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Posted by E. Griffin on 4/25/2010
Insatiable is a vampire-romance novel featuring a brave, attractive, young heroine and a handsome, troubled vampire. It is understandable if your initial reaction is that this particular plot line has been done to death, but Meg Cabot has freshened the appeal with humor, bravery, and an intrepid cast of supporting characters.
Insatiable brings together Meena Harper, an average young woman in New York, with Lucien Antonescu, minor Eastern European royalty and college teacher. However, Meena has the ability to predict how someone will die, and Lucien is a direct descendent of Dracula and the reigning Prince of Darkness. Meena and Lucien meet, and are immediately attracted to the "something different" they sense in each other.
Vampire-human romances are never simple, and frequently include some type of vampire war. In Insatiable, the war is between Lucien and his evil half-brother Dmitri, who is murdering humans by draining their blood, breaking both human and vampire law. There is, of course, a squad of vampire killers, who in this novel, work for the Vatican. Alaric, a handsome, strong, and obsessed vampire killer finds himself drawn to Meena against all his instincts.
Completing the cast of characters is Meena's brother Jon, who fancies himself as some type of law enforcement official, her pregnant best friend and her husband, vicious and untalented co-workers, vampire neighbors, and a shelter dog that can sense vampires.
The development of these characters and their relationships with each other creates an engaging story and a book that is difficult to put down.
Insatiable is a sparkling new novel from the talented and prolific Meg Cabot, and I hope that it is the first in a series featuring Meena Harper.
Posted by Heidi Anne Heiner on 5/6/2010
This book is about exactly what one would imagine a book about vampires by Meg Cabot would be. No big surprises, but no disappointments either. Well, actually there is a little bit of one since the ending is open ended and unresolved for future sequels. The novel isn't a cliffhanger, per se, but it is not self-contained. A sequel is expected.
The good news is that of all the adult novels by Cabot, I think this is one of her best, if not her best. (I'm not going to compare it with her young adult works since those are another ball game.) She is highly readable and entertaining. Yes, this is Buffy meets Bella meets Sookie with salutes to all of them, especially the latter two, but I don't think anyone is picking up this book wanting anything more or less than that. Cabot delivers on her trademark name and style and throws vampires into the mix. There is plenty of wish-fulfillment and silliness, as well as an abundance of lovableness and lots of tongue-in-cheek happenings, too. It's not for Anne Rice fans. It's for those wanting to fill in their vampire reading between releases of other favorites series featuring the above mentioned characters. Cabot has fun and we do, too, which is all one can really want for some beach reading this summer.
That said, I received this book as a review copy and picked it up to read it one night during the recent weekend of heavy flooding in Nashville where I live. I was stressed and exhausted--just trying to distract myself despite a very short attention span. The book grabbed enough to keep reading longer than I expected. It was entertaining when I needed a much needed respite from anything serious.
Posted by S. Power on 5/2/2010
Insatiable is about Meena an independent young woman who loves her job writing for the soap opera Insatiable. She hates vampires and is not happy when her boss tells her that she is going to have to write one into the storyline of her soap. Later while taking her dog for a walk she is attacked by a horde of bats and is protected by a handsome stranger. When she meets him later at a dinner party held by her neighbor she falls instantly for him. After their lovely night together she finds that he's a vampire and all the hi-jinks start happening.
Insatiable is different than Cabot's previous adult fiction. While it is about a young woman who knows what she wants it's missing much of the humor that I've come to expect from Cabot. It is much darker than one would expect from Cabot. It's more than just a fun love story. It is a fantastic paranormal fantasy and it's a different take on the vampire craze and will introduce a new set of fans to Cabot's work.
For the parents of Cabots young adult fans who are unsure if this novel is appropriate for their child this book has some sex and violence but nothing excessive or different than you'd find in most of the popular young adult vampire series.