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AnnAlysis: Eleven on Top

I’ve read so many of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, they’re all starting to run together. During a couple of the books, I wrote things down that I liked and disliked – maybe I should do that for all of them. I just finished the book last night and I forget a lot of what happened.

From the get go, Stephanie thinks Spiro is back – so, from the get go, I hate it. I hated Spiro the first time, hated him this time.

This book stressed me out a little bit. I know I have a lot to look forward to when Mikey and I start planning our wedding, but Valerie and the Klaughn’s wedding stressed me out. If Mikey starts getting sloshed and staying at work, maybe we won’t get married either. Yikes.

I’m glad Stephanie finally decided to trade in her stun gun. Yes, I thought it was cool that she was a bounty hunter, but I really don’t want her to get killed. Ends up, crazier stuff happens when she has a desk job than when she was chasing the bad guys. Imagine that.

One thing I can’t stop thinking about, Mama Macaroni. She still scares me … and her mole, I keep dreaming about Moley Moley Moley! Not cool!

I need something huge to happen and stick in my mind in the next couple of books. They’re good, but they’re all running together. So, for that reason, I only give Eleven on Top 2 bookmarks.
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AnnAlysis: One for the Money

Originally Posted: January 19, 2009

One for the Money

Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money came to me with a lot of expectations. I heard it would make me laugh out loud (which is always refreshing) and I haven’t heard one review. I got more than I bargained for!

Stephanie Plum is the girl we all are in our dreams. Yeah, she lost her job selling cheap lingerie, but now she is a bounty hunter. She starts a little rocky, gets a little beat up, but in the end, the sure shot saves her.

The book is very funny. I had to muffle a laugh a few times. It introduces you to people you’ll love (Grandma Mazur), people you’ll hate (Benito Ramirez) and people you will start to hate, but begin to love (Joe Morelli).

One thing I really love about this book is that it is a series. I got the first 12 for Christmas and I still have a couple to get. I love a series because I get sucked into the characters. In a series, I can get all I can take of them, and more. And since I still have a dozen to go, I think Stephanie and I will be good friends when I’m done.

I give One for the Money 4 bookmarks. I really liked the book, it was an easy read and a page turner. And although there are no complaints, with Jane Eyre being my last read, I can’t give 5 bookmarks to Stephanie, yet. I’m sure I will at some point.

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AnnAlysis: Two for the Dough

Originally Posted: January 25, 2009

Janet Evanovich’s Two for the Dough plunges us back into the life of Stephanie Plum, bond enforcement agent embarrassment. She’s getting a little better at her job. A lot of emphasis on “a little.” She’s still horrible, but hey, she has REALLY good luck. The criminals always just happen to bump right into her.

I didn’t really like this book as much as the first one. I wasn’t a fan of the plot. I know it’s a murder mystery, but most of the time I was confused (it doesn’t take much, don’t rub it in).

I still loved Grandma Mazur. I am still skeptical about Morelli. He’s a typical guy (sorry). He wants to have his cake and eat it too. I love Stephanie, that’s a given. If you don’t like her, you’re SOL.

In this book though, I wasn’t a fan of the characters. Duh, they’re the bad guys, but I hated reading about them. Kenny was a jerk and Spiro was a creeper. Shoo… that’s my rant against killers.

I give Two for the Dough 2 bookmarks.

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AnnAlysis: Three to Get Deadly

Originally Posted: January 30, 2009

Janet Evanovich’s Three to Get Deadly was my snow read. The one good thing about crappy winter weather is I’m getting my reading done. Yes, it’s on co-workers couches because I can’t make it home, but still. (PS: Thanks if you let me stay on your couch)

I liked this one better than Two for the Dough. I liked that Lula has a bigger role, that Stephanie is getting better, but still gets knocked out and there were A LOT of twists.

This wasn’t one that if you read half you know what’s going to happen. You have to read the whole thing, but it won’t let you down.

I missed Grandma Mazur this time around, but you can’t win them all.

PS: I really hope none of the old guys that give your kids candy are like Uncle Mo! YIKES!

One pattern about the first 3 books, there’s always a cute little joke on the last page. It’s nice to end on an up beat.

I give Three to Get Deadly 3 bookmarks.

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AnnAlysis: Four to Score

Originally Posted: February 8, 2009

Now that I’ve finished the fourth book in the series, I’m realizing the little things that make me like series so much. Of course, there’s the fact that Stephanie has the job many wish we could have. Who wouldn’t love to kick some butt and get paid for it?

I also love the fact that all the women carry guns. At the beginning of Four to Score, they’re all sitting around the bond office having a “gun off”, if you’ll call it. Even Grandma Mazur has a gun. I don’t know many women — well any at all — that carry guns around here. Maybe there’s a secret society or something I’ve been missing out on. But in the Burg, if you don’t have a gun, you’re the one out of the loop.

I am starting to appreciate Janet Evanovich’s writing. One thing I noticed in this book is she has a way of writing about the characters. If you haven’t read the previous books, there’s a short synopsis of who they are. But if you’ve read them, it’s not too much to where it’s repetitive. It catches you up and gives you an idea without being overkill.

I liked Four to Score. I like that Stephanie sticks with it even though she gets firebombed and her car soaked in gasoline and blazed. I also like that some “co-stars” have come into play. Love former “ho” Lula and man-in-dress Sally.

I give Four to Score 3 bookmarks.
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AnnAlysis: High Five

Originally Posted: February 14, 2009

I have liked all the Stephanie Plum novels, but I really, really liked High Five.

I love the fact that this one deals with family issues. I’d like to think that if one of my family members went missing, I could help put the pieces together to find them. I’d hope not to get my car and everything else blown up , but hey …. that doesn’t happen in real life. Right?

Reese Witherspoon and Wendy Finerman are working on a movie based on One for the Money and I really hope they cast The Rock as Ranger. That’s who I imagine when Ranger comes into play. And in this book, he had a bigger role. His character is so shady, it makes you wonder what goes on in his head. It’s a little irritating, but it keeps you guessing. Oh and the porsche and beemer don’t hurt either.

And finally, I liked how she ended book 5. You had to start book 6 right away because it left you hanging. Of course I won’t spoil it for you. Open Hot Six!

I give High Five 4 bookmarks.


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AnnAlysis: Hot Six

Originally Posted: February 21, 2009

Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels always keep me wondering. Yes, it drives me nuts when I see I only have 20 pages left and still no answer, but of course it keeps me reading.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Hot Six at first because I’m a Ranger fan and at the beginning he’s being accused of murder. Luckily, Ranger saved the day and restored my faith. He never lets me down.

I loved that Grandma Mazur moved in. She’s hilarious, always saying silly things. I can imagine her taking driving lessons, it’s kind of the same picture I see when I think of my brother driving. YIKES!

And what’s a good Stephanie novel without guns, fights and a little B&E? Action packed to say the least. Not to mention the gun cartel. Cartel’s always spice it up a notch. I can see Alexander Ramos running down the street with track suit on (all those guys wear track suits.)

Another book, something else I’m really liking. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I love the endings. This is one you have to immediately start Seven Up to see what happened. Cliff hanger I think is the appropriate word. What will Miss Stephanie do? Say yes to the proposal? Dum Dum Dum Dum….. until next time!

I give Hot Six 4 bookmarks.
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