I am not ashamed to admit that I love The Princess Diaries; they are hilarious and so much better than the movies. So when I went the library the other day and saw that Meg Cabot had a vampire series I figured that it was worth a read. Admittedly I should have started with the first one but I didn’t realize at the time that it was a series and it didn’t matter much anyway.
Meena Harper has the ability to predict when a person is going to die. This ability has not endeared her to a lot of people in her life, but it did help her get a job with the Palatine Guard, a secret sect of the Vatican that is tasked with eliminating the forces of Satan. The story begins with Meena meeting with an ex boyfriend. She asked him to come meet her because she sensed that there was something wrong with him and wanted to give him a warning. Unfortunately, she was a little late and he had already been turned into a vampire. She narrowly avoids death when another ex shows up to save her. While Meena is grateful that Lucien Antonescu helped her, she is hesitant to get back together with him because Lucien is the 500-year-old son of Dracula and he kind of conflicts with her job.
In the meantime, the Palatine is going through its own problems: Meena’s boss and many of her coworkers have gone missing, NYC tourists are disappearing, and there seems to be new leadership moving in. Alaric Wulf, another Palatine Guard, and Meena are trying to figure out how all of these events are connected while dealing with the charming new Father Henrique and Lucien’s position as leader of the Dracul.
It’s not a great book—pretty predictable and sometimes quite annoying. Both of Meena’s love interests are assholes, so it’s impossible to root for either one. The mystery is not very captivating either, but I’ve read worse. The only recommendation that I can make is that it is a quick read, stick with Mia Thermopolis and ignore Meena Harper.