by Meg Cabot

Cover Beauty Score: 8 out of 10
Goodreads Score: 4 out of 5

Plot Blurb: Meena Harper is a writer for a daytime soap opera that is trying to compete with its rival network who has begun writing about vampires. As luck would have it, Meena meets a dreamy guy from Transylvania that just happens to be a prince! Thinking he'll be perfect inspiration for her show's need to compete with some fictional vampires of their own, Meena doesn't hesitate to go out with him - falling head over heels for this dreamboat in the process. But what she soon realizes is there's something fishy about Lucien... and maybe vampires aren't as fictional as she thought. Did I mention Meena can see when people will die? Yeah. There's that, too. 

My Reaction:  Every time I pick up a book by Meg Cabot, it's like coming home. Her writing makes me feel like I did when I was young (er?)... independent and self sufficient and able to handle my own craziness and love it. Her writing has me laughing right from the start, her dry humor echoing the ridiculous thoughts that run through my own head sometimes. I have to say, this book was a fun way to spend a couple of days.

If you're looking for serious, this book isn't for you. It's a fun action adventure vampire romp that pokes fun at the ridiculousness of the Twilight saga. Seriously... Cabot reminds us what should be sexy about vampires and gives it to us in spades with Lucien. Meena isn't afraid to be a little feminine - she draws power from the fact that she enjoys having her man cherish her a little. And if he gets a little Transylvanian on her and tries to overstep his bounds, she is quick to tell him to buzz off.

Not sure how I felt about the bit of triangle here... although I really didn't feel like it was a well established triangle. It's pretty obvious to me that Lucien and Meena are meant to be together. Despite the events in the book, I feel like what they have is the real deal. Meena's brother going all "vampire killer" was a little weird. If anything, I felt the way he treated Meena was the real aspect of masogynistic assholeness. Like just because she was a girl they completely ignored her opinions.

In true Meg Cabot style, this book came together with a big dramatic event (there may or may not have been a dragon) and I really enjoyed it! It came down quickly and left us on a bit of cliff hanger that will probably have me picking up the sequel in a few months.

Overall, not Cabot's absolute best, but still pretty damn enjoyable! Need a fun pick-me-up option? Like sexy dark brooding heroes and intelligent but slightly scatter-brained heroines? This one is for you!

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