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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Review: Overbite by Meg Cabot

Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Paranormal
Paperback, 304 pages
Book Source: TLC Book Tours
My Rating: 82/100

From TLC Book Tours:

Meena Harper has bitten off more than she can chew . . .
Meena has a special gift, but only now does anyone appreciate it. Her ability to predict how everyone she meets will die has impressed the Palatine Guard—a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican—and they’ve hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. Sure, Meena’s ex-boyfriend was Lucien Antonescu, son of Dracula. But that was before he (and their relationship) went up in flames, and now she’s sworn off vampires for good—even though she firmly believes that just because they’ve lost their souls, it doesn’t mean they can’t love.
Convincing her new partner, über-demon-hunter Alaric Wulf, that vampires can be redeemed won’t be easy . . . especially when a deadly new threat arises, endangering not only the Palatine, but Meena’s friends and family as well. As she unravels the truth, Meena will find her loyalties tested, her true feelings laid bare . . . and temptations she never even imagined before nearly impossible to resist.

My Thoughts:

It's been six months sine the events of Insatiable have taken place (link to my review).  Everyone is getting settled, recovering from their injuries mentally and physically, and Meena is now working for the Palatine Guard.  Meena is using the Vatican's vast resources to try and prove that vampires, especially the Prince of Darkness Lucien Antonescu, can choose to be good or bad.  Vampires are redeemable.  Unfortunately the vast majority of people, including the evil forces that have penetrated every facet of the Palantine, don't share Meena's opinion.  These evil forces hope to unleash hell on earth.

I have mixed feelings about this book.  While the main plot of Lucien's history and why he may have good in him, is quite interesting and creative, the rest I could do without.  I think it may be because of the feelings I had when I finished Insatiable.  Six months have passed and I was expecting some growth from these characters.  To have that kind of experience and not grow a little or see things differently, seems off, especially for Meena and Alaric.  Although I guess one could say those experiences caused them not to change but to remain stalwart in their opinions.  

I also found myself thinking again that this book is for a younger audience.  I think Cabot is trying to go against the current vampire grain and show them as bad and not shiny happy and capable of human emotions.  I get that Lucien was desperate for Meena to be with him, because of his love, however he resorted to the dark powers to achieve his aims.  In the end, Lucien's ultimate choice and its consequences was the high point of the book for me.  I didn't expect that ending.

All that being said, I think this is a good story but not for me.  I never warmed up to Meena and felt as though the story had a bit if a young vibe to it, which is not what I was expecting.  

For other perspectives on this book please stop by one of the other stops on the tour noted below.

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. She lives in Key West, FL with her husband.

Meg’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, February 7th: Reading Lark
Wednesday, February 8th: The Road to Here
Thursday, February 9th: Life In Review
Friday, February 10th: Just Joanna
Monday, February 13th: The Englishist
Tuesday, February 14th: Jenny Love to Read
Wednesday, February 15th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Thursday, February 16th: Books Like Breathing
Monday, February 20th: Book Drunkard
Tuesday, February 21st: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Wednesday, February 22nd: A Soul Unsung
Thursday, February 23rd: girlichef
Friday, February 24th: Chick Lit Reviews and News
Thursday, March 1st: Stiletto Storytime
Friday, March 2nd: Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, March 2nd: Seaside Book Nook

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour :)

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