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4.0 out of 5 starsMagic in Massachusetts
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2016
If you liked the Stephanie Plum Between the Numbers books, you'll most likely find this book to your taste. Wicked Appetite brings Diesel to Salem, Mass, and into the life of a lady baker whose only a little less magical than he, and two of her friends who are human, and a couple of more who aren't, but still add humor and character to the plot. I had to drop a star due to Mrs. Evanovich's insistence on leaving the "of" out of every "couple fill in the blank" which jerks me out of her story telling like a bucket of ice water in my face. It's a unit of measure. A pound of flesh. A rasher of bacon. A couple of hours. Not a couple hours. It drives me to drink! Put those ofs to work and I'll see about my 5-stars.
Warren A. LewisTop Contributor: Historical Fiction Books
4.0 out of 5 starsFirst a Comedy, then a Comedy of Errors.
Reviewed in the United States on July 14, 2017
This book started out really funny, but as it got into this highly far fetched story a bit of the comedy began to wear off. Still Lizzy and her somewhat magical partner were still on the search for four enchanted jewelry insects as the cast of half wit characters around them tried to keep the mood upbeat, the fantasy of escapism for the reader did its job as the book is easy to read and you still have the desire to keep reading in the effort to discover "what's next." A decent read but no Stephanie Plum novel.
I loved the Stephanie Plum series, and I enjoyed the Between The Plum novels. So I decided to give the Lizzie and Diesel series a try, I'm glad I did this book was so fun and funny! I love all the fresh characters and how the spells her friend casts goes all wrong, had me laughing out loud! I had to buy the next two books as soon as I finished this one. I had to keep going to see them find the rest of the 7 stones!! I highly recommend this book!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsWicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel Book 1)
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
My second time reading this series, which is a lot of fun to visualize. Lizzy is a fantastic cup cake maker and Diesel is a hunk and a man of mystery. Diesel is a "unmentionable" with unique powers that are not really explained. Lizzy has the ability to sense if objects are special, as in magical, etc. Wild is Diesel' s brother who does not work for the good team. So begins the search for special objects. So the quest begins and Lizzy and Diesel team up with a monkey named Carl and a one eyed cat named Cat7143. The bakery shop owner Clara and Glo the clerk up front who sells the products adds more complications to finding the objects. A great relaxing read.
I have this very bad habit of finishing what I start. This book was a waste to begin with and got no better as I progressed to stupid ending. Gratuitous sex, less than childish humor, and character who were boring. Do not recommend to anyone.
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
This story is full of characters and it begins in a New England town known As Marblehead. The caricature Lizzy is a cupcake maker and working in A pastery shop called Dazzle when a character named Wolf calls for Lizzy To come outside and he burns the top of her hand, and says I will be Back for you.
I'm a big fan of Janet Evanovich. I loved "One for the Money" and have read every book in the Plum series. Even though it's getting beyond repetitive at this point, Janet still makes the Plum books fun to read and I still laugh out loud at her stories. I'm set to purchase number 19 in November and looking forward to it too.
So why, WHY, did we need to create a nightmare of a Plum spinoff in the form of the "Wicked" series?
When I first began reading the book, the writing was so horrid that I wondered if maybe Evanovich's doppelganger had played a dirty trick on all of us. Could this really be the witty Evanovich's work? I couldn't believe it. The characters are recycled versions of dear Stephanie and Morelli only Lizzy is ten times more annoying considering her involvement in the story is minimal at best; and Diesel should just be shot... really, get it over with. Carl the monkey?? Can't even comment.
It's unbelievably sad that I would ever rate Evanovich's work 2-stars. For any that haven't read the Plum series and are considering this book as their first sample of Evanovich's writing... STOP! Go read "One for the Money" and enjoy. Navigate away from this page while you still have a chance. And don't look back.
It's even sadder that I couldn't even finish this book even though I really tried. The book's concept started out so interesting as though it were about to break into a great fantasy story, but it just took a horrible turn for the worse. I'm deeply sorry, Janet, but I can't read this book. It's bad.... So very bad.
5.0 out of 5 starsWicked Appetite Review by Baroness' Book Trove
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2015
We all know that Diesel is one of those characters that were in the Stephanie Plum novels that were in between the numbers throughout the series. Well for a while that is. He is now in Wicked Appetite with his own series and it is a good one.
