by Meg Cabot
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
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Description: 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 a 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, but finds impossible to resist. This time, Meena may finally have bitten off more than she can chew.
The Good Stuff
- Good ending to the story - can't go any further on this point as it would be to spoilerish - but it worked for me - not what I wanted, but I could see how it could come about
- Lots of Meg Cabot humour which I adore. Some of her dialogue makes me LMAO
- Quite a significant improvement in the maturity of the characters, which was a major complaint from most readers of Insatiable. It actually felt more like an adult novel than a young adult story
- Meena is a likeable character and you feel yourself routing for her. She's just so adorable and has a good strength of character
- Cabot's writing style is enjoyable to read, so even when you don't love the story, you still want to keep reading
- Alaric is an intriguing character and would have liked more of his back story
- Also cannot mention why I loved Lucien as this would give away the ending -- but nice one Lucien
- As always she drops some fun pop culture references and the names of the characters are deligtful for any fan of Dracula.
- Not enough of Cabot's trademark humour, felt she went a little too dark considering the first book in the series
- Actually a little dull in parts
- Was a little disappointed as I expected much better from Cabot who is one of my favorite writers. The story felt a little rushed and the characters actions didn't always ring true for me.
- Also not enough development of the character of Alaric. He had huge potential but he kinda felt a little flat and I can see why others were disappointed in the ending
- Secondary characters were not developed enough for my taste, again they had potential, but its like Cabot lost interest in the story
"I didn't know you were stopping by," he said. "Sharp-looking tux there, dude. Very Daniel Craig in Casino Royale."
"Well, I have to be honest with you," she said, pulling her wrist from his grasp. " The only reason I'm wearing this necklace is because members of your species keep trying to bite me. So if you don't mind, I'm going to keep it."
"She lifted her head from the door and whipped it around to face Meena - completely ignoring Jon - letting out a hiss that revealed a set of blood-soaked fangs. Clearly dental hygiene was no longer a priority in the Delmonico household."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- If you read Insatiable I know you will want to read this just to get a closing to the story
- If you are a huge fan of Cabot you might be a tad disappointed
I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review