Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 2 out of 5
Meena Harper is a writer for a television soap opera called Insatiable, and she’s livid. Her bosses have decided to introduce a vampire storyline into the show and they’re making her write it. Meena is so sick of the vampire trend, and can’t believe anyone could find them attractive. That is, until she meets the mysterious Lucein Antonescu at a dinner party and finds herself in the middle of something she doesn’t understand.
I don’t really like vampire stories, especially the vampire romance-type novels, but when I received a review copy of Meg Cabot’s latest novel, Insatiable, I decided I would give it a try. Despite the fact that it’s about vampires, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed the few books of hers I’ve read, so I hoped she’d have a fresh take on the genre.
There were definitely some entertaining aspects of Insatiable. I did like the character of Meena, and the fact that she was named Meena Harper (reminiscent of Mina Harker from Dracula) was just a fun tribute. The Palatine Guard was a unique aspect of the novel as well, one that did pique my interest. And the book is riddled with Meg Cabot’s trademark humor, making it an amusing read.
However, I have to say that the book as a whole just didn’t work with me. While I didn’t feel like this was a do-over of another vampire novel, it wasn’t really fresh enough for me. I just felt like this was another, run-of-the-mill vampire novel that didn’t really add anything to the existing plethora of novels. I also didn’t find the romance appealing, which is a central part of the book. Additionally, at 450 pages, the novel was way too long. It could have been a lot shorter with no harm to the character development or the plot.
The fact is, I just couldn’t get into this novel. The entire book was really a chore for me, as I didn’t find it interesting. If you’re a fan of the vampire trend, or at least, don’t loathe it as much as I’ve come to, you may want to give this book a try. After all, though it drags in places, if you don’t dislike the entire premise of the novel, you might find it much more enjoyable than I did. However, I can definitely say that it wasn’t for me. Though I will still consider Meg Cabot novels in the future, I’ll make sure to steer clear of any that have to do with our bloodsucking friends.