Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18)
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Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum #18)

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Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.

Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 from Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, she’s flying back to New Jersey solo, and someone who sounds like Sas

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Hardcover, 305 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2011)
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Elizabeth (Book_Attict)
Okay, I admit it -- I'm a Stephanie Plum sucker! I read Smokin' 17, and until the last chapter of the book, SWORE that I'd no longer be running out to get the hardcover edition of another Stephanie Plum book as soon as it was released, Instead,I'd be looking for the paperback at one of the used bookstores I frequent...

I love Janet Evanovich's writing style, her dialogue is hilarious, the characters are great, and reading the latest installment is like going home to visit with old friends -- well...more
Erika  Badass
If you like my review, go like it on Amazon would you ? Maybe JE's publishers will see it...

So, here I am again. I swore I wouldn't read another Evanovich Plum Novel--after my last review of 17, I swore tooth and nail to my husband, my mom, and my blog readers that I wouldn't read it! So...I went to the library. I really just had to know if it was as bad as the previous one. After being teased that she might make a decision in 18, I let my small curiosity overshadow my intellect.

Remember back i...more
Kristi
Nov 25, 2011 Kristi rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I like Stephanie Plum, I really do, but this series has failed to make any forward progress for at least ten books now. It's the same story over and over (and over) again. It's getting kind of pathetic that Stephanie can't pick a man. And we know that Lula's fat, and wears tacky clothes, and eats more than most circus animals... We don't need constant reminders. Please, please, please add something fresh to this series to keep the reader interested!
Heather
Here's the thing. I love Janet. I love the Stephanie world, I really do.

However - after 18 books a lot of things are starting to get very old.

Let's start with:
Lula's eating habits: It's getting really annoying, book after book, listening to her bitch and moan about what she eats, what she doesn't eat etc. etc. Either stick the girl on a complete diet or shut up about her eating habits. I really don't care that she's about to get sick after eating 10 cream filled donuts. She's a pig and it's ge...more
Duchess Nicole
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Still frustrated. Still love Lula and Grandma Mazur. Problem is, I love both Morelli and Ranger. I used to lean more toward Morelli, but lately he seems sort of apathetic towards any relationship with Stephanie. It's Ranger that tries to help her out and take care of her, and he seems genuinely worried that she'll get hurt. Morelli just complains that she gives him heartburn.

This one was still definitely worth reading, though if your looking for closure, it still a...more
Tori
I liken this series to an original document that you print out all new, and fresh, and perfect. And then the copy get's copied, and that copy gets copied and so on until you end up with a faded, scarred, crooked, ghost of that perfect original. It's old and it's tired and as much as you used to love it, it's time to let it go and start a new, original, document.
When I first discovered this series a few years ago, I absolutely loved it! I'm talking fan girl, crazed, running to the bookstore on m...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Jan 15, 2013 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: hardcore Plum fans only
Shelves: female-lead, mystery, yawn

Hi. My name is Carol and I'm a bookoholic.

I've been reading ever since I can remember, but Goodreads seems to be contributing to my disease. I can't control myself. I'm always adding books to my "to-read" list, which is so long that if I stopped adding books today, I'd still have three years of books on it. Then there is the library, where a drive-by is part of my routine. It's on the way home from work, so it is really unavoidable. If I only make a quick stop to pick up a monthly read, that isn...more
Heather Gardner
I enjoyed this book just like I have enjoyed all the others. I find them entertaining and laugh out loud funny.
It doesn't seem to bother me, as it does others, that the character Stephanie Plum is sleeping with more than one man at a time. She's young, not in a permanent relationship and FICTIONAL.

Sue
You know what, I was actually real hopeful that there would be some development in this book. For the whole series Stephanie and Lula have bungled along.

For a moment I thought there would be some sort of character development. Especially over the whole Hawaii ordeal. I was flipping pages like mad to find out what happened. It was kind of a let down.

