Insatiable by Meg Cabot

I picked this book up in the bargain book section and was eager to read it after skimming the cover.  Want to read the book cover?  Click here.  This is the first book out of a two book paranormal romance series by Meg Cabot, with the second book entitled Overbite.

The main character is a TV series writer named Meena who can meet someone and know how they are going to die, however she cannot see her own death.  This can be really frustrating when trying to maintain any kind of relationship, especially with boyfriends.  That is why it is so refreshing to meet a very handsome and seemingly perfect man that doesn’t have an expiration date.  Why is that?  Because he is already dead, or should I say the undead.  He is the Prince of all Darkness, Lucien Antonescu; the undead son of the exterminated Vlad the Impaler.  She doesn’t see all the signs of him being a vampire because she doesn’t believe in them.  It takes a very intimidating Palatine Guard named Alaric Wulf from the demon-hunting unit of the Vatican to bust in her apartment, hold her at knife point, and spell it all out for her.  What Alaric doesn’t expect from a “demon-lover”, is to be attracted to one.  Romantic, huh?  So Meena, Lucien, and Alaric make up the little love triangle in the midst of the vampire civil war.

I thought the first book’s story line went along pretty well.  The character that I didn’t understand by the end of the book was Lucien.  Cabot started out making him a teacher that has no interest in his own kind and everyone would want to date, to a possessive skitzo.  By the time you start to read Overbite, he is all over the place with what he thinks and does.  Cabot is trying to portray Lucien as a dark and unstable force that is no good for Meena, while trying to maintain the idea of him as the lead guy who deserves a chance at happiness, all in the short period of time in pretty much the second book.  I know that he is supposed to be battling the good vs. evil inside of him, but I believe Cabot needed to extend the series in order for the reader to catch up to the idea of how she intended the story to end.  In the meantime, she is trying to build Alaric up as the lead guy, but I believe that she is being too subtle for how the book ends.  There is no really good, acceptable transition between Meena’s interests for how abruptly the series ends, so at the end I was left going, “What?  That’s how it ends?”

So, overall I feel that there is a lot of potential in the first book, but the second is a complete letdown and waste of the story line.  If the series was longer and had more adventures, circumstances, and transactions then the overall series would have been really good.

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