Tuesday, May 03, 2011

wicked appetite


Title: Wicked Appetite

Author: Janet Evanovich

Date Finished: April 17, 2011

Personal Book Count: 13 out of 75

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Genre/ Subject: mystery

Why did I pick this book?: I picked this book because I have read all of the Stephanie Plum books. We have met the main character Diesel in a couple of those. I was excited to see where Evanovich would take it with Diesel as the main character.

Summary and Review: taken from the author’s website-

‘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.

Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She's not sure about Diesel. He's offering up his own set of unusual talents, promising to protect her from Grimoire. The kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night.

The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that's fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.’

Well, I don’t think I really went into this one knowing what it was going to be about. I read Diesel, but what I heard was Stephanie Plum and Diesel. That left me a bit disappointed when I started. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to like it. But, as it had the same humor as Stephanie Plum, and I do enjoy Diesel as a character, I pushed on. So glad I did. It was a ride of ups and down, typical Evanovich humor, a light easy read, and lots of face palm moments. And this one was back to being a mystery, as in, we didn’t know who done it, until the main characters did. Lizzy’s character reminded me a lot of Stephanie, as in she was the amateur bumbling her way through. It gets a little dippy with the occult stuff sometimes. But it was a fun second story line. And she pulls it off in a way that I would expect from Evanovich. The ending was awesome. It sets up the series nicely and I can’t wait for the next book. Will it become a contender in my eyes with the Plum series? Only time will tell…

Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D

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