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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

Meena Harper is a dialogue writer for the popular daytime soap Insatiable, whose biggest rival soap is Lust. Now that Lust features a dangerously sexy vampire played by Gregory Bane, the producers of Insatiable feel the need to raise their own ratings by also including a vampire in their cast ensemble. Meena is sick of the popularity of vampires in the media, and starts brainstorming ways to write the newest cast member out of the show and earn actress Cheryl Trent the Daytime Emmy she deserves. Mysterious and handsome Lucien Atonescu is just the inspiration she needs for the Romanian vampire slayer she hopes to write into the show. Little does Meena know that Lucien, a modern day prince, is more accurately the Prince of Darkness.

Vampires are running rampant in New York, victimizing attractive women and leaving telling evidence that vampires are indeed real. Lucien’s presence in New York has attracted the interest of a vampire slaying sect called the Palatine, who wish to rid the world of all vampires, starting with Lucien. Meena shouldn’t be so surprised that they exist, considering she is no stranger herself to the supernatural. Meena possesses the ability to see how a person will die. Part of her attraction to Lucien is because she can’t foresee his death. Unfortunately, she is already head over heels in love with him before finding out the truth of his undead nature. Now the Palatine is demanding Meena’s help in destroying Lucien, and she must decide what’s more important: retaining her mortality or joining the ranks of the undead as Lucien’s vampire bride.

[amazonify]006173506X[/amazonify]Insatiable is quite the departure for Meg Cabot, whose books are typically hilarious and lighthearted with quirky, lovable heroines and drool-worthy man candy. Insatiable is her first adult paranormal novel, containing all the trademarks I love from her previous novels and introducing a new variable: vampires. Insatiable, inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, features a strong-willed heroine, and two delectable males that encompass all things masculine and romantic. The supporting characters include her charming (but lazy) brother Jon, eccentric socialite neighbors Emil and Mary Lou Atonescu, pregnant best friend Leisha, and love-to-hate-her co-worker rival Shosona. Meena and her gang are sure to win over those who already love Meg Cabot’s novels, and will definitely appeal to readers who have already consumed just about every romantic paranormal vampire novel out there.

Though filled with darker themes and plot points, Insatiable still has plenty of Meg Cabot’s charm and humor. She good-naturedly pokes fun at recognizable vampire novels and films, while still staking her own claim in the vampire genre. Meena’s story will continue in a sequel, scheduled to be released in the summer of 2011.

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Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Meg Cabot. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.