Over the weekend I was looking for some light reading and, since I never get sick of vampires, I picked up Insatiable by Meg Cabot. It’s the first adult novel in some time for the author of the popular Princess Diaries series.
Insatiable is about Meena Harper, a soap opera dialogue writer and psychic who can see how people will meet their death. Much to her dismay, her bosses at the network want to add a vampire storyline to the show to compete with a rival soap. Meena thinks vampires are ridiculous, but then she meets—and falls for—real life vampire and Romanian prince, Lucien Antonescu. He’s in New York because dead bodies are turning up drained of blood, and, as prince of the vampires, he has forbidden the murder of humans. Unfortunately for Lucien, vampire hunter Alaric Wulf is also in New York to stop the murders and is eager to slay the so-called Prince of Darkness.
Insatiable struck me as chick lit with some vampires thrown in, so even though it’s a fun book, it’s probably not for diehard urban fantasy fans. I think Meg Cabot tried to put a contemporary spin on Bram Stoker’s Dracula by mashing it up with True Blood, but it just didn’t work for me. Meena’s psychic gift is a little too similar to Sookie Stackhouse’s, and her brother, Jon, is practically a carbon copy of Jason Stackhouse (seriously, Cabot better hope Charlaine Harris isn’t the suing type). Alaric Wulf nicknaming his sword Senor Sticky (as opposed to Buffy’s Mr. Pointy) also had me rolling my eyes.
While the vampire storyline was weak, the rest of the book was actually pretty good. Meena reminded me of a competent Bridget Jones, and all her workplace drama was very relatable. Cabot has a wonderful sense of humor and parts of Insatiable were really funny. She takes a swipe at Twilight (“Say it!”) that made me laugh out loud.
I want to caution that though Insatiable is billed as being an adult novel, it’s written more like YA fiction—with a few sexy scenes thrown in. It’s more for older teens and adults who enjoy YA books.
As you can probably tell, I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Insatiable. Since some parts were cringe-inducing and others made me laugh my butt off, I decided to split the difference and give it 3 stars. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend buying it, but it’s worth checking out of the library.
Quotes from Insatiable:
In the cult of monster misogyny, vampires are king.
Even though these guys admit over and over to wanting to kill us,” Meena went on, “the idea that they’re nobly restraining themselves fro doing so is supposed to be attractive? Excuse me, but how is knowing a guy wants to kill you hot?
Shoshona was taking vampire fever—which, yes, gripped the country, there was no denying that; it was obvious enough that even Consumer Dynamics Inc. was aware of it, and they were so oblivious to trends that they still thought having a MySpace page was cutting-edge—too far.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: William Morrow | Pages: 464 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon