Insatiable, by Meg Cabot

InsatiableI am a huge Meg Cabot fan, so it’s probably not surprising that I quite liked Insatiable, which I read last month (I’d put in my hold request quite early at my library).

Having said that, I can kind of understand why it’s had some mixed reviews (I haven’t actually read any full blog reviews yet, so I’m going by the Amazon ones, which are definitely a mixed bag).

Update: I just realized I forgot to include a summary of the novel! Here’s the description:

Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.

But her bosses are 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. It’s a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.

The problem is, Lucien’s already dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met whom 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:

Insatiable is written rather tongue-in-cheek, and I think if you keep this in mind, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

And one of the tongue-in-cheek things that Cabot does is throw in everything-but-the-kitchen-sink. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know what I mean. There’s a point during the “final battle scene” where your eyes kind of widen, and you think to yourself, “OMG, she’s throwing in everything but the kitchen sink!”. You might even say to yourself, “Wait a minute! I think that is the kitchen sink!”.

Fun, nevertheless. At least, I thought so.

Cabot’s also trying to get a few points across, too. Like this one: it’s not such a good thing to be stalked by someone who says he loves you – not even if he’s this really hot dishy vampire prince.

Another is: He might say it’s true love, but when someone wants to swoop into your life and take total control of it, even if it’s in order to keep you “safe”, this is really not such a good thing. No, not even if he’s this really hot dishy vampire prince.

Best phrase in the book? “… he definitely didn’t sparkle”.

See what I mean about tongue-in-cheek?

11 thoughts on “Insatiable, by Meg Cabot

  1. Beth F

    Sounds like a lot of fun! And this is important message: “He might say it’s true love, but when someone wants to swoop into your life and take total control of it, even if it’s in order to keep you ‘safe.’ ”
    .-= Beth F´s last blog ..Spotlight On Kate Ledger =-.

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  2. rhapsodyinbooks

    I have this curious history with Meg Cabot – I keep buying her books used from the library sale, then taking them back as donations without having read them. Not sure why! But this one sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe I should start with it and see if I really like her or not!

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  3. nat @book, line, and sinker

    i’ve enjoyed some meg cabot in the past but cringe at the thought of other authors being snarky about stephenie meyer. meyer got many of my students–all vocal non-readers–to pick up and FINISH 4 novels. i know her writing isn’t great but she captured my students’ minds and imaginations and i sometimes use examples form the novels in class when discussing symbolism and metaphors.

    okay, i’m hopping off my soapbox now. :) i do like meg, especially the mediator series–and would be willing to give this one a shot.

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  4. Jackee

    So is it a commentation/spoof on Twilight? Meg Cabot is a great writer–I’ll have to look into this one more… even though I’m into vamps. Oh! Just like Meena. :o)

    Thanks, Belle!

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