Book Review: Insatiable – Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable
Author: Meg Cabot
ISBN: 9780061735066
Pages: 464
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Chick Lit
Source: Publisher
Rating: 2 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. Uh oh…I have this in my review pile, and am not a fan of vamps either. Let’s see.

  2. Uh oh…I have this in my review pile, and am not a fan of vamps either. Let’s see.

  3. I would have given it a chance too, because even though I am sick to death of vampires (Anne Rice fulfilled all my needs over a decade ago), Cabot always seems to have fun and I would have expected that she wrote this book to spite all the vampire fervor. I shall be foregoing this one!

  4. I would have given it a chance too, because even though I am sick to death of vampires (Anne Rice fulfilled all my needs over a decade ago), Cabot always seems to have fun and I would have expected that she wrote this book to spite all the vampire fervor. I shall be foregoing this one!

  5. I was curious about this book, but now I don’t know. I go through phases where I can’t take vampires. I was worried when I started The Passage-but that book was fantastic. Sorry to hear that this one let you down.

  6. I was curious about this book, but now I don’t know. I go through phases where I can’t take vampires. I was worried when I started The Passage-but that book was fantastic. Sorry to hear that this one let you down.

  7. I’m over vampires, too, and I haven’t even read any vampire novels yet! Sorry it didn’t work for you.

  8. I’m over vampires, too, and I haven’t even read any vampire novels yet! Sorry it didn’t work for you.

  9. I’ve read a few other reviews of this book and many don’t seem to like it much. I don’t mind vampire stories, but I don’t think I’ll pick this up anytime soon.

  10. I’ve read a few other reviews of this book and many don’t seem to like it much. I don’t mind vampire stories, but I don’t think I’ll pick this up anytime soon.

  11. Oh boy, sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! I can totally see where you’re coming from, though I have enjoyed the occasional vampire novel. And I’m a huge Cabot fan, so I know I have to give it a try!

  12. Oh boy, sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! I can totally see where you’re coming from, though I have enjoyed the occasional vampire novel. And I’m a huge Cabot fan, so I know I have to give it a try!

  13. I thought it was great for the funny. Most vampire novels are over serious and dark and I enjoyed Meg kind of taking a piss at the genre.

  14. I thought it was great for the funny. Most vampire novels are over serious and dark and I enjoyed Meg kind of taking a piss at the genre.

  15. I am totally not on the vampire bandwagon and don’t really care to be. I think that my teenage daughter might enjoy this one, because really, she is all over vampire literature right now, but I don’t think this one is for me. Thanks for the very honest and perceptive review.

  16. I am totally not on the vampire bandwagon and don’t really care to be. I think that my teenage daughter might enjoy this one, because really, she is all over vampire literature right now, but I don’t think this one is for me. Thanks for the very honest and perceptive review.

  17. I like vamps just fine but I need something original if I’m going to keep reading about them.

  18. I like vamps just fine but I need something original if I’m going to keep reading about them.

  19. This is so not my type of book 🙂

  20. This is so not my type of book 🙂

  21. Oh, so sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! I have it on my TBR pile and I am a fan of Cabot’s work, now I’m a bit nervous to get into it!

  22. Oh, so sorry you didn’t enjoy this one! I have it on my TBR pile and I am a fan of Cabot’s work, now I’m a bit nervous to get into it!

  23. I have to agree with you: the vampire trend has gone too far. And not even just the vampires, but the same portrayals of vampires. If you’re going to continue using them, at least add an intriguing twist to the old time lore. I’ll probably end up skipping this in favor of one of Cabot’s other books. I do enjoy her but I think this is one I’ll probably want to miss.

  24. I have to agree with you: the vampire trend has gone too far. And not even just the vampires, but the same portrayals of vampires. If you’re going to continue using them, at least add an intriguing twist to the old time lore. I’ll probably end up skipping this in favor of one of Cabot’s other books. I do enjoy her but I think this is one I’ll probably want to miss.

  25. I haven’t read this book, but I thought it would be fun for me to try Meg Cabot finally in a genre I adore. Hmm, perhaps it is not as well done as I would have expected. I’ll probably still grab a copy at the library at some point.

  26. I haven’t read this book, but I thought it would be fun for me to try Meg Cabot finally in a genre I adore. Hmm, perhaps it is not as well done as I would have expected. I’ll probably still grab a copy at the library at some point.

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