by Meg Cabot
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
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Description: Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them. Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper 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 what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.
The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own. And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . . If she even has one.
The Good Stuff
- Strong and sorta feisty (Starts off a little mousy but grows stronger as story progresses) heroine
- Trademark Meg Cabot humour which I totally love
- Love scenes are hot without being too graphic, so older YA could read too (hell I was reading Wifey at 12 so I'm not judging or making decisions for your kids)
- Dialogue is laugh out loud funny - so heads up if you are reading on public transit -- or while your hubby is watching the hockey game
- Storyline is exciting and keeps you flipping the pages (well in this case I was tapping the Kobo touch screen)
- Got a kick out of the play of names = Meena Harper (um Meena Harker) - since Dracula is one of my favorite books you can see how this would amuse the hell out of me
- Nice historically accurate research done which I was very much impressed by
- The pop culture references were cute -- Cheryl Trent (obviously based on Susan Lucci), mentions of Sookie Stackhouse, etc
- Male love interests are both intriguing and side characters are fun
- The characters come off a little juvenile for their supposed age, but I imagine due to the fact that Cabot has been writing YA for years
- The constant references to the dog's full name of Jack Bauer and why he was called that were a wee bit irritating after a while
".on the seat next to her, so that Meena could sit down beside her. No New Yorker would ever have done such a thing. Not when there were a dozen other empty seats on the train."
"She was never going to give up hope. Without hope, what did you have?"
"He was in Burberry," Meena said, knitting her brow. "But he definitely didn't sparkle."
"Well, the fact that he's.." Abraham looked uncomfortably at Sister Gertrude and Yalena and whispered," A bastard."
Meena had to suppress a smile. "In America we call that being raised by a single mom," she whispered back. "And its actually not that big a deal. It happens to a lot of people."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Fans of Meg Cabot's YA, Jennifer Estep, Julie Kenner and Marta Acosta will enjoy
- This is like paranormal chick lit, so if you like that, you will enjoy this
- Perfect light read after reading something intense or serious
I purchased this for my Kobo and didn't have to review it or nothing : )