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Wicked Appetite (Wicked Series, Book 1) Paperback – 16 Aug 2011
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'I absolutely loved this book. . .I just could not put it down' (Goodreads)
'We're huge fans of Janet Evanovich... one of the most enjoyable reads of the year' (Bella)
'As usual Evanovich has you laughing out loud throughout. An excellent read' (Best)
The Seven Deadly Sins were never so much fun... The first Lizzy and Diesel mystery in the WICKED series from No. 1 New York Times bestselling Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum mysteries.See all Product description
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Lizzy is a very funny heroine, accompanied by a whole host of characters who give some depth to the story. There is Glo, who causes havoc with her "Ripple's Book of Spells", a woman who can only speak gobbldygook, some victims of various forms of gluttony, a one eyed ninja cat and a monkey with an attitude problem. Great literature it isn't, but it's a fun read and would make ideal holiday reading.
I do prefer this book to the S.Plum series, I think the author has achieved a better style here, it is fast, funny and keeps you interested in finding out what will happen next. But, beware, the book deals with the seven sins and guess what? This book is just the beginning, at least there should be six more coming in the near future.
However, reading the first few pages of 'Wicked Appetite', I realised that this was going to be a really fun(ny) and entertaining story and bought it.
I was not disappointed. A great and fun story, which made me laugh out loud in several places. Loved the characters of Lizzy and Diesel (I wouldn't mind a bodyguard like Diesel for myself), and adored the character of Gloria aka Glo (hope to see more of her as Lizzy's sidekick).
There were, however, two things I didn't like: One was the monkey: apart from giving the finger every 3 minutes, he didn't do much else. I found him irritating and he didn't add anything important to the story.
And secondly, I didn't care for the neverending cries of "Jeez Louise" which came from Lizzy, who is supposed to be 28 years old, and not 13.
Other than those two things, I really enjoyed the book.
It took me the longest time to finish reading this book. I pick it up and I'll put it down, and then pick it up again after some time. I finally managed to finish it though by cheating and listened to the audiobook format. I would say that the story telling quality is not that compelling. However the story building skills is good. The book has cohesive story structure with a beginning, a middle and an end with a central dilemma which is resolved in the ending even if it also gave teasers for the next book in the series. I like that in a story. Authors like that with a "solid story structure" in their book tends to reel me in as a lifetime fan. One of the reasons I picked this book up was that I had experience reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and I knew that this author has a solid "story building" and humour in her books. So I was so very happy to find out that she has decided to write in my genre, urban fantasy!! The main protagonist though, is too stupid to live although it is kind of part of her character make-up. She's a cook, not a kick-ass ninja. Still it irritated me a little. However, this is book 1 in a series and in my experience, book ones are not always the most brilliant in the series. Besides, for a book 1, Wicked Appetite is a promising start for a new series. Looking forward to reading book 2!
Story telling quality = 1.5
Character development = 3
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = (Approximately 6 hrs and 13 mins listening time.)
Plot = 3
Narrator = 4
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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