I hope everyone enjoyed (or at least survived) the holiday season. If I were to measure the end of 2011 based on how many books I had opportunity to lose myself in, then the last few weeks shall be declared a whopping success! I spent many a happy day tucked into my papasan chair on my sunny ( albeit drafty) front porch wrapped in a cozy fleece blanket wherein I escaped into exciting and exotic worlds. So while I wasn’t technically at the beach (it is, after all, winter here in New England), I have lots of recommendations for Beach Reads (weather you actually go to the beach or do like I do and curl up in your coziest chair) for the ultimate in beach reading.
Book Title: Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum series #18)
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: General Fiction, but usually shelved in the Mystery/Thriller section
, with some wonderfully warming flashbacks to Stephanie’s Hawaiian escape Newark, New Jersey
Format: Hardcover (and you’ll want to buy the hardcover version for the Plum 2012 tear out calendar inside, I’m sure!)
Publication date: December, 2011
Publisher: Bantam Books,
was 40,000 feet below me, obscured by cloud cover. Heaven was above me, beyond the thin skin of the plane. And hell was sitting four rows back. Okay, maybe hell was too strong. Maybe it was just purgatory. new Jersey
Favorite Passage: <<quote from Grandma Mazur>> “That spying catches up to you. One minute you’re a spy, and the next thing, you’re dead in a garbage can. Unless you’re James Bond. Nothing stops him. He’s balls to the wall.”
Beach Read Rating: 4 out of 5 beach umbrellas
Review: There are many people who have lost faith in Janet Evanovich’s ability to recapture the thrills and laugh-out-loud humor that defines the lower numbers in the series. But after reading Explosive Eighteen, I can honestly say, “She’s BAAAaack.” Well, more like on her way back. Eighteen is better than 17, which was better than 16, etc. If you are expecting a bumbling bounty hunter, Stephanie alternating her sexcapades between Ranger and Joe, Lula needing a regular Cluck in the Bucket fix, a trip with Grandma Mazur to a funeral home, and zany adventures that have you guffawing, then you won't be disappointed. If you are expecting more of an "Oprah" style book where Stephanie grows and Lula gets on a health kick (like many of the Amazon reviewers) then you will find this book wanting. I mean seriously, it is Stephanie Plum. Relax and enjoy the ride! Overall, it’s still a fun read. My only complaint is that I had a hunger for fried chicken for two days afterwards!
Flap Copy: Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to
Only one other person has seen the missing photo—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in