Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Audio Book Review: Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich


Title: Wicked Appetite
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Adult Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: September 14, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN-13 Book: 9780312652913
Audiobook Publisher:  Macmillan Audio
ISBN-13 Audio:  9781427210456
Length:  7 hours
Disclosure: I was given a copy of the book from my mother and checked out a copy of the audiobook from my public library.  This is my honest review!



Wicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel, #1)Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:
Lizzy likes her little house in Salem, MA, her job baking the best cupcakes, and her seemly normal life. Until one day a handsome, but evil looking stranger burns her with a touch and the hot looking Diesel pops into her life telling her she is an unmentionable, and has the ability to sense empowered objects when she touches them. Now her life is turned upside down as she finds herself saddled with a one-eyed cat, a monkey, and Diesel who won’t go away until she finds the gluttony stone.

Review:
Janet Evanovich has a way of writing which always brightens my day. Sometimes you need a good laugh, and you can usually find one in her books—no matter how ridiculous it is. I can honestly say I have needed some lighter fare in my reading lately and Evanovich lets me have that.

Her characters are always quirky. You have Lizzy who reminds me a lot of Stephanie in the Stephanie Plum novels. She seems normal, but her life is anything but normal. All the weird and fun characters that walking in and out of Lizzy’s life are a riot. Nobody else makes odd seem normal the way Evanovich does.

The story is lighthearted and despite the danger never takes itself too seriously. I love that I can pick these novels up and they put me in a good mood in no time. Reading Evanovich is bibliotherapy for me. It is escapism at its best, and best of all they make me laugh.

I know some people complained about Carl the Monkey, but honestly he didn’t bother me too much. It is one of Evanovich’s classic motifs. She has a tendency to over burden her main characters with the oddest set of circumstances—in this case a homeless monkey who gives people the finger.

I won’t say the novel is perfect, because perfect is hard to attain. I admit I prefer the Stephanie Plum novels when given the choice, but even those have been a bit predictable lately. This was an interesting change of pace, a lot of fun, and well worth the read.

Audiobook Review:
The audio version of this novel is published by Macmillan Audio and is seven CDs or roughly 7 hours in length. It is read by Lorelei King who reads most of the books in the Stephanie Plum series, and admittedly for a while I felt like I was listening to another Stephanie Plum novel. Eventually though, I settled in with the characters. King is a very talented reader, and does a great job with both male and female voices—and in this novel Monkeys. The production is well done and free of flaw—it is definitely a good listening experience.

Overall:
This was a fun book, and I needed something fun right now. It has classic Evanovich humor, and an interesting array of characters. A series starter with potential, I look forward to reading the next novel Wicked Business.


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