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Review: Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum NovelDetails:  Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

  • Pub. Date: June 2011
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 18








Synopsis:

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. 
 
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.
Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.
With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.
The hardcover edition of Smokin’ Seventeen contains two smokin’ hot stickers inside!

My Thoughts:

As always, Stephanie finds herself in an odd situation at the beginning of book 17 in the Stephanie Plum Series.  At the end of the last book, we found the bail bond building destroyed and now bodies are showing up in what remains of the grounds.  She also finds herself face with another set up from her mother and tracking down a man who thinks he is a vampire.  Don’t worry there are plenty of appearances by both Ranger and Morelli.  

This series has always made me laugh out loud the situations that Stephanie finds herself are crazy and just down right funny.  I will say that for me this book was not as funny as some of the previous.  Okay, I take that back the 2nd half of the book was not as funny.  I know that it must be very difficult to keep the same level of banter between family members and situations going through such a long series.  My favorite part of ever book is wondering when Ranger is going to show up out of the blue with all of his hotness!  This man is almost too much for me.  I love the bad body.  Don’t get me wrong Morelli and his dog are nice too but I love the mystery that is Ranger.  And as always some awesome car end up being destroyed when Ranger lends them to Stephanie because as always something happens to hers.  

I have been waiting for a “vampire” to show up in one of these novels and I think that Janet Evanovich did a great job creating a way to bring this popular culture into The Plum Series.  

I was a bit frustrated with this story because it just seemed so predictable from the very beginning but I know that I know this author writing style well and what comes with that is knowing where the story will head.  

All in all, this was worth the read and I will be waiting for the next one to come out.  

My Rating:

1/2
3 and 1/2 Penguins.  Good story but could have been a bit stronger in my opinion with more mystery
*I purchased this book.  All opinions are my own.

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>Diversion Press Celebrates their 3rd Anniversary: Blog Stop: I Can Make-out With Any Girl Here

>About Diversion Press:

Diversion Press has been in business since 2008.  We are a small publisher looking for quality books.  We are a traditional publisher and DO NOT accept pay from authors to publish their works. We review all proposals, approximately 125 per month, and select books that seem to have the best fit with our goals and interests. Currently we have published 15 books ranging from children’s, young adult, history, non-fiction, and poetry. We are always happy to hear from authors and customers, and bloggers and reviewers.


Our Mission Statement:

We will maintain high standards in the books that we publish to ensure that our readers receive a quality product and that our authors and press are respected for their efforts. 

I Can Make Out with Any Girl HereI Can Make Out With Any Girl Here
By:  Ryan Nemeth 
Yellow Snow Books, an imprint of Diversion Press 
Fiction, Humor 
Distributed by Ingram and returnable 
$12.95 
ISBN:  978-1-935290-03-2 
Paper, 188 pages 
Release Date:  November 15, 2010


Blurb From Diversion Press:



Donny Blake spends his first semester as a college student at Kulhman University doing the 
typical college student activities–partying, picking up girls, studying, and trying to avoid Ugly 
Jen. When the bank starts giving Donny free money and his French teacher expresses interest in 
him, Donny comes to the realization “I can make out with any girl here”. Will it all far apart 
when ants move into Donny’s room and stolen fetal pigs attract the administration’s attention or 
will he make it through his first semester of college? Find out through diary entries, text 
messages, e-mails, and police reports. I Can Make Out with Any Girl Here–the story of Donny 
Blake’s first semester at Kulhman University. A must read for all students about to enter college, 
college freshman, current college students, or those just wanting to remember what it was like.


My Take:


This was a very funny if not exaggerated take on a college student’s first semester on campus away from the rules and regulations of parents.  The book is written as somewhat like a journal – at least for most of the book there are a few newspaper articles and transcripts from various events.  It touches on everything from making new friends (or not), to relationships, money management, and just getting into trouble that you never would expect.  I used this book as my teaser for teaser Tuesday this week and was amused at the hypothesis people had for what was going on in the book.  I did not share that it was a humorous story so it got to be very interesting. Overall, I think that the book was funny but is probably better suited for a man looking back at his college days instead of a women reading it.  The connections to how the character feels would be easier for a man to understand.   There were times during the story that I just had to shake my head at what Donny thought or was doing.  I still enjoyed the funny commentary.


My Rating:


I would give this book 3.5 stars.  While it was funny and amusing, it is not something that I would pick up and read again in the future.  A one time story for me.  Now this opinion might be different from different readers.  

From the Author:

I am pleased to announce that the author of I Can Make-out with Any Girl Here, Ryan Nemeth has agreed to join us today to help Diversion Press celebrate.  Here is a picture he had to share, along with a quick comment to go along with it.


Hannah and Holly Blossom, “The Blossom Twins” — professional wrestlers from Manchester, England, who have both read and loved the book!

Please leave either Ryan or Diversion Press a comment here.  


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Diversion Press Celebrates their 3rd Anniversary: Blog Stop: I Can Make-out With Any Girl Here

About Diversion Press:

Diversion Press has been in business since 2008.  We are a small publisher looking for quality books.  We are a traditional publisher and DO NOT accept pay from authors to publish their works. We review all proposals, approximately 125 per month, and select books that seem to have the best fit with our goals and interests. Currently we have published 15 books ranging from children’s, young adult, history, non-fiction, and poetry. We are always happy to hear from authors and customers, and bloggers and reviewers.


