Meena Harper has never been a fan of vampires, but suddenly they're all around her. They're on TV, in books and movies, and now she's being forced to...moreMeena Harper has never been a fan of vampires, but suddenly they're all around her. They're on TV, in books and movies, and now she's being forced to write one into Insatiable, the soap opera she works for. Meena has never understood the obsession with vampires and her first thought when told she has to write about them, is how quickly can she kill them off. However, as someone with supernatural powers herself, it's strange how quickly Meena dismisses the existence of creatures of the night. Meena can tell when and how a person will die just by looking at them. This uncomfortable power keeps her trying to save as many people as she can, and lying awake nights worrying about the people she can't save. This is Meena's life until the day she meets Lucien. He's smart, suave, gorgeous, and a prince. But not just any prince. Lucien is the "prince of darkness," the supreme ruler of all vampires. Yeesh, Meena just can't catch a break.
I love Meg Cabot, so when I heard she was writing a vampire book I couldn't wait to read it. However, I was a little disappointed with the beginning. The first 150 pages moved really slowly for me. I liked Meena, but I was getting bored with the pace, or lack there of, of the narrative. Just when I was ready to heave a great sigh and, for the first time ever, give up on Meg Cabot, the story got going!
Meg Cabot's vampires are a return to traditional creatures. They can't go out in the sun, are repelled by garlic and holy water, and they can turn into bats! AND, best of all, Lucien is Romanian! Yay! A traditional vampire with a traditional vampire accent! With these monsters come their feared enemies, the vampire hunters. Alaric the vampire hunter, was my favorite character in the book. He's an interesting mix of high class tastes, man's man fighting style, and ridiculousness. Seriously, he calls his sword, "Senor Sticky."
Meena was exactly what you'd expect of a Meg Cabot heroine. She's small, feisty, smart, beautiful but unaware of it, and a little sarcastic. Her observations on vampire pop culture were hilarious! I love that she refers to them as "misogynistic monsters." Also, her gift makes her an incredibly sympathetic character. She worries about the co-worker who is getting too skinny, and starts leaving sandwiches for her. She gives her card to a stranger on the train who she feels is going to need help soon. Her gift is a burden, but one that she puts to good use.
Overall this was a fun story with a slow start. If you can make it past those first 150 pages, you won't be disappointed with the rest. Yes, technically it's for adults, but, as I said yesterday, teenage girls will read books like this. Especially with the popularity of vampire novels that's still going strong, although slowly being taken over by fallen angels...anyway. This is another fun summer book that needs to be taken to the beach! (less)
Jen Lancaster has the perfect life. She has a job that pays enough to keep her in designer shoes forever, a boyfriend who loves her, a closet stuffed...moreJen Lancaster has the perfect life. She has a job that pays enough to keep her in designer shoes forever, a boyfriend who loves her, a closet stuffed with the cutest clothes, and an apartment built in real estate heaven. Until the day she gets laid off and has to start re-evaluating some of her life decisions. Did she really need so many designer tubes of lipstick? Where did her savings go? How is she ever going to pay for the apartment she loves so much? Jen's unemployment memoir follows her through two years searching for a job in Chicago. She tries everywhere and everything to pull herself out of her economic slump, all without ever losing her trademark biting wit and uncontrollable urge to judge people. She might be a tad bit full of herself, but why shouldn't she be...she's the best person ever...right?
One of my besties recommended this book to me about 6 months ago and I just got around to reading it. I kept pushing it back for new kids and teen books, but eventually she wore me down. This really is a perfect summer read. It's funny, snarky, intelligent, and an all around good time. Yes, Jen is incredibly full of herself. She's selfish, self centered and, as she says herself, "egomaniacal." However, she does become easier to love as the story moves along. I'll admit it, in the first few chapters I was seriously doubting whether or not I'd be able to finish the book because of how much I disliked her, but she really grew on me. Frankly, I don't actually think she's that bad. She loves her boyfriend/husband and her family, she has close friends who she really does seem to care about, and, even in the depths of her financial woes, she adopts two homeless dogs. Sounds like a pretty okay person to me!
It was fun to read about someone living in Chicago for a change. It seems like all the books like this, fictional and non, take place in New York. When I went through my obsessive chick lit phase from 15-17, most of the books I read were set in NYC or London. I actually can't think of any that were set in Chicago! I definitely enjoyed reading about places I've been and hearing the perspective of someone who loves the city that's always been just down the street. Seriously, you can see the Sears (yes I know, Willis...shudder) Tower from the end of my street!
As I just said, I was a chick lit aficionado for most of high school...okay and college. Yes, I skipped YA completely, which may be why I love it so much now. At the tender age of 15 a friend gave me Jemima J by Jane Green and I never looked back. Which is why I think books like this have lots of cross over appeal for teen readers. I would definitely have picked this one up and devoured it in one sitting. My favorite pleasure reading authors in high school were Jane Green and Philippa Gregory (my chick lit obsession rapidly grew into a historical fiction one). It always cracks me up when parents get all bent out of shape over the romance in YA, the brief sexual encounters or discussions. They should read some of the scenes from my high school favs! Their poor worried parental faces would melt right off!
Overall, this was a fun book that begs to be thrown into a bag next to the towel and sunscreen. If you're looking for something light to take away the summer reading stress (all you public librarians) this might be just what you need. Enjoy! (less)
This was a pretty fun book. I can't wait to get to the later books in the series that haven't already been on True Blood. I think I would have liked t...moreThis was a pretty fun book. I can't wait to get to the later books in the series that haven't already been on True Blood. I think I would have liked this more if I hadn't already seen the show! =)(less)