Thursday, June 30, 2011
Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Insatiable by Meg Cabot
Meena Harper is familiar with the supernatural. After all, she 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 Lucien Antonescu--whom she meets and then makes the mistake of falling in love with -- a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side for which an ancient society of vampire hunters would prefer to see him dead.
The problem is Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met with whom she could imagine herself having a future. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's destiny, she's never been able to look into her own. Lucien seems to be everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, though he might turn out to be more of a nightmare.
In Insatiable, Meg Cabot gives us her witty and modernized take on a familiar literary character.
Meena Harper is a screenwriter for a popular daytime soap renting a luxurious 2 BR in a coop on Park Avenue. Her job rewards her for her convoluted plots and flights of fancy, and in many ways she's living the life she's always wanted. Though even the life of a well regarded tv screenwriter has its downsides, such as the producers that she works for and the bloodsport that is office politics. And that's just her work life.
Her unique ability to know how other people will die puts added stress on her day. Meena can't keep herself from trying to help/warn people as best she can. This sometimes creates awkward social situations and often leads to misunderstandings. Her love life has puttered out and she's limited herself to a handful of very close friends with whom she doesn't have to hide.
Her fortuitous meeting with Professor Lucien Antonescu changes everything. He saves her life so graciously, he doesn't make a fuss about it. She's somehow free from discovering how he will die, and he seems to read her mind.
Lucien's led a solitary and lonely life. He hasn't been drawn to anyone in hundreds of years, but this changes when he meets Meena Harper. He tries to woo her - brings her to the Metropolitan Museum after hours - and sweeps her off her feet. When Meena discovers just why Lucien seems so different, she's torn.
I found Insatiable to be a fun, engrossing read. I loved Meg Cabot's twist on the old familiar. It helped that she set the novel in NYC and in my old UES neighborhood. The book came alive for me and I recommend it highly. The one thing that stood out though - Meena has dark, almost black hair and dark eyes in the novel but the book's cover shows a redhead with blue eyes.
ISBN-10: 0061735086 - Paperback $14.99
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011), 464 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
About the Author:
Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to writing adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series The Princess Diaries. She lives in Key West, Florida with her husband. Learn more about her at www.megcabot.com