Fearless Fourteen - by Janet Evanovich
Our heroine, the irrepressible bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, finds herself watching over a goth teen called Zook, who is heavily into gaming, after his mom can’t make bail and disappears (or has been kidnapped). A lot of people think there is stolen money buried in or near Officer Morelli’s little house—that’s Steph’s Morelli, the cop who is her number-one boyfriend most of the time, or at least when the entrancing Ranger isn’t nearby. The money is the reason behind Zook’s mom’s disappearance, and it’s the tie that binds Evanovich’s various plotlines, which carom about endlessly, not always resolving. Questions abound: Are Steph’s sidekick, the plus-size Lula, and Ranger’s man Tank really engaged? Ranger is working security for a fading but brassy pop star: How does Steph manage to get into and out of her reality show? Can Zook and his sidekicks protect Morelli’s house—and Stephanie—with their homegrown weaponry (think potatoes as missiles)? Where else but Evanovich’s fourteenth novel can a line like “it’s raining money and popsicles!” actually make sense? *Amazon
Ugh, I was so disappointed! I have read countless reviews through this book club about this series with Stephanie Plum. Everyone loves it - did I pick a bad one? I just randomly picked one......give me another to try! I was just so confused/mad. Here were my thoughts: Why were all those people given free reign of her house? Why was she letting Gary (the stalker) and Mooner (the stoner) just lay around all day? What was up with the video game and wood elves? I just thought it was very unbelievable. So if you have made it this far through my review.....give me advice and/or a better one to try. I do like series (love Sue Grafton), so I would love a new one!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games," a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. *Amazon
I was hesitant about a book that talks about teenagers killing each other. Seriously, how can that be a good read? But OMG it was. The book was so well written, I literally couldn't put it down. I assumed what would happen, but I was still on the edge of my seat. And then I was so shocked at the ending. I read the summary for the next one and can't wait to start it. I was a little distracted with the whole Liam Hiamsworth (that I knew played my favorite character Peeta) image in my head. (Correction - Apparently I just assumed the players. Liam does not play Peeta, but Gale. That makes it a whole new book in my head!) But I guess it helped me imagine him more. Anywhoo, if you are debating this series, I highly suggest it!
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