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Insatiable

Meg Cabot

Published 2010       464 pages

Reviewed by Ania Tyburska

Summary (from the book jacket)

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.

The Review

Insatiable seemed to be a perfect beach book. I thoroughly enjoyed other Meg Cabot’s works, both for adult and young readers and her first foray into the world of supernatural, in the compilation Prom Nights From Hell, was a funny chunk of literature. That is why, first day in Corfu I sat on the beach, facing the beautiful emerald sea and prepared myself for some much deserved laughter. No such luck.

Insatiable was introduced as the modern day sequel to Bram Stocker’s Dracula, but the similarities to the famous predecessor are limited to the name of the main heroine, Meena (her mother was afraid that people may pronounce Mina incorrectly). The rest of the story line evolves round the visit that Lucien, son of original Dracula and the present ruling prince of darkness, paid to New York City. I am not a devoted Dracula purist. I always enjoyed an intelligent use of classic motif and literature correlations hidden in the modern books. But Meg Cabot took the archetypical story and changed it into a soap opera. Even if it was premeditated (Meena is a script writer for the soaps) the outcome is simplified and incoherent, completely lacking the depth and beauty of Dracula.

All the characters in Insatiable have some serious personality issues. Meena is a guilt ridden wimp (she can predict peoples deaths but no one believes her gift) her brother is a loser with delusions of grandeur and I cannot even put my fingers on what is really wrong with Lucien. He was supposed to be this tragic hero, torn between his bestial upbringing and true love, but in the end he reminded me more of a stalker with anger management issues. Not the most promising romantic protagonist. The only person that came through is the dorky vampire hunter Alaric and his plot is why I kept reading the book.

My main issue with this book is the aforementioned lack of laughter. Meg Cabot kept trying for some lighter notes and situational humor but those endeavors were lost in the plot complications. When I think of some scenes from the book, like for example the attempted kidnapping of Meena from one of NY’s coffee shops, they should have been hilarious. It felt like some vital part of the description just got lost in translation.

Meg Cabot is an experienced writer. Even her weaker works are up to certain standards and you are in no danger of dying from boredom. The thing is Insatiable is a completely unremarkable book. I left it without regrets on the book pile for tourists in my hotel on Corfu. I noticed later on, that it vanished from the shelf. Maybe the next person to read it will enjoy it more.

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