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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Review: WICKED BUSINESS

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
Book 2 of The Unmentionables series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: hardback

About Wicked Business:
When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences, leaving a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and spontaneous seduction.
Source: Info in the About Wicked Business was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12275680-wicked-business on 22/09/2012.

Review:
I had the same dilemma with this book that I experienced with Book 1, it took me forever to read this book. The review copy (hardback) was sent to me months and months ago and I could never finish it. But I keep re-picking it up because I feel guilty that somebody made the effort of sending me this book and I hadn't read it. But I finally finished it. As you can see this book is not that fast-paced for me. Another downer for me about this series is that the main protagonist, Lizzy, is just this side of stupid. However, she is painted as a baker and not as a kick-ass ninja so being too stupid to live is something that might be expected of her character. Still annoyed me a little though... Book 1 saw Lizzy and Diesel chase around for the first stone of power. This book picks up where Book 1 left off and this time around it's for the second stone of power, the Luxuria Stone. This brown stone image here is how I imagine the Luxuria Stone looks like as describe by the book. There are supposedly seven stones of power. I am starting to worry that the entire series might be monotonously like this with seven books. Because judging by the first two books thus far, it is feeling like it is going to be like that... Wicked Business is exactly like Wicked Appetite with the only difference is that the stones they are running after are stones one and two respectively. So I think I'm going to stop reading this series for now and just wait for the seventh book to get released before picking it back up again then I can read them one right after the other until the finale of the series.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3.5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 3.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 2
Plot = 3.5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

Thank you to Headline Publishing for the review copy of Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich received.

FTC Disclosure:
No money received for this review.

6 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

No thanks, I skimmed book 1 cos it annoyed me and arghh I could take no more. I never liked Diesel, he made no sense in the Plum books

Cherry Mischievous said...

Blodeuedd - Yeah, I know what you mean. It took me forever to finish this book. But once I did, it wasn't too bad :)

I didn't know that Diesel also appeared in the Stephanie Plum series. But then I'm only up to Book 7 and so still have a long way to go with that series...

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I feel ya. Sounds like a smart call.

Cherry Mischievous said...

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com - I am not giving up on this series yet, I just thought it would be more prudent to wait for the seventh book before picking this series up again :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh no. I don't know if I could go on either. Good luck to you if you decide to try another one.

Cherry Mischievous said...

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) - I might pick this series up again depending on how it pans out.

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