One Minute Book Review: Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Note: Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, I have obtained a copy of this book to read in return for an honest review. 

   one minute book review-Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

The Summary:

Lizzy and Diesel are back, and this time in a pirate adventure! They are on the search for the Stone of Avarice, and this time Wulf isn’t their biggest obstacle. . . Can they find it in time, in spite of possible demons, greedy billionaires, and murder?

What I liked:

So after Wicked Business, I will admit, I was a little bit worried. Especially since I had made a personal commitment to reading this book by a certain time. But from page one I knew that the addition of Phoef Sutton had made a huge difference to this series. The writing was tighter, and more succinct. There wasn’t a huge exposition about what had come before – one of my very minor pet peeves about Ms. Evanovich’s Plum series – information was given as needed. Even better, the stakes were raised! There was actual danger involved, which I loved, and people were killed and hurt in the process. I know that seems to be a weird thing to be happy about, but these books are labeled as thrillers (ever notice that on Amazon, and even in library collections?), and to me there’s definitely some danger involved in a thriller. And finally, I was pleased that Lizzy was had emerged from wimp status, to someone who was a little more gutsy. She was definitely still a little unwilling to be involved in these adventures, but she didn’t just wait around for Diesel to save her, although he still did.

What I didn’t like:

Diesel was gone a lot in this book! I really missed him too. My only big problem with this book, and it’s been a problem I’ve had with almost all of the Evanovich books lately, was that it seemed to have a pacing problem. I’ve had a really hard time identifying what it was in the past, but I realized it with this book. The book seemed over, it had seemed to come to its natural conclusion about halfway through. But to fill up space, there seemed to be some bits smushed in the second half of the book, with a very tense ending. And while it’s not enough to make me quit reading, it does cause me this feeling of boredom, where I want to do anything but read the book. This is not bad enough that I would ding it, and usually the last few chapters move at a rapid pace, I’m just not sure that I appreciate this portion of the book like someone else maybe could. Especially not when I’m comparing it with something like One for the Money, which was pretty well written.

Verdict:

Another comfortable read churned out by the Evanovich “factory”, so if you’re looking for a nice, light, beach read, then this is a good choice.

Remember, if you’re wanting to get your hands on this book it is being released tomorrow, June 23, 2015! If you’re getting it at your local library, I would get on the hold list now, though, because you know it’s going to be looooooooooong!

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