Time for my second to last book review of the year!
Yes, wonderful readers, this is my 19th book review of the year! That means I only have one more book to go in order to reach my goal of reading 20 books in 2016! WOOHOO!
In Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich we are reunited with our bounty hunter gal Stephanie Plum, her guys Joe Morelli and Ranger and her wacky bunch of family and friends. This time, Stephanie and Ranger are out to catch a serial killer who is targeting people who have ties to the Bogart Ice Cream company. To do this, Stephanie goes undercover at the company to help find the killer and bring him to justice. Along the way she gets dangerously close to Ranger (again!) and possibly jeopardizes her relationship with Morelli (again!).
Y’all. I have always been a HUGE Evanovich fan. I’ve read all 23 Plum books, a few “between the numbers” books, the Motor Mouth series and a few Fox/O’Hare books. You don’t read four books in one year by the same author if you’re not a fan. If you read my review of the The Job, you know that I’m probably done reading that series, but I always said I would stick with Stephanie Plum until the end because I was so far into the story. Now I just don’t know. While the books have certainly become formulaic, they were still fairly enjoyable to me, but this one was different. It was really SLOW and the big storyline that carries through all of the books is the Stephanie-Ranger-Morelli love triangle. We made zero forward progress in that department and maybe even took a few steps back. The ending was anticlimactic and there wasn’t the excitement of “the chase” that there normally is while Stephanie is trying to go after a bad guy. Additionally, all the things we’ve come to love from a Plum book like botched funeral viewings, Grandma Mazur and Lula doing zany things and Stephanie’s cars exploding were pretty much non-existent in this book. I was hopeful this installment would get back that spark that the older Plum books had because it had mostly positive reviews on a few sites I looked at, but, sadly, I was disappointed.
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
Superficial by Andy Cohen
The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
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