Monday, January 6, 2014

Overbite-by Meg Cabot

It became immediately evident to me that this book was a sequel to something else (Insatiable, as it turns out). Since I had only grabbed it for light reading on a train ride I figured it wouldn't matter much that I had not read the first book in the series, and it didn't. Cabot managed to keep this newbie up to speed, but did not pique my interest enough to want to go back and read the first book, even though there were two of my favorite things in this novel: vampires and libraries. Many of the former, several of the latter.

Meena Harper works for the Palatine Guard - a super secret organization that seeks to eliminate vampires and other demons. Her job is complicated by the fact that her ex-boyfriend, Lucien Antonescu, is the son of Dracula. Antonescu manages to track Harper down even though she moved without leaving a forwarding address, even going so far as to cancel her library card (desperate times)!  Harper, however, has access to other libraries including the Vatican Library's Secret Archives (the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana). The archives include a Book of hours which belonged to her ex's mother (who is rumored to have been an angel), and which is used to lure him from hiding. Everyone knows if you want to catch a demon, a book is indeed the best bait! What could be more irresistible than words on a page!

Meena also makes use of the Palatine research library, apparently so much so that her physical strength is compromised because she skips the gym on too many occasions to make use of the library, making fighting off a new born vampire a challenge.

A good book for passing the time on a too-long train ride.

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