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Belle's Book Club: Insatiable...

Hey everyone

Today brings my first post in my new Belle's Book Club: Summer 2013 series :D 
I'm excited to share my thoughts on what I've been reading with y'all!

side note: If you don't know what I'm doing with my Belle's Book Club: Summer 2o13 series you can read my post in which I introduce and explain it {here}

 Today I'm sharing - Insatiable by Meg Cabot


Synopsis (via Goodreads

Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.

Meena Harper is familiar with the supernatural. After all, she 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 Lucien Antonescu--whom she meets and then makes the mistake of falling in love with--a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side for which an ancient society of vampire hunters would prefer to see him dead.

The problem is Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met with whom she could imagine herself having a future. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's destiny, she's never been able to look into her own. Lucien seems to be everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, though he might turn out to be more of a nightmare.

So now would be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future... if she has one.

My Thoughts

Now, the main reason I picked up this book because Meg Cabot wrote it - I was a mahussive Meg Cabot fan back in the day (I must have read Avalon High at least 50 times!) and I just stumbled upon her books for the young adult audience again. But, I also was interested in this book because of the whole "sick of hearing about vampire?" line - because to be honest I really am - the whole phenomenon of supernatural beings that have taken over the young adult genre is completely boring me now - but that's a rant for a whole other blog post :P

Anyways, back to the book - when I eventually got over the fact that surprise surprise a human girl falls for a vampire (*yawn*) I found myself absolutely flying through the book! It was really engaging (as all Cabot's books are I have found) and it really piqued my interest.

What I think made it so different to other vampire books out at the moment is the whole vampire hunters thing (and their slightly odd connection to the Vatican) - especially Alaric Wulf (though if he turns out to be a werewolf I think I will lose all hope for this series!) - the comedy he brought to the novel was great and definitely had me smiling! Plus Meena's whole special gift thing about seeing people's fates - I thought that added a pretty interesting twist on things.

I also really enjoyed the setting of the book - I'm a sucker for anything New York City related :P

Although I really really didn't want to fall for Lucien (the main vamp) I found myself doing so - I think it was his 'trying to be a good vampire' act in keeping other vampires in check that drew me to him - darn it! 

Though the love triangle Cabot set up between Meena, Lucien & Alaric was impeccable - the characterisation was so good that I felt as torn as Meena did over who to choose! (Though I was a little confused, I think I may have got the wrong end of the stick at one point because I thought Alaric was gay - evidently not - oops!)

I can't say that I was too enamoured with the whole soap opera sub-plot; I don't know what it was but I just didn't connect with it very well, though it was useful for showing at the end just how many vampires there were around Meena.

What I really liked about this novel was how strong of a character Meena was (I disliked how weak Bella was in Twilight) - it was refreshing to read about a strong-willed female protagonist who fell for the vampire but on her own terms :P

The main issue I have with this book is the absolutely crazy and completely unbelievable (far far more so that vampires actually existing!) twist at the end - it just utterly threw me - I did not see it coming at all and to be honest wasn't very happy about it - I was just a bit confused. Having said that, the foreshadowing leading up to that point (looking back on it now) was seriously good - the little hints that eventually added up to it were really cleverly placed.

I can definitely see myself reading the sequel to this - if only to read more of Meg Cabot's style and revisit my childhood - she was seriously my fave author when I was in my tweens/young teens!

Would you read this book? 

aHm xoxo