Sunday, September 2, 2012

Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable
Author: Meg Cabot
Narrator: Emily Bauer
Series: Insatiable #1
Publisher: Harper Audio
Length: 16 hrs. & 28 mins.

Description from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

I had some high hopes for this book. The amazing Meg Cabot tackles vampires...who wouldn't love that? Insatiable was a mixed bag of hilariously funny quips and retorts that were watered down with unbelievable intensity and a dowsing of insta-love. Insatiable bounces back and forth from the points of view of several different characters...some are good some aren't. Meena was a great character when she was going on about her love for her dog, hatred of vampires, and all things related to her neighbors. There is a quirkiness about her that I just couldn't help but love. Then the love interest was introduced...Lucien. Hot, sexy, intellectual, intense, bad ass, king of vamps, and all around boring. There was nothing remotely interesting about him. He was the stereotypical vampire and it was hard to really connect to him as a character, therefore making his relationship with Meena something I didn't really care about. They didn't know anything about each other with the excetption of a few sexual acts and they were ready to give up their lives to be with each other after two days. Perhaps it was the vampire mojo...guess I'll just have to accept that. In fact all of the vampishness was cliche and had me periodically cringing. Thank goodness there was another male character that saved the day and stole the show and that was vampire hunter Alaric. He is a vampire hunter with the taste for the finer things in life and has a serious side that made me laugh out loud and at the end of the day was the most redeeming part of the book. There is just something about him that pushed me to read further. Insatiable ends on one of those cliffhangers that makes you go WTF? With an extra chapter or two this book could have ended with no need for a sequel. The narration was good, but not spectacular, but if I continue to the sequel it will be on audiobook. This book gets a barely there 3 STAR rating.

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