Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum #18)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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)[Morelli and Ranger to finally come to blows (hide 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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
So why the 4 stars? Because I LIKED this book. It felt like coming home. Y...more
Honestly, most of...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.”