This is our first attempt at a she said/she said review in which we both give our opinions on the book. Now, on with the review(s).
Meena Harper has a special gift, but it’s only now that anyone’s ever appreciated it. The Palatine Guard—a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican—has hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. With Meena’s ability to predict how everyone she meets will die, the Palatine finally has chance against the undead. Sure, her ex-boyfriend was Lucien Antonescu, son of Dracula, the prince of darkness. But that was before he (and their relationship) went up in flames. Now Meena’s sworn off vampires for good . . . at least until she can prove her theory that just because they’ve lost their souls doesn’t mean demons have lost the ability to love. Meena knows convincing her co-workers—including her partner, Über-demon-hunter Alaric Wulf—that vampires can be redeemed won’t be easy . . . especially when a deadly new threat seems to be endangering not just lives of the Palatine, but Meena’s friends and family as well. But Meena isn’t the Palatine’s only hope. Father Henrique—aka Padre Caliente—New York City’s youngest, most charming priest, has also been assigned to the case. So why doesn’t Meena—or Alaric—trust him? As she begins unraveling the truth, Meena finds her loyalties tested, her true feelings laid bare . . . and temptations she never even imagined existed impossible to resist. This time, Meena may finally have bitten off more than she can chew.
I really like anything Ms. Cabot writes. I think she’s very funny and smart and writes in a way that is easy to understand and fun to read. I love her series, especially Queen of Babble and Princess Diaries. Her characters are a little bit loopy sometimes, but I don’t mind.
Insatiable, the first book in this 2-book series, was an interesting take on Dracula. I liked how Jonathan was her brother instead of her betrothed, I liked the concept of Lucien being Vlad the Impaler’s son, I loved the neighbors, I loved Jack Bauer, but most of all, I loved Meena and Alaric. Separately, not together. I thought Meena belonged with Lucien and I expected them to find their way back together in this second book.
Overbite begins with Meena working for the Palatine, predicting death on a daily basis. She works closely with Alaric, who, if you remember correctly, kissed her at the end of Insatiable. Meena doesn’t know what to think of that because he has not made any overtures towards her since, other than inviting her to dinner at his place for what she considered a “booty call.” Lucien is in hiding and Meena hasn’t heard from him since, until one night when she is attacked by her ex-boyfriend and Lucien steps in to rescue her (because, of course, he’s been watching over her—stalker much?).
Tourists start going missing. Then there’s the whole Darren is a vampire thing, because Lucien’s minions have been killed or dispersed for parts unknown and there shouldn’t be any new vampires. Meena’s having dreams about Lucien and his mother and comes to the realization that demons can CHOOSE to be good or evil; it’s not an ingrained trait. So in that respect, she wants to find Lucien so that she can impart this new wisdom. Hopefully, he will take this information, choose good and, in the process, choose Meena, because I guess that’s all that’s keeping them apart?
As much as it pains me to say, this sequel to a very good, very funny, very well written Insatiable was sub-par. It felt quite rushed. I was under the impression that it would be a 3 book series (I don’t know why other than the fact that most series these days are at least three books long), but there is an obvious end here. To tell the truth, I liked the way it ended, but the process getting there felt underdeveloped. Overbite was almost 200 pages shorter than Insatiable, and unfortunately, the story suffered for it.
I liked this book more than the first in the series but I still had trouble getting through it. I’m not sure if it’s because I had to stop reading about 6 chapters in for a couple of days or more because of the story line. As I’ve stated before I DO NOT LIKE love triangles where a “winner” is not clearly defined from the start. Why lead me to believe she loved Lucien?? I liked him!!! Now it’s Alaric?!? I do not accept this answer. This is definitely not my favorite series by Meg . . . where is Michael Moscovitz when you need him??