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review 2019-02-09 23:24
Review ~ Meh again
Takedown Twenty - Janet Evanovich



Book source ~ Library


Stephanie Plum is a half-assed bounty hunter with the hots for two guys and has a best friend who is crazy. She has the paperwork needed to catch Salvatore Sunucchi for skipping out on his court date, but the problem is everyone loves Uncle Sunny and no one wants to tell her where he’s hanging his hat these days. Oh, everyone knows he’s a mob boss and he murdered someone, but hey, he’s so charming he doesn’t deserve to go to prison. While Stephanie tries to run down Sunny and avoid Sunny’s henchmen she’s helping hot security guy Ranger to solve the murders of several old ladies who were strangled and left in dumpsters. Hot cop guy Morelli says it’s not his case, but he’s helping out some, too. Because why not?


Even though I read book 25 just a few weeks ago, I hadn’t realized I’d somehow skipped this one. I mean, it’s understandable. They all run together like onelongassbook. This one is actually a bit better than the others, but not by much. Only because Ranger is in it a lot and Stephanie screws up even more than usual and actually gets hurt. Does it knock some sense into her? Not really. But I like how it twists a bit more than usual. In any case, this book is marshmallow fluff. It’s no good for you, but it’s pretty tasty in small doses. Light entertainment is all you get out of this one. As usual.


Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/02/takedown-twenty.html
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review 2019-02-01 20:25
Review ~ Tired and Stale
Look Alive Twenty-Five - Janet Evanovich


Book source ~ Library


Stephanie Plum is a bond enforcement agent for her cousin Vinnie’s agency, but now she has to also manage a deli that the agency has acquired through the collateral on a bond skip. A deli that she finds out has had three managers go missing in the last month and all that was left behind was one shoe. Yikes. Never fear though because Lula is going to help her. *cue eye roll*


This series is so stale I want to slap myself for continuing to read it. At least I get the books from the library now and have for some time. The best thing I can say is it’s an easy-to-read brainless fluff book for when you just need to unwind with something completely predictable and uncomplicated. Grandma Mazur is barely in this one, but Lula is there for nearly all of it. Stephanie *still* can’t decide between Morelli and Ranger and I’m sick of her shit. Each book she’s on again, off again with Morelli who she isn’t ready to marry and apparently neither is he. But her one excuse for not considering Ranger is he isn’t looking to get married. What the actual fuck?! That makes zero sense. Plus, in this book she’s macking on Ranger while she’s still in a sort of relationship with Morelli. Ok, that’s cheating full out. At least all the other (few) times she hooked up with Ranger she and Morelli were off again. I can accept that. But this? No. Just, no. I’m not sure I can keep doing this to myself, but I probably will only because I love Ranger. He deserves so much better than Stephanie.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/02/look-alive-twenty-five.html
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text 2019-01-24 00:37
Reading progress update: I've read 147 out of 320 pages.
Look Alive Twenty-Five - Janet Evanovich

Ranger had been making sandwiches for hours. He didn't have a speck of mayo, mustard, or ketchup on him. His station was immaculate. Every sandwich had been perfect and cut with precision.
"Impressive," I said.
He smiled. "I have good knife skills."

This is the funniest thing in the book so far. I may have even chortled."

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review 2018-12-27 04:33
A Swing-and-a-Miss from a Typically Reliable Source
Hardcore Twenty-Four - Janet Evanovich
I dropped Lula off at the office and went to my parents’ house to mooch lunch. They live five minutes from the office, five minutes from Morelli’s house, and a time warp away from me. Even when my mom gets a new refrigerator or buys new curtains the house still feels precisely the same as when I was in school. It’s equally comforting and disturbing.

At this point the series feels a lot like Stephanie's childhood home -- they all feel the same, which is comforting and disturbing for the reader. This book ended up serving as a prime example of that.


I was feeling pretty good early on, when Connie was giving Stephanie a couple of new FTA's to go pick up -- they seemed equally interesting and potentially amusing. There's a man who got upset by the poor service he received at a coffee shop and shot up a few cars in the parking lot, and a "pharmaceutical activist" who was arrested after blowing up a meth lab he was using in an abandoned building.


Actually, the travails of the slippery fifty-two year old who threw a tantrum and his eccentric wife is a pretty fun storyline. But the story of Zero Slick gets derailed right away by antics around his political activism and then leads into the major plot-line of the novel about a potential Zombie-outbreak -- that both Zero and Lula seem to be overly focused on. That ties into a series of crimes where heads are being stolen from corpses at the various undertakers in town.


Yup. Zombies. Oh, and Diesel shows up. I was so glad that he wasn't around anymore, it actually took some effort to remember who he was. Throw in an online boyfriend for Grandma Mazur and things are overfull with the zaniness.


I spent so much of the book just wanting it over -- I did appreciate the story-line about the shooter -- and a couple of other FTA's that Stephanie picked up. I liked almost everything about Morelli for a change. The Ranger flirtation (and things beyond it), not to mention the Diesel flirting, the Zombie story (even when Evanovich tries to ground it in reality), and the Mazur stories just didn't work for me. A little too crazy, a little too would=be comedic, without success.


I like the series, as often as I grumble about it -- but this was beyond grumbling. I honestly had a hard time remembering why I keep reading these. They used to be funny, now I settle for amusing and almost charming. But I know Evanovich is capable of more, and I hope she gets back to form soon - even if it's a diminished form. I'll be back for Look Alive Twenty-Five, but my anticipation will be muted.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/12/26/hardcore-twenty-four-by-janet-evanovich-a-swing-and-a-miss-from-a-typically-reliable-source
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review 2018-10-23 20:47
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Two for the Dough - Janet Evanovich,CJ Critt

I laughed my head off listening to this book. I love Grandma Mazur, she is such a tough cookie and my favourite character. I also like Stephanie's relationship with her mother. The eye twitching was hilarious. 
I don't like Joe Morelli very much and the story didn't have enough Ranger to be a 5-star book but it came really close. 
C.J. Critt reads it amazingly well. Loved it. :)

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