Friday, August 5, 2011

Review of Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Insatiable (Insatiable, #1)
Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them.

Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).

But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own.

And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare.

Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . .

If she even has one.

The summary of Insatiable is somewhat true to real life when it implies that vampires are everywhere these days. In Insatiable, Meg Cabot finally covers vampires (and no, she didn’t just write the book because vamps are trendy, but that’s a story for another day) with a little bit of sexytimes and a strong female character. Despite these two awesome elements, Insatiable didn’t quite quench my thirst for a fantastic adult paranormal novel. (Get it? Quenching my thirst? Vampires? Hardy har har. I’m done now.)

The one thing I can’t complain about in Insatiable is the plot. Cabot tells an unpredictable story that was wrought with suspense until the final page. I read this book while traveling and it made my four hour delay (three of those spent on the plane) s and time sitting in airports pass much more quickly.

I loved Meena right off the bat. She is an intelligent, adult woman who can take care of herself. I appreciated the way Meena handled herself at the conclusion of this story, but I think Cabot wound up making her sound preachy. Even if you believe in the message you’re sending through a character, preachy just doesn’t work for me.

One of my biggest problems with Insatiable was the insta-love, and I’m not talking about the physical intimacy that Lucien and Meena quickly shared. What I mean is that I didn’t like how after having just met Lucien, Meena couldn’t stop talking about how in love she was with him and vice versa. However, I loved reading about Alaric. Even though I wasn’t sure about him at first, he grew on me by the end of the novel. Let’s just say that while I started of who I was rooting for, I finished on Team Alaric.

As far as vampire books go, Insatiable isn’t a total dud. However, there were some things in here that seriously clashed with my tastes. I’ll be curious to see where the story, especially the romance, goes in Overbite.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.


  1. This kind of reminds me of the Sookie Stackhouse / True Blood series - she only falls in love with vampire Bill because he's the only person she's met that she can't read his thoughts.

    This seems like pretty much the same idea, but I'm still curious. I may give it a try if I see it at the library. Good review!

  2. Hmmm, a good plot sounds great to me, but "insta-love" really irritates me. This book was on my radar but then it fell off it. I'm not sure I'll read this, but I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

  3. I really enjoyed Alaric as well. His character development seemed to be the best! :)



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