Book Review of Overbite by Meg Cabot

Title:  Overbite

Author:  Meg Cabot

Release Date:  July 5th, 2011

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance

*If you have not read Insatiable this may contain spoilers*

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.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review:  I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Insatiable (review here).  It was a fantastic new take on the whole Dracula legend and I devoured every word.  I was beyond thrilled to see that Meg was writing a follow up to it and downloaded it to my Kindle as soon as it released.  Now that I am finished with the book and digesting all the information, my overall feeling is disappointment.  I was not a fan of where Meg took the story and how the characters developed along the way.

Let’s start off talking about Meena.  It has been six months since her break-up with Lucien and she has tried to move on with her life.  She is working for the Palatine Guard now, hunting vampires and trying to keep the city safe.  She has not been dating and when she runs into Lucien again all her old feelings for him come flooding to the surface.  However, those feelings are never really given a chance to develop in the book.  Actually no one’s feelings are given a chance to develop because every time Meena starts to get close to Lucien or Alaric they are interrupted.   With either some strange plot twist or Meena crying, the girl was constantly crying.  As for Alaric, I know that Meena and he shared a few moments in Insatiable, but I never thought there was any real spark there.  In Overbite however, Meena is always thinking about both men and not sure where her true feelings really lie.  I did not like the back and forth inner struggle and found it very distracting while reading.  If Meena was going to start dating Alaric it is a development that should have at least started before Lucien came back into the picture and not be a sudden development with the arrival of the prince of darkness.

This brings me to my next point, Lucien.  Talk about a Debbie downer, all his thoughts in the book were so dark and filled with self-hatred it was a chore reading his point of view as the plot progressed.  He was so witty and charming in Insatiable and in Overbite he is just sullen and moody. Lucian has been fighting his dark side for centuries and now all of a sudden he is embracing it?  This just did not sit right with me, I did not think he would go off the deep end but he most certainly did.  It was so sad to see him this way and it put a damper on the whole book.

I also did not like that one of the main conflicts in the book was resolved off stage.  Meaning, the problem was solved, but we did not get to see it happen.  We just heard about it through someone after the fact and that was not enough for me.  I wanted to be in the heat of the battle with the characters and watch as they triumphed, not hear a watered down version of it after the fact.

The last major problem I had with this book was the ending.  I cannot believe that after everything these characters have been through this is the way Meg chose to end it.  I cannot say what it is without major spoilers, but I know that I am so let down with this finale.  I know there are no more books to come in this world and that is the only solace I now have from this series.  If you liked Insatiable, I would still read Overbite so you have some resolution because you might end up enjoying it more than me.  My only advice would be to see if you can check it out from the library or borrow from a friend before you commit to buying your own copy.

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One response to “Book Review of Overbite by Meg Cabot

  1. I agree.I was so in love with Insatiable (and Lucien,of course), that I read the Overbite immediately after it.Alas,I was left with a bitter taste afterwards.

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