Sunday, July 19, 2015

Review of Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton

Summary courtesy of Goodreads:

"Lizzy and Diesel return once again in an all-new adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Janet Evanovich and her co-author, Phoef Sutton!

Murdered and mummified more than ninety years ago, bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle once found and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice — the very item reluctant treasure seeker, Lizzy Tucker, and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas . . . or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine.

Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. There are people who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it, and are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil, just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.

It’s a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they are living a charmed life." 

My Review:

This is the third book in Janet Evanovich and Phoef Suttons series that I have read. I think that Janet and Phoef did a great job of keeping old characters and introducing new ones in to this particular story. It allows the readers who read from beginning to catch up with the old characters. In addition, I found the mystery and adventure that Lizzy and her group went on to be interesting and kept me reading until I was done. I actually finished this book faster than I did the other two. It was cool to see how the also incorporated more of Glo and Clara in this book and that you got to know a little more about their history.

If there were any parts of this story I did not enjoy I would say that they gave a little too much of a summary at the beginning discussing the background of the story. It seemed to me that they spent a little too much time on it then they did in the previous book. Also I felt like the book climaxed too fast. It seemed like one moment you were learning about what stone they were going to be tracking down and then they were on the island trying to recover it.

All in all I found this to be a very fun, light hearted mystery that grabbed you from the beginning until end. It is definitely a book you can take to the beach or on a vacation and be able to finish it in that time frame. I am very interested to see what they do in the next book with Lizzy & Diesel's relationship and also how Woulf is incorporated.

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