I'll admit, I loved Meg Cabot when I was in middle/high school, so I was predisposed to her adult novels. And I was delighted to find that not only is she an excellent young adult author, but she is versatile enough to write entertaining fiction for adults without carrying through the drama and adolescent writing of her young adult novels (which just goes to show that she truly writes for her audience, not her abilities!).
Insatiable entertained me right from the beginning because, although it is, in a way, jumping onto the vampire bandwagon (thanks for this, Stephanie Meyer), it also makes fun of the vampire bandwagon. This makes me so happy. I have always been one to question the bandwagon (I doubt I would ever have read Harry Potter if I didn't start reading the books before they became well-known in the U.S.), which I think is part of why this book appealed to me right from the start.
But moreover, Cabot brings all the elements that made her a household name to a new level in this book. Although Cabot has never been particularly skilled at painting pictures for the reader, her characters jump off the page with the quirkiness and approachable realism that made the Princess Diaries so successful. The story is entertaining as well as engaging--although you think you know what's happening, something will almost certainly surprise you over the course of this (thank goodness!) 400+ page novel. But, as with all her other books, my favorite thing about her writing is still the dialogue. I have yet to find a writer whose dialogue is as entertaining as Cabot's--she always manages to have her characters say the things you wish you could think of.
Intriguing and laugh out loud funny, Cabot writes as well for adults as she does for teens. I literally could not put this down. Even if you scoffed at Princess Diaries or, from the vampire side, Twilight, for being too immature, try Insatiable. And if you like it, make sure you check out Cabot's other adult books--they're just as fantastic (and I recommend starting with The Boy Next Door).
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The first book in Meg's latest series, Insatiable, and has already been released on June 8th, 2010. This series is a modern retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The main character is named Meena Harper. She is a writer on a television soap opera called Insatiable. She is being forced by management to write vampires into the plot of the show due to their popularity. Meena, however, hates vampires (and rightfully so) and thinks it's a stupid idea (especially after twilight and it's reckless fans who have not a clue about what lies in the real world). The book takes place in New York City.