The Book Worm: Review: Overbite

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review: Overbite

Book Review: Overbite, by Meg Cabot


Nobody does vampires like Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Queen of Babble novels. Overbite is Meg’s sexy and hip sequel to her bestselling Insatiable, the story of a soap opera writer with precognitive powers who is recruited into the Vatican’s war against demons and the undead. Unfortunately Meena Harper has a major Achilles Heel—namely her lingering affection for her ex-boyfriend, Lucien Antonescu, son of Dracula, the prince of darkness. Anyone who loves Twilight, True Blood, and Lynsay Sands, not to mention the singleton fiction of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner, and Jane Green, is going to want to sink their teeth into Overbite.

Genre: paranormal

Publishing date: July 2011

Mature content: yes

Review: Overbite is book 2 in Meg Cabot's Insatiable series (with book 1 also called Insatiable). Overbite is a story everyone who liked book 1 needs to read, just to find out how it all ends (and there are a few surprises there), but it's clearly not as good as the first one. While Insatiable, not being entirely original given the number of vampire themed books of the last years, was a riveting story (read my review here), the only reason I read Overbite until the end was precisely because I had loved book 1 and I wanted to know what happened to the characters. 

Because Overbite is much less gripping than Insatiable. While the plot itself was very well weaved and could have been turned into an epic fight between good and evil, it falls a bit short, the writing is repetitive and boring in places, some of the new characters could have been better developed (such as Father Henrique, for example, given the important role he plays at the end of the book), other characters (like Lucien) behave very strangely and are not convincing (especially taking into account the image I had from book 1), and the actual end seemed rushed. 

On the other hand I kind of liked the way the author ended the story. While I had been rooting for Lucien and Meena since book 1, I had realized halfway through that their love story was never going to be a happily ever after; the fact that Lucien finally understood his fate was the ultimate proof of his love. It kind of made up for the fact that he behaved like a creep throughout the rest of the book. But it still felt rushed. As felt the happy ending for Meena and Alaric, since I had never been convinced that Meena was in love with him, not while she was always saying the loved Lucien. 

So, all in all, this is a book to read if you liked book 1. It doesn't work well as a stand alone book, and is not all that amazing by itself.
Happy readings,

the book worm, book blog

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