Publisher: William Morrow
Pub. Date: June 8, 2010
Pages: 464 pages
From amazon.com:Meg Cabot has been one of my favorite authors for years. When I heard she was writing a book about vampires, I was a bit skeptical. It's not something I ever thought she would write about. I was not about to pass this one up though.
Cabot (Princess Diaries) winningly applies her trademark likably fallible protagonists and breezy storytelling to a vampire war in New York City. TV writer Meena Harper creates fabulous plots for Insatiable, the second-highest–rated soap opera, thanks to her burdensome if lucrative psychic ability to see into the future and determine how people are going to die. And just as Insatiable is switching to a vampire theme to attract a younger demographic, a spate of chilling murders-by-exsanguination grips New York City. Enter Lucien Antonescu, a sexy, melancholic Romanian history professor/vampire who recognizes that the murders are the work of rogue vampires who have broken away from his order. (Lucien happens to be the son of Vlad the Impaler, whom Bram Stoker gave such a bad rep.) Lucien's opposition: Alaric Wulf, a sympathetic detective from the Palatine Guard, who hopes to use Meena and her prophetic gift to stop the murders and track down Lucien. Unfortunately for Alaric, Meena is a little in love with Lucien. Cabot is less concerned with creating a convincing family tree for Lucien than with creating sparks between her characters, who feel pleasantly natural even as they live alongside the vampires next door.
The book is written in alternating points of view. It seemed to start out a bit slow though. After Alaric and Lucien entered the picture, the book got much better. The book was predictable half of the time, while the other half kept you guessing.
I thought it was a bit odd that Meena fell for Lucien so fast, even though she seemed to be a very headstrong and careful character. I also thought she was a somewhat odd character. Lucien was the stereotypical "bad guy/knight in shining armor", while Alaric was much more interesting.
Overall the book was okay. It didn't blow my mind and for 464 pages, I think it should have been a lot better. If you have enjoyed Meg Cabot's books in the past, this one might be let you down.
Rating: 3 stars / 5 stars