Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Mini-view: Insatiable (Insatiable #1) - Meg Cabot

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 . . . 
If she even has one.

I've gone from being a complete paranormal romance newbie to someone who just can't get enough. You may remember me not so much reviewing but gushing about Meg Cabot in one of my previous posts so I thought, what better book to add to my growing obsession than the first in her Insatiable series?

I really hate it when I don't like a book and I hate it even more when I don't really know why I didn't like it.

Firstly, Insatiable isn't a bad book it's just a tad slow, over a third of the way through and I wasn't caught at all (by that point I normally can't put a book down). This could be explained by the fact that Insatiable is clearly the set up to a series so Cabot is taking her time introducing us to her characters.

Meena is an intriguing prospect for a character. I love the idea that she can tell how someone is going to die just by looking at them, it reminds me of some of my favourite of Cabot's series The Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You. However, Meena is lacking the usual humour and depth that can normally be found in Cabot's heroines and I found myself just getting a little bit exasperated with her. As for Lucien I found him to be overly cliched and all together too annoying, he's the Prince of Darkness - we get it.

Insatiable has promise, it has that same wacky and amusing quality as Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series but without the same punch. For me there are too many subplots and not enough characterisation to really drive the novel. I can easily see why people would love Cabot's Insatiable series and I really, really wanted to but I just didn't.

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