sookie Stackhouse and Buffy the Vampire Slayer looking for a lighter version of the vampire huntress should cotton to Meena Harper, a quirky New York City gal who really wants to be normal, but suffers from pesky precognitive powers that force her to see how everyone she meets is going to die.
Plagued by images of her pregnant best friend’s untimely demise, Meena’s luck goes from bad to worse when she gets bypassed for the position of head dialogue writer for the daytime soap “Insiatiable,” and the producers decide to pump up ratings by incorporating steamy, spiky-haired vampires into the script.
Things really get complicated when the endearingly dingy protagonist up and falls in love with – who else – the Prince of Darkness.
The prodigal son of Dracula Lucien Antonescu abhors human bloodletting and will stop at nothing to put an end to the murderous vampire hijinx in Manhattan. But despite his noble ambition, Meena sends him packing when she discovers she’s been kanoodling with a walking dead guy.
Enter the smoking-hot vampire adversary – Alaric Wulf (a very clever last name, I might add). A member of the Paletine Guard, a secret society of vampire annihilators, Alaric has a bit of an anger management problem and a major beef against vamps. Hot on the trail of the Prince of Darkness, Alaric swoops in on Meena and finds that it’s not just her link to Lucian and conveniently useful psychic powers that he’s after.
With punchy jabs at the Stephanie Meyers vampire franchise and literary references to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this fast-paced read will definitely leave readers wanting more. The deft touch of Cabot’s trademark humor is evident in the snappy dialogue. Even the most loyal Twihard will giggle at lines like, “Guys have been asking me to do their hair like his for weeks. Like it’s an actual style and not something accomplished with a razor blade and some mousse. People are psycho for that guy.”
9 thoughts on ““Insatiable” by Meg Cabot”
I love that she works as a dialogue writer for soap operas. That seems like territory ripe for exploration.
A very interesting vocation indeed! Perhaps I should pursue that as a career option when I leave UT! Thanks for leaving a comment – you made my day 🙂
well, since leaving a comment makes your day….;)
nice intro to the book – not too long, not too short, and interesting without giving the story away. plus, like your writing style.
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That’s the best comment a book blogger could ask for!!! Thank you so much for reading my blog and taking the time to post such a nice comment. 🙂
Nice review! I’m not sure if I’ll like this book. I’m a fan of Meg Cabot’s work but I’m not into Twilight or Vampire Diaries or any vampire stuff. Based on your review though, I might give this book a chance.
-Nancy, The Chick Lit Bee
Thanks for the comment! I’d be interested to know what you think of the book. In a way, I get the sense that even Meg Cabot is laughing at herself for succumbing to the vampire craze. If you’re into her adult books, I highly recommend reading the Queen of Babble series – so much fun!
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I like this book, but I didnt like the way Meena treated Lucien at the end.
Thanks for the comment! I agree, it was pretty surprising how she turned on him. This is the first Twilight-esque vampire love story I’ve read in which the female lead hates vampires. I met Meg Cabot at the Texas Book Fest and she said there’s a sequel in the works!