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I used to be the blogger called YAL Book Briefs, but I grew bored of the handle and changed my name to Howdy YAL. I also respond to MJ. I like to read, write, eat truffles, and watch bad Lifetime movies. 

Overbite - Meg Cabot When I read the summary of Insatiable I thought it was the Meg Cabot book for me. Which is saying something because I already found the Meg Cabot book for me. However, I thought Insatiable was going to be even better. After all, it was about a soap opera writer. A soap opera writer and vampires. How could it not be good? Unfortunately, there's just something off in this series. Many people, I've noticed, claim it's because it's written in third person. I disagree with this. I think the third person point of view was fine. Meg is great at writing from whatever point of view she choses to write. Heck, she could write one of those annoying second point of view pieces that I was always forced to write in creative writing class and it would still engage me. I just think that with this series there's just something about the characters that seems a little sour. Maybe that they seem a bit like archetypes. After all, we have Meena who even though she can kick butt, finds herself more often than not a damsel in distress. There's Lucien, who is essentially Meena's Dudley Do-Right...er, knight in shining armor. Alaric whose the mysterious brooding guy. Not to mention Meena's brother Jon, who is the lovable if slightly idiotic sidekick, and Leisha, Meena's sassy best friend. While it is true that archetypes can work when the characters are well developed, in this series it just never seems like these characters are developed enough so a lot of them-with the couple of exceptions- are just flat. This is really a disappointment since Meg usually excells in character development. I'm honestly hoping Meg gets to publish another one of these books out, then maybe this issue can be fixed. Another issue in this series was pacing. Yet again, I wish the series had been slowed down somehow. A lot of stuff happens in these books. And while it's amazing, I just feel like if we had another book or two, the story could've even been better. See Full Review Here: http://yalbookbriefs.blogspot.com/2012/01/insatiable-and-overbite-meg-cabot.html