We do have some introspection by Stephanie, but she said she's not the introspection type. She remarked abut how she knows it's not good of her to be...more
Terri
Stephanie Plum is back with "capers" (read the book - you'll get it) aplenty - each of them more hilarious and scandalous than the next, in Janet Evanovich's latest, "Explosive Eighteen." I give it four stars just because it made me laugh out loud and shout "oh no" and "ewwwww" several times. Evanovich, though not known for her literary merits, is certainly a master entertainer! All of my friends are back - Lula (who was in rare form for #18), Morelli and Ranger (they took a backseat here, as St...more
Lady Allison
Jun 20, 2011 Lady Allison marked it as to-read
Two Stephanie Plums in a year! Crazy!
Karla
*Heavy Sigh* Just okay...this needs to be over soon, it's gone on way too long. Pick Joe already Stephanie, although after all you've put him through I don't know why he still wants you. A few laughs, but a lot of the same old same old, and unless Janet Evanovich comes up with a new plot line, this series will be dying a slow, painful death. I will see it through to the end, mostly to see what happens to Joe than any other character, and hopefully I won't be bored to tears in the process.

Kelly
EMPTY EIGHTEEN
This book is a lot like opening a can of soda and finding it flat. All the stuff is there to make it a good story but there is no spark (or fizzle) between the characters that we used to get in the earlier books (1-12). Yeah all of the Ranger fans have wanted Steph to hook up with Ranger again but this time it was just sex between them and none of the fun affectionate, chemistry that used to exist between them. I am a huge Ranger fan and would love to see them end up together but i...more
michelle
Well, that was incredibly disappointing.

I get that when reading this kind of series it is going to be repetitive. It's a comfort thing - formula is good because you know what you're going to get.

Yet after 22 books (18 novels, 4 novellas), you expect /some/ character development. But it was just the same old thing.

Like many others, I want Stephanie to just choose a guy already or just accept that she is a two guy girl. The latter is unlikely because of the underlying prudishness of her charact...more
Wanda
As you can tell from my rating, I found this book to be terribly disappointing.

I love Ranger, and I hate how Evanovich turned him into nothing more than a booty call for Steph, who is still too immature to deal with her feelings. Even more immature than she was in 17, or earlier books.

I think Steph was stronger and smarter in OFTM than she has been portrayed in the last 5 books. Twelve Sharp was the end of the series, as far as I am concerned. It was the last time any of the characters came clos...more
Wendy F
I'm stuck between a 3 and a 4 star rating.

On one hand, all my old complaints still stand firm. She has got to start putting more time into this series. They all just seem so rushed and like she's not TRYING anymore.

But! I have to say that I have been waiting for (view spoiler). That makes me want to bump it up. Plus I laughed a bit more in this one then in the last two... oh and man, those are two hot men. I swooned a bit.

All in all, I'...more
Reina
Spoilers!

I really thought we'd have some romantic resolution in this book. But it's the same old formula she stumbles through things, gets herself into trouble, and doesn't decide anything about the men and leaves you hanging with thinking "maybe in the next book". Please Ms. Evanovich have some character development/ growth! I'll give the series one more book to improve then I am done with it. I'd also love to see Stephanie get better at her job - going to the firing range, taking a self defens...more
Jeanette
SPOILER ALERT!!!!! Well, what little there is to spoil...









Ok, here goes. I have been greatly disappointed by Janet Evanovich's work with Stephanie Plum's character since book 9 when Stephanie, Lula and Connie went to Las Vegas and Lula was on the meat diet. That was some serious laugh out loud writing. Since then the books have become extremely formulated, predictable, lacking character growth, and boring. I nearly put Explosive Eighteen into this same grouping, but was saved by Stephanie coming...more
Tilly Slaton
Explosive Eighteen is a part of a brilliantly hilarious series featuring Stephanie Plum and her incredible sidekicks.

I am unhappy with this book. Explanation below

Stephanie Plum is at it again. Running from madmen, evading the FBI and police, outrunning mobsters and doing her best to keep Lula from shooting someone.

Being a bounty hunter is positively entertaining in this series. Whenever I need a good laugh, I close my eyes and reach towards my bookshelf that holds my Evanovich collection. I ne...more
Brittany
I really couldn't get into this one. At first, I really thought the author realized that the same old formula and indecision between the characters was becoming absurd and tiring, but obviously not.

The plot was slow and half way through the book I didn't care. It took me less than six hours to read this book due to the enormous margins. There was less humor in this book than in her previous novels- more than a bit disappointing. Thank goodness the library buys these books do I don't have to!
TJ
2.5/5.0

I know, I know... why do I keep torturing myself? I have no answer save that after reading 18 Stephanie Plum books, I want so badly for something to happen relationship-wise between her and either one of her guys that I delude myself into believing character growth is somehow still possible in the Evanovich world. It has to be... books 9 - 13 were rich with it. So..... there are no explanations for the constant, recent disappointments.

