Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Review: Wicked Business

*"Wicked Business"*
*Janet Evanovich*
Title: Wicked Business
Janet Evanovich
  June 19, 2012

   The hardcover edition of  Wicked Business  contains Plum & Wicked stickers inside!
Janet Evanovich, mega-bestselling author of the beloved Stephanie Plum series, is back and better than ever. Her novels, hailed by GQ as “among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction,” deliver rollicking adventure with crackling wit and hilarious mayhem. And, now, one of the hottest writers today returns with dynamic duo Lizzy and Diesel to prove that when hunting down bad guys, the real fun is in the chase.

When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences, leaving a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and spontaneous seduction.

Janet Evanovich does it again and gives us another exciting un-put-down-able read that is striking a chord with readers everywhere!

Auggie-Talk Quill Rating

I have to say that I wasn't really impressed by Ms. Evanovich. I've been hearing so much about her number series (Notorious Nineteen was recently released) and I snatched up "Wicked Business" when I was finally able to. I realized some way through that I hadn't grabbed the first book in the series. Ooops.

What was a little sad was that I didn't need the first book to figure out that there hadn't' been that much going onThe characters were kind of predictable and a bit boring. The main character was a little to okay with everything, like she was stoned. Not spunky, not stubborn, just kind of "Meh. Whatever. I'm okay with keeping stolen goods in my house. I'm okay with you sneaking into my bed naked when I asked you to sleep on the couch. I'm not going to say anything. I'm okay with that monkey living in my kitchen. I'm okay with being stalked and nearly killed by a crazy ass woman and a mentally challenged renaissance man."

Yes, yes, I understand that crazy stuff happened before in the first book, but the main character seems a little too well adjusted to the cray-cray. Not to mention both of her friends (other than Diesel) are also a little too well adjusted to the insanity going on. The baker woman isn't upset that her bakery nearly gets BLOWN UP, and that some crazy woman is scaring away her customers. She takes it too well that her baker keeps calling in and leaving early because of sword wielding minions, or exploding cars. 

I picture Lizzy as being your average clueless blonde girl but with wicked baking skills and no sex drive.
The story plot was dull, the action stifled, the romance? Forget it. If this were a movie, I would leave in the middle. Probably around the time when they use a monkey dressed in kids clothes to distract a bunch of people so they could steal a MUSEUM artifact... first of all... do people really not see how hairy that kid is? Secondly, this kid has just caused a HUGE mess and disrupt and he hops on his dad's shoulders and they just walk out? No questions asked?


Anyway, it fell flat with me. I got through it, but it wasn't anything special and I probably won't be inclined to pick up anymore of Ms. Evanovich's books, jut not my enjoyment type. 

Maybe yours? Go for it

That's all for today sweet potatoes! 

Until Next Blog, 

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