Insatiable by Meg Cabot

March 2012 Prof. Jenna Hathaway

So, pardon the pun, but even the famous Princess Diaries writer Meg Cabot finally bit into the vampire craze. Of course, her book was meant to be some sort of a critical piece to all those other cliché vampire books, with the premise being more similar to the original scary story of Dracula by Bram Stoker, but I think eventually it all ended up the same way (although, I haven’t read the second and last book yet, so this may change). Meena Harper, the female protagonist, (supposedly) hates vampires. She works as a dialogue writer for a soap opera that decided to add vampires into the show, and she’s not very happy about it. But of course, then she meets this tall, dark, handsome, mysterious, European Lucien Antonescu, who is, in fact, related to Dracula himself, and she got completely weak in the knees.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happens next. She falls in love with him after pretty much one encounter and a subsequent meeting at a dinner party, and by the end of the night they’ve already slept together. I don’t know what it is about these vampires that make it so easy for women to fall into their arms, but clearly even Meena Harper, who has claimed numerous times that vampires are misogynistic creatures, isn’t immune to their charms either. Okay, so she didn’t know he was the prince of darkness that first night she surrendered herself to him. But after he finally revealed who he really was to her, all she did was make a repeat performance anyway.

The character I found more interesting was one Palatine Guard vampire hunter, Alaric Wulf. He works for the Vatican and his job is to hunt demons. Aside from his sudden infatuation with Meena as well, I really like this tough guy who sometimes has problems expressing his emotions. He’s badass and he’s more my kind of guy. There are a lot more action scenes towards the end, and I suppose that makes it a nice break from all the declarations of love cliché, but I’m really hoping this series will give me a surprising ending and redeem itself. The second book, Overbite, is the last one also, so if you’re interested in checking them out but worried about how you’ll be stuck with a long, never-ending series (as it sometimes happen with these kinds of books), you don’t have to!