Morning folks! Today we’re beginning the day by discussing very dark things. Vampires. Subterranean passages. The New Jersey Devil (yes, it’s real!). And the end (probably) of a very promising series by Meg Cabot.
Ignoring the rants of GoodReads reviewers, I decided to give the sequel a try for myself.
My copy of Overbite finally arrives and it’s got Meena’s classic red dress, she’s holding an ornate book and staring down a menacing, gothic, clearly vampiric set of doors. Cool. There’s the inherent threat and the promise that something about this book gives Meena courage to face danger. Yeah — you really can read all of that in the cover.
I don’t get it, I really don’t. Overbite has all the potential to be a very nice sequel — it’s got a love triangle between Meena, Alaric and Lucien, the prince of darkness. Meena’s brother Jon takes over for the dog as the comic relief character, working on a vampire-hunting weapon out of a household object.
[spoiler]There’s plenty of danger, dark places, some familiar faces you’ll be glad to see again, and oh yeah, Meg Cabot kills off one of the main characters. Why, Meg, why?! You don’t just resolve the romantic love triangle in book 2 unless there’s no book 3. You actually have Meena choose between Alaric and Lucien by the end of the book. Totally unbelievable and disappointing.[/spoiler]
Despite wrapping things up quite nicely (which, if this is the end of the series, I appreciate plot threads being resolved), I felt emotionally unsatisfied by the conclusion. I’d read Insatiable again in a heartbeat but Overbite is not on my favorites list right now. Meg Cabot fans, shout out. Were you happy with the sequel? Satisfied? Depressed? Am I way out in left field here?
Grab a cuppa and let’s chat.