Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wicked Appetite

I was a little surprised to discover that Stephanie Plum isn't actually in this novel, because I was under the impression that this was the fifth book in the Between-the-Numbers series.  Instead, this book is the start of a new series about Diesel and other unmentionables.  It features Elizabeth Tucker, a pastry chef who has recently moved to Marblehead upon inheriting her aunt's house.  Enter Diesel, a character who has appeared in previous Between-the-numbers books.  Before she knows it, Elizabeth is caught up in a mad race to recover legendary stones that are said to have supernatural powers.  In her typical madcap style, Evanovich infuses the story with humor, romance, and nonstop action/adventure.

This was a fun read, and given my penchant for fantasy novels, I thought the supernatural elements were interesting.  I liked Elizabeth, although she didn't seem to be all that different from Stephanie.  There were some fun surprises, and a few old friends from previous books make an appearance.  Evanovich's books always make me smile, and occasionally make me laugh out loud, and this one was certainly no exception. 

Wicked Appetite (#1 in the Unmentionables series) by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's Press, 2011)

Also reviewed at:
Bookshelves of Doom:  "I felt that it was formulaic, uninspired, and just... weak. Weak, weak, WEAK."
Cheeky Reads:  "If you love Evanovich then you will probably really enjoy this new book and series, but if you are looking for something new from her this isn't it."
A Girl Reads a Book "Despite being initially disappointed, I ended up loving this book and I'm really keen to find out what happens to this trio on their next adventure."

4 comments:

  1. You know I feel lately about Janet Evanovitch, I haven't even read the latest Stephanie Plum book - sad.

    I ADORE your story about inter-library loans in HI, going from island to island, amazing!

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  2. Virginia Gal - Yes, I definitely have to be in the right mood for her books, but when I am they really tickle me. I'm glad you liked that story - I remember being flabbergasted when my holds came in and there was one from the Big Island and one from Maui. How cool is that?!

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  3. I am reading this at the moment, and I have to say, I am not sure why. Just seems a bit more of the same at this point in time. The problem is that I can't let go of a series once I start it, unless it just happens, but I will likely read more of both Stephanie and this new series.

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  4. Marg - I think it's much the same for me. There are things that are still working for me, although I may be lowering my expectations a bit with each book, not sure. When she's on, though, the books do make me laugh.

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