I feel like it's been ages since I've posted. I've been super busy traveling, so I've been going in spurts: I'll write up 2-4 posts and schedule them to post, then disappear for a couple of weeks, and do it all over again. I've become an insomniac for the night, so I thought I might as well make myself useful and entertain all of you! :)
Earlier in July, I read the fourth Janet Evanovich book in the Stephanie Plum series: Four to Score. Here's the description, courtesy of Goodreads:
bestselling author of One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to
Get Deadly, scores big with Four to Score, her most thrilling Stephanie
Plum adventure yet. Working for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie,
Stephanie is hot on the trail of revenge-seeking waitress Maxine
Nowicki, whose crimes include bail jumping, theft, and extortion.
Someone is terrifying Maxine's friends, and those who have seen her are
turning up dead. Also on the hunt for Maxine is Joyce Barnhardt,
Stephanie's archenemy and rival bounty hunter. Stephanie's attitude
never wavers - even when aided by Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker and wannabe
bounty hunter Lula, and transvestite rock musician Sally Sweet - and
even when Stephanie makes an enemy whose deadly tactics escalate from
threatening messages to firebombs. All of this pales in comparison,
though, with an even greater danger Stephanie faces, when, homeless and
broke, she and her hamster Rex move in with vice cop Joe Morelli.
As you all know, I've been working my way through the Stephanie Plum series. The first three were pretty good; they all received ratings of 4/5. But Four to Score just fell short for me. The plot seemed long and drawn out, and I felt as though there wasn't enough character development. Also, a lot happens with Stephanie's love life, but it isn't really gone into depth and seems to have been the only rushed portion of the novel. What I did like was seeing more of Grandma Mazur--she cracks me up! But the plot itself was extremely predictable in regards to the threats Stephanie received. *yawn* Overall, it was nothing too exciting. I hope Evanovich redeems herself on the fifth book in the series.
Did anyone else find this particular book in the series to be rather blah? Am I reading them too close together?
Here's where this book puts me for the year:
Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
Page Goal: 12,956/15,000
Have a nice night (er, morning, depending on your time zone), readers! :)