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 toOkay, 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, old friends that NEVER change-- but still a fun read.
I've voiced my complaints in reviews for past Plum novels about the marked lack of forward progress and character development. Well, at the end of Smokin' 17 Evanovich presented herself with the perfect opportunity to go a little outside the box and move the story forward -- Stephanie gets a trip for 2 to Hawaii -- the cliff hanger at the end of the book is -- who's she gonna bring? Ranger or Morelli?? I know, I know, pretty lame for a cliff hanger, (but when it comes to Ranger& Morelli, I'm a cheap date).
So I, (still firmly in "sucker mode"), preorder the book, blurb unread, and anxiously wait for it to arrive only to find (drum roll please)
.....Stephanie coming home from Hawaii & getting off the plane in New Jersey...
Thus missing a fantastic opportunity for Evanovich to get Stephanie outside of her comfort zone, maybe get a little more in-depth with the hottie she brought with her -- no such luck
I. Am. Beyond. Pissed.
This seemed to be the "travel season" for several of my favorite series, most notably Eve & Roarke/In Death (N.Y. to Dallas) series by J.D. Robb & the Mercy Thompson series(River Marked) by Patricia Briggs. While missing the supporting cast of characters in these series, we got much more in depth with the main characters and there was some definite personal growth going on......
Not so with Explosive 18....
Never (it seems) with Stephanie Plum. I guess the same jokes/situations /scenarios/car "mishaps"/Grandma Mazur/Lulu eating jokes are going to stay firmly place...and getting a little less funny with each subsequent incarnation.
I was in love with this series. It was one of my favorites. Then, somewhere around Fearless 14, I started getting the feeling that Janet Evanovich was phoning these books in.
Okay, reality check here. Stephanie Plum's a bounty hunter. A really inept bounty hunter. A really inept bounty hunter that someone's always trying to kill, maim, run over or blow up. She has a really close "friendship" with Ranger -- a totally bad-ass bounty hunter with his own security company, who would be MORE than happy to provide weapons & self-defense training (I'm sure).
What does Stephanie do???
She still keeps her gun in the cookiejar, her stun gun is never charged when she needs it, and her pepper spray is usually empty. She stumbles into situations becomes a “damsel in distress” and then Ranger pulls her ass out of the fire -- yet again. I swear, Rex the Hamster has better honed survival instincts than Stephanie. Her mother has every right to be worried about her; she SHOULD get a job at the button factory.
As for the man issues…just for the record, I’m definitely Team Ranger. Morelli & Stephanie have history, they know everything about each other and they’re comfortable. BUT who’s always there for her when she needs him with cars, assistance and saving her life? Ranger. (Plus, as an added bonus, he’s got that whole dark, hot, mysterious bad boy thing going on). Actions speak louder than words, after all…..
Will I read 19, 20, 21, etc? Probably -- I'm hooked.
Will I run out and buy it retail (hardcover or paperback)? No way.
I hate to say it, but the Stephanie Plum series has been downgraded to my "Used Bookstore Shopping List" ...more
Let me tell you a funny story about what happened to me on my way to the grocery store…
It’s around 10am, and I’m walking out of my house to my car, anLet me tell you a funny story about what happened to me on my way to the grocery store…
It’s around 10am, and I’m walking out of my house to my car, and the mailman is just coming up my walkway with a box. I go back inside to open it, (because, hey, you know, I have a strict “no package left behind” policy), and much to my delight it’s my copy of The Great Lenore.
Well, I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book, so I figured I’d sit down for a couple of minutes and just read “a couple of chapters”. Whet my appetite a little….
“Somewhere a clock ticked. Somewhere, time disappeared.”
Well, when next I looked up (after finishing the book in its entirety), it’s 7:30 pm, and I guess I’d better start scrounging something for dinner, since I never did make it to the grocery store.
If you read one book this year, Hell, in the next TEN years, read The Great Lenore. I’m going to find some food and write a proper review for this incredible novel.
Update - 8/12/14: Note to self as to why I NEVER read the 4th book in a series......'cause after reading books 1 through 3, I had to re-read four (whiUpdate - 8/12/14: Note to self as to why I NEVER read the 4th book in a series......'cause after reading books 1 through 3, I had to re-read four (which is now a WAY COOLER read now that I have the entire back-story)
Okay, I did something with this book that I NEVER do…
I read the fourth book in a series first…
I couldn’t help it. I picked up the book on impulse, books 1-3 weren’t available, and the book description was just too much to resist.
I was resigned to the fact that I was probably going to have to work to read this book, spending the entire time playing “catch-up” on all the world-building and plot lines I missed in the first 3 books. I was wrong. This book captured me, had me totally immersed in the Weird and Connor Grey by page 7, and kept me there 'til 3am when I finished the book, still wanting more. This is one of those books that every once in a while, you just sit back in awe and marvel at how beautiful the writing is.
In Unperfect Souls Mark Del Franco has done what very few have been able to do...make a new reader starting mid-series feel right at home in the world he's built & the back story missed -- all done with deft, elegant prose that was truly a joy to read. Just enough information to fill me in, and make me want to run out to the store and buy the rest of the series, IMMEDIATELY!!
This has quickly become one of my favorite UF series, and one of my must-read authors. Do yourself a favor, and put Mark Del Franco’s Connor Grey series on the top of your TBR list and check it out. You’ll be glad you did! ...more
Go Wild is the first book I've read by Juniper Bell & it definitely won't be the last! The story was incredibly hot, sexy & erotic, but what mGo Wild is the first book I've read by Juniper Bell & it definitely won't be the last! The story was incredibly hot, sexy & erotic, but what makes it a must-read for me is the quality of the writing. The sex scenes are SIZZLING! The story is well-written, the main characters well-developed and the story kept me turning pages. I'll definitely be adding anything by Juniper Bell to my TBR list!...more