Friday, May 6, 2011

Book Review: Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Genre: General Fiction/Supernatural
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published: St. Martin's Press, 2010
Borrowed from Library

Seven Stones of Power. No one knows when they were created or by whom, each said to represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long -- Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues' gallery of power seekers. He's an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire.
That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She's freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston's North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle's bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it's suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat.
(taken from Goodreads)
Super awesome premise, didn't deliver in the way I wanted it to. While I'm new to the Evanovich party, I think I have a good idea of how she writes and the characters she creates. I tried reading Metrogirl (because the cover is so dang delicious) but couldn't relate to the MC. In this story, while I couldn't relate to her, I was still at least amused by her.

I also enjoyed the food they ate and the cupcakes she described (I would surely eat several of those cupcakes from Dazzles Bakery). Now here's what I wasn't so into: I didn't feel the story move forward much. Sure it moved, but it was every few chapters or so. Not that I didn't enjoy the silly dialouge and the wacky situations. But sometimes, there were entire chapters we could've done without (Carl the Monkey at the supermarket?). I was so into the villian Grimoire and wanted to read more about him! Not so much Lizzy and Diesel's almost annoying flirting. That stuff aside, it was an entertaining read!

All in all, I give Wicked Appetite 2.5 out of 4 stars. It held my interest for the most part,  but didn't necessarily blow me away! Suggested for fans of Janet Evanovich, magic and cute romance.

4 comments:

  1. Great post as usual. Adding this to my to-read right now. I like her books. Have you read the Stephanie Plum series. Good books. The first ones start off a little shaky then they get good and now it maybe time to give it up. Still worth a glance though

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  2. This was the first, and only Evanovich book that I've read. My mom loves the Stephanie Plum books, and I got this for her for Christmas. I like books about magic, so I read it. I really couldn't get past the weird flirting or how quickly Lizzie accepted Diesel's intrusion into her life. It was relatively cute, but her writing style is definitely an acquired taste, and I'm a picky eater!

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  3. @Bunnitaz: Thanks! I think I would like to check out her Stephanie Plum series just so I can SEE what everyone's talking about

    @Nikki: OKAY I'm so glad you again! I felt like I was being way harsh but I'm guessing this is just the sort of stories she writes!

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  4. The Stephanie Plum series is a favorite of mine. I often found myself laughing out loud. I'm not a big fan of Evanovich's other books, though.

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