One Minute Book Review: Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

One Minute Book Review - Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

The Summary:

Lizzy Tucker’s life is going along swimmingly until sexy and somewhat supernatural Diesel shows up. Suddenly she’s chasing after a stone that causes gluttonous tendencies, she’s adopting both a cat and a monkey, all while still baking killer cupcakes.

What I didn’t like:

So I changed our format around this week, because I wanted to talk about what I didn’t like before I talked about what I did like, because it kind of mattered. So I didn’t like that Stephanie Plum Lizzy Tucker was . . . well, she was indistinguishable from Stephanie Plum. I mean, honestly, I didn’t see too much of a difference, except Lizzy works in a bakery, and has a wannabe goth chick (maybe? I wasn’t sure of this) as her sidekick. Ms. Evanovich tried to get Carl (the monkey) to eat using a fork again (something that happened in a Between The Numbers Plum book), she had Carl flipping people off again, and I felt like Diesel and Wulf were somewhat similar to Morelli and Ranger, back at the beginning of the Plum series. In short, this was a rip off of the Plum series (minus Grandma and Stephanie’s parents, although Lizzy’s father did show up).

What I liked:

Here’s where the reverse in what I did and didn’t like matters. . . Despite the similarities to the Plum series. . . It was just what I was in the mood for. I was jonesing for a Stephanie Plum novel, and didn’t have one available, and saw that Wicked Charms was coming out, so decided that I would go ahead and read Wicked Appetite. And really enjoyed it. I was expecting the similarities, and was indeed looking forward to them, so I liked Carl’s antics, loved Cat, and Diesel was a comfortable character that I knew from the Plum In Between The Numbers books, so. . . It was good.

Look, the truth is, you’re not going to pick up a Janet Evanovich novel because you’re looking for a new and unique story to dive into. You’re picking it up because it’s the literary equivalent of comfort food. . . It’s predictable, and comfortable, and makes you feel good at the end of it.

Verdict:

I would recommend this to someone looking for a quick, comfortable read. I know that sometimes Ms. Evanovich’s books feel overly predictable, but I’m always going to recommend her books as a great comfort read, especially if you’re looking to finish something quickly.

One Minute Book Review: Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery

one minute book review-chasingperfect by susan mallery

The Summary:

Charity has always wanted to live in a small town like Fools’ Gold, but she makes a big mess of her life when she meets local golden boy Josh Golden. Is she going to fall for the wrong guy yet again? And how will she clean up the mess she’s made of her life?

What I liked:

Susan Mallery did a great job writing some steamy sex scenes, and there were a few awesome turns of phrase at the beginning of the book.

What I didn’t like:

Oh man. I wanted to like this one guys, I really did, and I really tried. I almost didn’t finish it, except it’s very rare when I can’t finish a book. But this book dragged on. Here’s a short list of some of the things I didn’t like:

  • I predicted every single twist except one, and even that twist felt very contrived.
  • There was no plot. And I’m not a big plot person, I’m not overly concerned with plot if the writing is tight, and the characters are great. But in this one having a plot, or having some kind of idea where the plot was going would have been great.
  • Every twist felt like something the writer had thrown in to add drama. None of it felt natural, and like it should happen.
  • The writing was very repetitive.
  • The dialog was unnatural and stilted.

I could go on, but I would be going on all day, and then it wouldn’t be my customary one minute book review. At the beginning of the book Ms. Mallery harkened back to The Gilmore Girls (one of my favorite shows of all time), and that’s what I felt this was trying to emulate, in a very pale and insubstantial way. There was a way to make this story work, and make it wonderful, but it was not attacked in this way. I found myself wishing it would just end already.

Verdict:

I’m not sure who I would recommend this to. It just wasn’t good enough to be a book I would recommend, so, no, I don’t think I would recommend this book. It just wasn’t strong enough.