Title: Insatiable (Insatiable #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harper Voyager (21st June 2012)
SICK OF HEARING ABOUT VAMPIRES? SO IS MEENA HARPER.
Meena Harper is familiar with the supernatural. After all, she knows how you’re going to die. (Not that you’ll believer her. No one ever does.)
But while she’s always been able to see everyone else’s destiny, she’s never been able to look into her own. Maybe that’s why when she meets Lucien Antonescu – a modern-day prince who also has no destiny she can foresee – she’s instantly attracted.
The trouble is, when an ancient society of vampire hunters shows up at Meena’s door looking for Lucien, she’s forced to face the truth: that her dream boyfriend might turn out to be more of a nightmare.
So now would be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . . if she has one.
Rating: **** (4 stars)
In Insatiable the brilliant Meg Cabot has decided to tackle vampires. Insatiable tells the story of Meena Harper who has the ability to see how people will die, and a little bit of a hero complex because of it.
When I heard that Meg Cabot was venturing into the paranormal romance genre I was excited. I’m something of a fan, and I was really interesting to see how Cabot would write her vampires. Insatiable was a really enjoyable and engrossing read. Insatiable is written in the third person, and I think it really worked. It’s different from most of the other books in the genre – vampire books seem to inevitably be written in the first person. Cabot’s vampires are really interesting, as they are both familiar and foreign. I think her take on the Dracula/Vlad Dracul ‘myth’ was really fascinating, and helped make the book a riveting read.
Insatiable is part romance, part murder mystery: the plot of the book is very compelling. Cabot does her usual brilliant job of placing the story in the familiar. I really enjoyed Meena’s job, and how much it meant to her. Cabot handled the murder mystery brilliant, leaving enough clues that I could guess who was behind it but not the why. The introduction of the vampire hunters was brilliantly done, and I liked the suggestion of history to the organisation. There were a lot of twists in the plot, and it was a really enjoyable ride.
The characters in Insatiable came alive on the page. I’ve always thought Cabot wrote brilliant characters, and this book cements it for me. Meena was a compelling lead – and I enjoyed the fact that her name references Stoker’s Dracula. She seems like a genuine, nice person, who does her best to help others. I loved her relationship with her brother and her best friend. Lucien was everything I expected from one of Cabot’s male lead characters; he did not disappoint.
If you’re a Meg Cabot fan, then this book will not disappoint you and you should definitely check it out if you’re a paranormal romance fan. I look forward to reading the second book in this series.