This book opens with Stephanie flying home from Hawaii...more
 Arushi
Stephanie Plum is a tramp.

I was sitting on the porch in my rocking chair, whistling to myself as I read a steamy scene between Steph and Morelli moaning and praying to whoever was listening to drop a Morelli in my arms as well. I flipped to the cover to admire the intricate swirls of the title Juicy eighty five.

And then it hit me.

My hands were wrinkled and the reason for my moans wasn’t the raunchy scene but my old knees. I was dreaming. About reading. This book. Even when. I was ninety years...more
Marcia
Let me begin by saying, I love Stephanie Plum. Love her. I love Morelli, Ranger, Lula, Grandma Mazur, Connie, Vinnie, the Burg, and everything and everyone connected to Stephanie's weird, weird world. No, I don't consider these books to be "great literature," and yes, I do think they are formulaic in the extreme. But the formula still works for me, because...and this is a BIG because...it makes me laugh out loud. Every time. I'm always happy to buy the next book in the series, and Explosive Eigh...more
Franny (The Reader's Edge)
I really think this series needs to reach an end. The books are full of the same stuff different title. I think she needs to pick a guy and wrap it up. This book was better than the 15, 16 and 17, but it really hasn't been the same since 12. An author really needs to know when the money train is over and the fans deserve a resolution. I keep holding out for it to get back to the magic at the beginning of the series. In addition to all this, the ebook prices for these books are unreasonable.

Ok....more
Amanda
Okay. So I've been a Plum fan for over a year now, and I will admit, somewhere around number 12/13, my interest in these books did head downhill, but only just a little. I knew, even after reading all the reviews, and the 1 star ratings, that I would read this book, because I love this series and unless a book is completely, unreadably BAD, I usually want to finish a series (even though this one seems to be ever-lasting!).

So why the 4 stars? Because I LIKED this book. It felt like coming home. Y...more
Cheryl
I always enjoy this series. Yes, it is formulaic, even if the details change. But, I'm not sure how readers would respond if she did change things. There is no need for me to rehash the blurb from the back of the book. But, I have to say that Joyce was quite entertaining in this book. I'm guessing if Stephanie did go up to her parents' house and talk to them either her mom would behave just like her, or she would be a person who is oblivious to most things going on around her.

Honestly, most of...more
Jacqueline
Don't have much to say about this one. I was frustrated throughout the whole book at how she continues to suck at her job and fail to catch skips. I'm still tired of the love triangle. I think Stephanie should be ashamed of cheating and she is basically cheating on one or the other of them. At least in this book she acknowledges that what she's doing isn't right. I think Ranger knows he's not going to commit to her so he should have the balls to leave her alone sexually. I don't blame Morelli fo...more
Diandra
Just as I thought, this book was disappointing. Nothing ever really happens. It's always the same story. All the characters are just walking tropes. It feels like every book is the same exact thing, with slight differences in bad guys and occasionally minor character development. I basically hate all of the characters. I also hate how Janet Evanovich portrays them, especially Lula. She is the stereotypical sassy fat black chick. I wish I could like her. Maybe one day she will be portrayed as som...more
Cathy
Definitely the best book Evanovich has written in a long while, not that that's saying much. Nothing changes in Stephanie's world, the characters are exactly as they have been for 18 books. Of you like Stephanie and the early books you'll like this one. The author clearly has no interest in any kind of character development. But this one was a more solid story with less annoying intervals than in some of the books. Well, Lula did shoot someone again, with no consequences, but other than that......more
Katherine
Like many of the other reviews here, I was disappointed again. Not with the book by itself. But at the series. I am tired of Stephanie not learning how to charge her damn stun gun. Seriously, even a moron would have figured this out by now, and Stephanie is not a moron, but we just keep reading the same bungles time after time. And really, Ranger and Morellie, used to be interesting about 5 novels ago, but I am so apathetic that I can barely care less. Even the characters themselves seen apathet...more
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[Grandma Mazur] There's always been true love, but in my day, you either talked yourself into thinking you had it, or you talked yourself into thinking you didn't need it.”
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“As Stephanie and Lula were going after the bad guys, Lula was making preparations from the trunk of her Firebird. Stephanie looked inside and stopped breathing for a beat. "That's a rocket launcher!" "Yep," Lula said. "It's a big boy. I got it at a yard sale in the projects.” 14 likes
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