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Insatiable by Meg Cabot
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Jun 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-paranormal, adult-romance
Read from June 12 to 13, 2011

Meena Harper is having a really crappy day. First there was the girl on the subway, the one with the ridiculous plastic butterflies on her shoes. The girl who is going to be dead by the end of the week. That's Meena's gift, you see, though it's more of a curse to her way of thinking. When she looks into someone's eyes, she can see when and how they are going to die. And the plastic butterfly girl is going to die soon, and violently. Even though she was already late to work, Meena gave the girl her card, tried to warn her. It's the least she can do and the only way she can live with this sucky talent. Then she rushed off to work, which she shouldn't have bothered to do because her day just keeps getting worse and worse. The sponsors of Insatiable, the soap opera that Meena writes for, have decided that what the show really needs to boost the ratings is a vampire story line. And if there's one thing Meena hates, it's the current craze for vampires - the monster misogynist bastards.

The day goes from entirely crappy to completely bizarre when Meena takes her dog out for a walk and gets attacked by a swarm of bats. Attacked and then rescued by a tall, dark and sexy stranger, that is. And just when she's sure she'll never see him again, Meena discovers that her bat battler is actually Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day Romanian prince and the cousin to her neighbors. Lucien is everything Meena has ever wanted in a man and better still, when she looks at him she gets absolutely no hint of impending death. Actually, she gets no hint of death at all and apparently, there's a reason for that. Meena's dream man has his own dark secrets and they're about to swallow Meena's life whole and threaten everyone she loves.

I've read some very positive reviews of this book and I've also read some that are hyper critical. It's the latter I don't understand. This book is fun, people! It's not meant to be world-changing or life-affirming or anything other than pure entertainment. It's F-U-N. You want to have fun, don't you? Meg Cabot books are sassy, witty and laugh-out-loud funny. They are also incredibly well-written, although she doesn't always get enough credit for that. With Insatiable, Ms. Cabot has taken the craze for vampire fiction, mixed in a plot that is truly soap-opera worthy and created a novel that's humorous and exciting and also slightly ridiculous. Meena is a snappy heroine who does remarkably well with all of the crazy things that get thrown at her over the course of a few days. Lucien might be a 'good' vampire, but he's still a vampire - with all the darkness, mystery and mayhem that implies. Throw in an out-of-work brother, a ruggedly handsome (yet oh so annoying) vampire hunter and a cast of crazy, quirky friends, neighbors and creatures of the night and you have a truly enjoyable read.

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