January 17, 2013

Review: Notorious Nineteen by: Janet Evanovich

Notorious Nineteen by: Janet Evanovich (2012)
Publisher: Bantam Books
302 pages
Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Romance/Comedy

Summary: Stephanie Plum,  who works as a bounty hunter for her creepy relative, is back once again trying to find a skip. This time she is on the search for Geoffrey Cubbin, the man who stole millions from an assisted living facility. In her plan to try and uncover where Cubbin is hiding, Stephanie takes on another job as Ranger’s date. Someone is after Ranger and now Stephanie is in the crossfire. 

Review: Every time I read a Stephanie Plum novel I laugh out loud, and this one wasn't any different.

This quote really made me laugh, and this is only one of many. I even shared it with my husband since he is a Game of Thrones fan...

“I want to be there when you get Cubbin. And I don’t want to be left out of the television show either. Little people are sexy now. Have you seen Game of Thrones? We’re hot."

Full of explosions, lots of eating, food poisoning, a horrible bridesmaid dress, two hot guys, and a Tiki, this one, even though not my favorite, was still hilarious and entertaining. Even though I love me some Evanovich I need to be truthful, so here is the sad part about this book...

Although I enjoyed Stephanie’s crazy antics and the goofball comedy in Notorious Nineteen, I hate to admit it, but I am starting to think this series is becoming slightly repetitive. There are some plot points that I expect in every book, and if I didn't get them I would be disappointed (if you read the series you know exactly what I'm talking about, car explosions anyone?), but sometimes I get too much deja vu when reading. Also, I think it is time that Stephanie finally chooses between Ranger and Morelli. I'm starting to not even care who she chooses, (Who am I kidding? I am still going to root for Ranger.) as long as she chooses. I don't want this series to end, but I'm starting to think that it might be time.  She did just finish book 19, plus there are several novellas that go along with this series.

If you are looking for a light read that will make you smile, then I suggest you check out this series. They may be getting a little repetitive, but if I'm being honest, I’m still going to read every one.

This series can be read out of order, Evanovich gives a little background information in each book. As a loyal reader this can be somewhat frustrating, but not bad since I usually need a refresher anyway. I’m not sure I would recommend reading it out of order though, because it is better when you read all of them from start to finish, and it's easier to follow. But, it is always good to have that option since 19 books is kind of daunting. 

FYI: There was a movie that came out a while ago based on the first book in this series called One for the Money. I am telling you right now, the movie didn't do this series justice. Plus, the first book isn't the best anyway. So don’t let the movie keep you from reading.

Rating: 3.5/5   BUY Notorious Nineteen


  1. I actually liked the movie. I hadn't read the first book in a while though, so I may have been forgetting all the stuff they messed up! But the thought that after 19 books she still hasn't ended up with either one of the guys frustrates me and I haven't made it past book #2, so I can imagine how you feel!

    1. The movie was cute, I just don't think it was as good as I wanted it to be. But as I'm sure you know, books to movies can sometimes be frustrating.

      Yes, the not picking a guy is very frustrating, I mean she leans more one way than the other a lot of the time but no final decisions.

  2. I read the first in this series when it first came out and loved it. I own #2 and #3, and have no reason for not picking them up, other than it is in good company with many other books that I am trying to get to. I did not see the movie since I want to re-read the book and move on with the series first. Thanks for your review.


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