Monday, August 29, 2011

Book Review: Overbite by Meg Cabot

Pages: 320
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: July 5, 2011
Source: Personal copy
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

*Read my review of the first book in this series, Insatiable.
Goodreads says, "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 impossible to resist. This time, Meena may finally have bitten off more than she can chew."

Meena now works for the Palantine Guard and she is an especially valuable employee due to her ability to predict deaths.  She ended things with Lucien and has started to research the fact that maybe vampires can choose to do good and aren't all bad.  Alaric, her coworker and good friend, laughs off this suggestion and doesn't see the possibility at all.  To make matters worse, a new priest, Father Henrique, has been assigned to the case, but Alaric doesn't trust him at all.  Perhaps there is more than meets the eye with Father Henrique?  Meg Cabot's followup to Insatiable is entertaining, but lacks that some of that special sparkle.

Overbite starts off slowly and takes its time to delve into the action.  Insatiable sucked me into Meena's dangerous world; whereas, Overbite left me flat for the first half.  Perhaps Overbite wasn't as exciting since Lucien doesn't play such a large role as he did in Insatiable?  However, towards the second half of the book, things start to pick up and we are thrown right into the action.  In fact, some of the action left me with my mouth wide open in shock, especially towards the end of the novel.

Overbite is all about Alaric and Meena.  The first half of the book really frustrated me, because they wouldn't just admit their attraction towards each other and things were super awkward.  The last chapters are definitely a bit more steamy in this sense, but don't expect much romance between the two until the end of the book.

Overbite is filled with Cabot's signature wit and snark, which I enjoyed. The dialogue is still snappy and funny as it was in the first book.  There's no doubt that Cabot is a superb storyteller.

This series is perfect for the beach. It's light, it's fun, and it's definitely mind-candy.  Even though Overbite wasn't as absorbing as Insatiable, I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series, because of Overbite's ending; however, a third book isn't definitely planned. If Cabot ends the series this way, I'd be happy with it, because readers finally get what they have been waiting for.

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  1. Shoot! I really liked Lucien I'm sad he's not in it much. Is he in it at all? I did like Alaric toward the end of Insatiable, so I'm still looking forward to this one. Thanks for the warning about the slow start though:)

  2. thanks for the honest review, I'd like to try one of her paranormals just to see what they're like.

  3. Since Insatiable is on my "not for me" top 10 list this year I don't think I'll be picking up Overbite since you have some negative remarks on this one. Great and honest review, Christina.

  4. I enjoyed the Meena's witty comments in the first book. I'll probably read Overbite eventually.

  5. mmm, maybe...or maybe I should get these books next summer. :) Thinking about it.

  6. These books have been on my radar for a very long time! I can't wait to read them. New follower! Love the blog!

    Tia @ Falling For Books

  7. Great review. I noticed the difference between the tone of the books too but thought it was because this one was not as funny. It seems like Meena has lost some of her spunk. I did like the ending though :)


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