Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

Title: Explosive Eighteen
Author: Janet Evanovich

Publisher: Random House
Pages: Audio Book
Release Date: Available 

From The Back: Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
Only one other person has seen the missing photo—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?
Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii.  And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated. [[from Amazon]]
My Review: This is an adult book, and definitely not young adult

 I've always known audio books were out there, but I never really thought I'd get into them. I couldn't see myself sitting there and just listening. Well, I borrowed my mom's ipod for a day, cleaned the basement, and my room, and walked around with the headphones in my ears giggling to myself at a large majority of Lula's lines, or swooning over Ranger and Morelli. Needless to say, I have been converted to audio book loving. I'm going this review first, simply because this was the first book in the Stephanie Plum series that I've read...er...listened too. Actually it's my first Janet Evanovich novel. 
So although I am eighteen and several holiday novels late onto the scene I loved it. I love all the dialogue, the humour, just the way the characters spoke and how things were described. The reader of the audio book was fantastic with the voices and I think that was one thing that enhanced my enjoyment of it. 
I was literally giggling as I listened. I don't read many adult books, or things that don't have fantasy elements to them, but Explosive Eighteen grabbed me and pulled me in until the very end and left me wanting more.

Reviewer: Ashe

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