Our Mission Statement:

We will maintain high standards in the books that we publish to ensure that our readers receive a quality product and that our authors and press are respected for their efforts. 

I Can Make Out with Any Girl HereI Can Make Out With Any Girl Here
By:  Ryan Nemeth 
Yellow Snow Books, an imprint of Diversion Press 
Fiction, Humor 
Distributed by Ingram and returnable 
$12.95 
ISBN:  978-1-935290-03-2 
Paper, 188 pages 
Release Date:  November 15, 2010


Blurb From Diversion Press:



Donny Blake spends his first semester as a college student at Kulhman University doing the 
typical college student activities–partying, picking up girls, studying, and trying to avoid Ugly 
Jen. When the bank starts giving Donny free money and his French teacher expresses interest in 
him, Donny comes to the realization “I can make out with any girl here”. Will it all far apart 
when ants move into Donny’s room and stolen fetal pigs attract the administration’s attention or 
will he make it through his first semester of college? Find out through diary entries, text 
messages, e-mails, and police reports. I Can Make Out with Any Girl Here–the story of Donny 
Blake’s first semester at Kulhman University. A must read for all students about to enter college, 
college freshman, current college students, or those just wanting to remember what it was like.


My Take:


This was a very funny if not exaggerated take on a college student’s first semester on campus away from the rules and regulations of parents.  The book is written as somewhat like a journal – at least for most of the book there are a few newspaper articles and transcripts from various events.  It touches on everything from making new friends (or not), to relationships, money management, and just getting into trouble that you never would expect.  I used this book as my teaser for teaser Tuesday this week and was amused at the hypothesis people had for what was going on in the book.  I did not share that it was a humorous story so it got to be very interesting. Overall, I think that the book was funny but is probably better suited for a man looking back at his college days instead of a women reading it.  The connections to how the character feels would be easier for a man to understand.   There were times during the story that I just had to shake my head at what Donny thought or was doing.  I still enjoyed the funny commentary.


My Rating:


I would give this book 3.5 stars.  While it was funny and amusing, it is not something that I would pick up and read again in the future.  A one time story for me.  Now this opinion might be different from different readers.  

From the Author:

I am pleased to announce that the author of I Can Make-out with Any Girl Here, Ryan Nemeth has agreed to join us today to help Diversion Press celebrate.  Here is a picture he had to share, along with a quick comment to go along with it.


Hannah and Holly Blossom, “The Blossom Twins” — professional wrestlers from Manchester, England, who have both read and loved the book!

Please leave either Ryan or Diversion Press a comment here.  


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>Review: My Double Life

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Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 272pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Her whole life, Alexia Garcia has been told that she looks just like pop star Kari Kingsley, and one day when Alexia’s photo filters through the Internet, she’s offered a job to be Kari’s double. This would seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, but Alexia’s mother has always warned her against celebrities.
Rebelliously, Alexia flies off to L.A. and gets immersed in a celebrity life. Not only does she have to get used to getting anything she wants, she romances the hottest lead singer on the charts, and finds out that her own father is a singing legend. Through it all, Alexia must stay true to herself, which is hard to do when you are pretending to be somebody else!

My Review:

This was a very simple read just a nice relaxing book.  While it was predictable in what was going to happen in the book it was still an enjoyable read. 

I enjoyed Alexia and her very normal life that many teens living here in the US are living everyday.  She is down to earth while being smart and like most smart girls the target of the popular girls in school.  She gets whisked away into the fantasy life of superstar Kari Kingsley to be her double since Kari does not perform well in public as she is a spoiled superstar who is going through issues of her own.  Alexia hears some hard lessons in this story but ends up in a very positive place, that I was not really expecting.  I was pleased that the book did not end there I thought it was going to.

There was good character development in the book.  Each person was well defined and there were not conflicts.  The plot was pretty predictable but good.  While I would not pick this book up and reread it, I would say that if you are looking for a relaxing book this is a good choice.

My rating 3.5 out of 5. 

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Review: My Double Life

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Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 272pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Her whole life, Alexia Garcia has been told that she looks just like pop star Kari Kingsley, and one day when Alexia’s photo filters through the Internet, she’s offered a job to be Kari’s double. This would seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, but Alexia’s mother has always warned her against celebrities.
Rebelliously, Alexia flies off to L.A. and gets immersed in a celebrity life. Not only does she have to get used to getting anything she wants, she romances the hottest lead singer on the charts, and finds out that her own father is a singing legend. Through it all, Alexia must stay true to herself, which is hard to do when you are pretending to be somebody else!

My Review:

This was a very simple read just a nice relaxing book.  While it was predictable in what was going to happen in the book it was still an enjoyable read. 

I enjoyed Alexia and her very normal life that many teens living here in the US are living everyday.  She is down to earth while being smart and like most smart girls the target of the popular girls in school.  She gets whisked away into the fantasy life of superstar Kari Kingsley to be her double since Kari does not perform well in public as she is a spoiled superstar who is going through issues of her own.  Alexia hears some hard lessons in this story but ends up in a very positive place, that I was not really expecting.  I was pleased that the book did not end there I thought it was going to.

There was good character development in the book.  Each person was well defined and there were not conflicts.  The plot was pretty predictable but good.  While I would not pick this book up and reread it, I would say that if you are looking for a relaxing book this is a good choice.

My rating 3.5 out of 5. 

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