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Insatiable

A book by Meg Cabot

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The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. - Oscar Wilde

  • May 31, 2010
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Meena Harper is a writer for a popular daytime soap opera called Insatiable. Insatiable is being slayed in the ratings by another daytime soap opera called Lust which has recently introduced a vampire storyline. The producers of Insatiable want to jump on the vampire bandwagon and ask Meena to help create the new vamp theme. Meena hates vampires and is completely bummed at the turn her beloved show is taking.

Meena isn't just an ordinary girl. She also has the ability to know when and how a person is going to die. She spends her time alternating between hiding her gift and trying to save others from sudden and too soon deaths she foresees. While walking her dog, Jack Bauer, at night her life changes when she is rescued from an attack of bats by a handsome and mysterious stranger.

I have such mixed feelings about this book that I hardly know where to start. The premise of the story was fascinating and really tailor-made for my reading pleasure. Unfortunately, it took about 100 pages for the story to really get started and by that time I was having trouble staying interested. This is one of those stories where up until about page 300 I had absolutely no trouble setting it down and continuing on about my life without giving the book a second thought until I picked it up again. That's unusual for me.

The other problem I have with this story is that while it seemed to take forever to get to the main event of the story, the book itself takes place only over a period of 10 days. So much happens in those 10 days that it seemed much longer to me.

The characters are wonderful and each one adds to the story with their unique personalities, gifts and wits. I really cared about the characters. Meena has a heart of gold and is surrounded by unforgettable people. I want to know more about Meena and the rest of the people in this book.

By about page 300 I was really loving this story, finally. Everything was coming together as it should have earlier. It was finally drawing my undivided attention and I was really having trouble leaving Insatiable behind. When I closed the book, my eyes were misty and I was left wanting to know more, to read more, to visit the characters and the world Meg Cabot created again and very soon.

I guess after a rather slow start the book finally gained momentum and that momentum was enough to give me hope for future of this series. I think the potential for a memorable series is there, I just hope that the next book starts off a little more exciting and gripping than this book did. I really am looking forward to whatever is going to happen next.

Cherise Everhard, May 2010

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review by . June 21, 2010
Spoilers. I must admit that I don't think I've ever read a vampire novel before. Of course I can't truly escape vampire culture, but normally, it's just not my thing. But I am a big Meg Cabot fan and was drawn to the premise of Insatiable and Meena's character. I'm so glad I got sucked in because this is one of my favorites of all her novels. The tension between Meena and Lucien and the elaborate plot and vampiric machinations going on were expertly done. Cabot captures the ways Meena feels understood …
review by . June 15, 2010
If you think you are sick of vampires, so is Meena Harper. A writer for the soap opera Insatiable, she is disgusted when her bosses decide that she must include a vampire in her storyline because of their recent popularity. Still, she's prepared to do just that when her next door neighbors set her up with a distant Romanian cousin, Lucien Antonescu...who, as it turns out, is a vampire himself. Oh, and not just any old vampire; he's the prince of darkness, the head honcho, the ruler of all vampires. …
review by . May 19, 2010
In this vampire spoof, Meg Cabot writes a fun chick-lit book.     Yes, it is predictable and the attraction between Lucien and Meena doesn't make much sense, but the book is still enjoyable. Meena is a soap writer for her favorite show. After losing her dream job and finding out that the show in going in a fanged direction, Meena meets Lucien, a guy who she can imagine a future with. You see, Meena can see when people are going to die, and since Lucien is a vampire, she doesn't …
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Cabot (Princess Diaries) winningly applies her trademark likably fallible protagonists and breezy storytelling to a vampire war in New York City. TV writer Meena Harper creates fabulous plots for Insatiable, the second-highest–rated soap opera, thanks to her burdensome if lucrative psychic ability to see into the future and determine how people are going to die. And just as Insatiable is switching to a vampire theme to attract a younger demographic, a spate of chilling murders-by-exsanguination grips New York City. Enter Lucien Antonescu, a sexy, melancholic Romanian history professor/vampire who recognizes that the murders are the work of rogue vampires who have broken away from his order. (Lucien happens to be the son of Vlad the Impaler, whom Bram Stoker gave such a bad rep.) Lucien's opposition: Alaric Wulf, a sympathetic detective from the Palatine Guard, who hopes to use Meena and her prophetic gift to stop the murders and track down Lucien. Unfortunately for Alaric, Meena is a little in love with Lucien. Cabot is less concerned with creating a convincing family tree for Lucien than with creating sparks between her characters, who feel pleasantly natural even as they live alongside the vampires next door.
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ISBN-10: 006173506X
ISBN-13: 978-0061735066
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Romance
Publisher: William Morrow
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