I spent this past week re-reading a book I already reviewed about two years ago: “Insatiable” by Meg Cabot.
In my review, I said I’d be the first in line for the second book. Well, I wasn’t exactly the first in line for the second book. In fact, I didn’t even know a second book had been released. I found out about “Overbite” on Shelfari, the book social network I frequent.
Lesson learned. Keep up with your favorite authors. Following them on Twitter helps, too.
Readers either love or hate Meg Cabot. She writes a lot of chick lit, but I think her heroines are a lot more clever than most. She wrote the Princess Diaries, which I read constantly until I outgrew them. I loved the headstrong Princess Mia, who wasn’t afraid to stand up to her domineering grandmother, but who was uncomfortable enough in her own skin that I could relate to her.
Cabot’s characters have spunk and personality. They have tastes and interests. I’m not expected to project my own personality onto a flat, boring character and fantasize about living in her shoes.
I especially liked “Insatiable” for Meg Cabot’s heroine, Meena, who was no flimsy, indifferent Bella Swan. Even in the first few pages of “Overbite,” Meena goes looking for trouble and kicks some major butt.
I like the vampire mythology in “Insatiable” and “Overbite,” too. Vampires don’t glitter in the sun. They can’t stand crucifixes and garlic. An ancient order wants them all dead. It’s pretty awesome.
I’m looking forward to picking up this series again, even if it’s only to read one book from it. I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a better breed of vampire romance novel. I have high expectations for “Overbite,” and I’ll share my thoughts next week.