IMO the Stephanie Plum series has run its course. It was a slog to finish this book. It had none of the laugh-out loud moments of the earlier books and the story line was incredibly boring. Like some of the other reviewers, I don't care for the Diesel and Wulf characters...not my cup of tea. Also, to me this book read like a "I've got to write something to satisfy my contract" book. The series was great while it lasted, but this is it for me.
The Plum books are never meant to be high literature. They are exactly what they are meant to be: fast, fun and pretty mindless entertainment with characters we've come to know.
The premise of 'Look Alive Twenty-Five' is even wackier than usual but what stood out is what's missing: Stephanie's beleaguered Mom and her adorably crazy-wise Grandma.
I laughed with the ketchup/fryer scene. So Stephanie/Lulu.
It seems like the author is trying to make Stephanie less of a ditz and more of a competent professional. She's more detective than bounty hunter in this book. I missed Grandma, but she's there at the end. :)
For the most part I'm a fairly serious reader, but when there's a new "Stephanie adventure," whatever book I'm in the middle of gets chucked aside w/out hesitation!
There was one slight disappointment for me, and that is that Grandma Mazur isn't part of the story, but other than that, I give it 5 stars!
Unlike some of the earlier works in this series - there was a plot. But there was also some sadness. Stephanie P. - the heroine - is in love with 2 men. While both are there when she is in trouble, neither wants to get married. I missed her grandmother popping in and out.
I love, love, love this series! So funny!
While I finished reading it...….I didn't enjoy it at all!
Standard Evanovich fare with Stephanie & Lula makes for a quick, light-hearted read. The typical cast of characters is here, with a small appearance from Wulf (from the Lizzy & Diesel series) to bring in a hint of the paranormal. While it reads like all the others, there are a few standards tropes she doesn't employ this time around. If you've liked the others, you'll probably enjoy this one as well, but if you're looking for any kind of resolution or progress to Stephanie's life, forget it.
I have enjoyed Janet Evanovich's "numbered' titles for a long time. However, I wont't be looking to read any more of the Stephanie Plum series. That is not to say I didn't laugh pretty hard at times with TWENTY-FIVE, because I did. I typically like good crime, thriller and adventure books. I liked the Stephanie Plum series because there was always a good story behind the title and a great sprinkling of characters with some great humor thrown in. However, with this latest book, it just got way too silly for me. So I will keep looking for Janet Evanovich's non-Plum books as always, but this is it Stephanie. Sorry, I enjoyed it while it lasted.
Lots and lots of Ranger ( <3 ) , but I really don't like Wulf (or that theme, or Diesel)....fairly ridiculous, as always. Missed Grandma Mazur and the family interactions in this one too...I'll still read the next one though...gotta find out how it all ends.
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