Book Title: Insatiable
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: June 8, 2010
Summary (via: GoodReads.com):
“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 that 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 . . . ”
What first caught my attention about this novel (besides the cover) was that the main character, Meena, who is completely fed up with the constant presence of vampires (which of course are fictional) in todays entertainment business! So of course she is going to be put in a situation where she is forced by her boss to write about vampires for the Soap Opera she works for! In a plot twist, vampires turn out to be very real indeed, and become very prominent in Meena’s life.
This only adds another layer of complication onto Meena’s life. Since she was already struggiling with her supernatural ability to know how and when anyone she comes into contact with is going to die. While she does try to use her ability for good it doesn’t mean that she has a handle on her ability and that every now and then it doesn’t come back and bite her in the ass.
The lead character is named Meena Harper which is a nod to Mina Harker from the original Dracula – the clear inspiration for this book. Meena is a strong, independent woman who has a strong dislikes of vampires because of their blatant misogynistic tendencies and hates that she now has to write vampires into her soap opera (she’s a dialogue writer for the hit show Insatiable). And yet despite all this she ends up falling head over heels for a vampire…. This annoyed me a bit… Because of the build up of her hate of vampires I expected a bit more of a resistance to her feelings for Lucien.
However, if you are looking for a quick read that is fun with the occasional surprise then this is the book for you.