Stephanie Plum Parts 5-17 – Janet Evanovich

Wow.  It’s been a while.  Funny how life gets in the way and something like blogging falls by the wayside.

So I’ve been busy.  Part of that busy-ness has been taken up with reading.  I set myself a goal on Goodreads this year to read 50 books.  So far I have read 61.  I think that a big reason why I have read so many in this time is due to the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.  Originally I know I was going to take you along and review these books as I went.  Well, I finished reading Smokin Seventeen yesterday, so I guess I fell behind on that too.

I have thought about updating my blog with a review of Stephanie’s adventures, but to be honest, I really don’t think I have anything new to say, even after reading all 17 of them.  There really isn’t too much different about each book.  They are quite repetitive.   They are good, but Evanovich follows a pattern, which obviously works for her, and aside from slightly different storylines in each book, we still have cars getting blown up, Lula on a diet, Grandma trying to pry open a casket at a funeral, and Stephanie managing to get her man, while all the time being torn between two men – Morelli and Ranger.

I’m a fan of Morelli, I’m a fan of Ranger.  They both appeal for different reasons.  I think that Morelli is exactly what Stephanie needs.  He’s steady, capable, sexy as hell, and he does love Stephanie, more than she deserves sometimes.  The problem is that I think Evanovich has written herself into a corner with her readers because she has made Ranger so damn likable, and sexy, that there would probably be a huge uproar from the readers no matter which guy she chooses.

So overall, I like these books.  They are quick, fun reads.  Nothing in them makes you think overly hard.  I’m curious to find out what happens next, so I will continue reading.  I’m happy to take a bit of a break now, as I wait for Explosive Eighteen to come out in paperback.

By the way, if you’re a fan of the Plum books, and are waiting for the next one, there is always the Between the Numbers Books.  Taking place around the holidays, these books don’t really develop the story at all, and they introduce a character named Diesel, who isn’t in the regular books.  Diesel literally pops in and out of Stephanie’s life, and she is roped in to helping him out on his missions.  They’re short, different, and if you like Plum, worth reading.

Stephanie Plum Parts 3 & 4 – Janet Evanovich – Book Review

Well, the saga continues.  What a blast I am having reading these books.  Janet Evanovich is a genius.  In the next two installments of the Stephanie Plum series, Three to Get Deadly and Four to Score, she has once again succeeded in making me laugh out loud.  Several times.

This series is outrageous.  It is insane to believe that Stephanie et al get into the situations they do and remain breathing.  There are a couple of close shaves – and in some cases desperate need for a shave (when you meet Sally Street you’ll know what I mean).  Stephanie is getting a little bit smarter, but is still desperately inexperienced.  She is very lucky to have people around her that are experienced with the bad guys and that care enough about Stephanie to look out for her.

She does things that make you want to yell at her, but Evanovich manages to keep her so likable, so real, that you’re constantly rooting for her.  Luck is not always on poor Stephanie’s side, and often a simple cut and colour job can turn disastrous, but that’s part of what makes you keep rooting for her.

There are new characters introduced (Sally being one of them), we get to know some previously introduced characters a little better, including prostitute-turned-file clerk-turned-wannabe bounty hunter Lula.  Thankfully we get a bit of Grandma Mazur, Stephanie’s hilarious grandmother added in.  We also see the return of Ranger, Stephanie’s incredibly sexy badass bounty hunter mentor, and Joe Morelli – vice cop that has been weaving in and out of her life since she was six years old.  Will she finally get the Morelli induced orgasm she has been needing so badly?  You’ll have to read to find out.

In Three to Get Deadly, Stephanie is on the trail of “Uncle Mo,” an elderly candy store neighbour from the Burg, who has jumped bail and disappeared.  There turns out to be way more to Mo’s story than meets the eye, as Stephanie finds out the hard way.

In Four to Score, Stephanie is after Maxine Nowicki, a waitress who has gone and got herself into a ton of trouble, and is on a mission for revenge.  Another tale of crazy hi jinks, that will have you laughing, and shaking your head.

So I’m off to the mall this weekend, Indigo has the “Buy 3 get the 4th free” sale on.  I think I’ll pick up Volumes 5 through 8.  Can’t wait!

Have a great long weekend!

Stephanie Plum Parts 1 & 2 – Janet Evanovich – Book Review

I was looking at my book list lately and realized that I have been reading a lot of series lately.  Usually I like to wait until I’m done reading a series, then review the whole thing.  A little while ago though, I started reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.   There is so far 17 books in this series.  I’ve read the first two so far.  One For the Money and Two for the Dough.  I thought since I’m starting from the beginning and have so far to go, that I’d take you along for the ride, so to speak.

So Stephanie Plum is a laid off lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter from Trenton, New Jersey.  When she gets laid off, things start to get pretty desperate, and she goes to see her cousin Vinnie, who is a bondsman.  The position that she was looking for had already been filled, but she ends up on the case to find Joe Morelli, a vice cop that she has known all her life, that has been accused of murder and jumped bail.  To say that she is not emotionally invested in Morelli would be a lie as the two do share a bit of a past, and she has succumbed to Morelli’s womanizing ways on occasion.

The first two books are actually very good.  They are hilarious, quick reads, not really too thought provoking, but totally worth the time.  The family dynamic between Stephanie and her Mother, Father and Grandma Mazur is awesome, and that is mostly because there is such a ring of truth to the relationships.

In the second book Grandma Mazur plays a larger role.  The antics are truly laugh out loud material.  I have always said, that it’s when something makes you laugh out loud when you are by yourself, that you know it is truly funny.

The relationship between Stephanie and Joe is still changing and evolving, but I think they’re heading in a direction that it’s going to become more.  There’s also her bounty hunter friend Ranger, who seems quite sexy and I think there is definitely potential there too.

Knowing there are fifteen more books to go before I get caught up doesn’t seem daunting at all.  Right now I’m looking forward to getting into Chapters and picking up three and four….and maybe five.  I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes. 🙂