This whole book..well book series is all in Elizabeth Tucker's point of view. Lizzy and Diesel are all pretty good and everything works. I love this book and the book series. It's all good. The first Seven Deadly sin that we encounter is gluttony. I love this book and I give it a five star. This book has a bunch of quirky characters. I think that this book series could be better than Stephanie Plum's series.
This book series is really good and it's awesome. Despite what anyone thinks of it this series is a good one. I love it very much.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2010
I have read other novels written by Janet Evanovich and I always find her style funny and entertaining but this book was a bit better than I was expecting. This is a simple story but well organized and the action starts off on the first chapter, without the usual long and tedious introduction chapters where characters tell how their parents met and fell in love. It has a lot of good ingredients to make this a charming book for christmas holidays. There is a crazy town full of magical or "unmentionables" and some "questionables" that confuse spells. We have gluttony in all of its possible forms and cupcakes galore. We have a main character that is funny and easy to like and two magical guys. I was not sold in the choice of names, because, come one, the guy is called Diesel and that was a bit too much for me, but he is funny, although too similar to a certain cop in the Stephanie Plum series (yes, I am looking at you Joe Morelli) I do prefer this book to the S.Plum series, I think the author has achieved a better style here, it is fast, funny and keeps you interested in finding out what will happen next. But, beware, the book deals with the seven sins and guess what? This book is just the beginning, at least there should be six more coming in the near future.
Lizzie bakes cupcakes for Dazzle's Bakery in Salem. It is rather a quirky town which has never really got over the witch trials in the seventeenth century. As a result there are some very strange people who live there and some equally strange happenings. Lizzie suddenly finds herself the centre of attention for two very attractive men - one of whom is quite scary and leaves a burn mark on her hand by just touching her. The other one wants to protect her because she has hidden talents.
They are off on a search for some priceless relics which could unleash havoc on the world if they fall into the wrong hands. Put that together with a one-eyed cat called Cat, a monkey called Carl and a bakery assistant called Gloria - or Glo to her friends who doesn't quite understand the book of spells she's just bought and the reader is in for a roller coaster ride.
This isn't quite my usual sort of reading but I found it entertaining and well written and I loved the humour. The characters are marvellously quirky and there are plenty of scenes which involved cupcakes. If you want light entertainment with plenty of magical happenings and lots of marvellous one liners then this could be the book for you. I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
It took me the longest time to finish reading this book. I pick it up and I'll put it down, and then pick it up again after some time. I finally managed to finish it though by cheating and listened to the audiobook format. I would say that the story telling quality is not that compelling. However the story building skills is good. The book has cohesive story structure with a beginning, a middle and an end with a central dilemma which is resolved in the ending even if it also gave teasers for the next book in the series. I like that in a story. Authors like that with a "solid story structure" in their book tends to reel me in as a lifetime fan. One of the reasons I picked this book up was that I had experience reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, and I knew that this author has a solid "story building" and humour in her books. So I was so very happy to find out that she has decided to write in my genre, urban fantasy!! The main protagonist though, is too stupid to live although it is kind of part of her character make-up. She's a cook, not a kick-ass ninja. Still it irritated me a little. However, this is book 1 in a series and in my experience, book ones are not always the most brilliant in the series. Besides, for a book 1, Wicked Appetite is a promising start for a new series. Looking forward to reading book 2!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 1.5 Character development = 3 Story itself = 4.5 Ending = 3.5 World building = 4 Cover art = 3.5 Pace = (Approximately 6 hrs and 13 mins listening time.) Plot = 3 Narrator = 4
5.0 out of 5 starsThe seven deadly sins - and the search for them
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 24, 2013
I love all Janet Evanovich books and this one is no exception! Lizzie Tucker has had a disastrous time at school on account of her beaky note, a disastrous engagement with her fiancee getting caught hijacking a refrigerated truck (following which she drinks vodka, cries and falls off the toilet and ends up in hospital with a patched up nose which is now cute) and now a distastrous encounter with Gerwulf Grimoir, Diesel's werewolf type cousin. Her aunt died and left her the house just after she was 28 so she moved to Salem and became a baker of cakes and that is where they first met. They are all after the stones of the 7 deadly sins and Gerwulf is determined to beat them to it. The shopgirl, Glo, is late one morning because she called into the shop on Essex street that sold newts' eyeballs and suchlike and she bought a book called 'Ripples' book of Spells' - and that is where the fun really starts. Some spells sort of work and some work too much and it is difficult to get them right. Another unputdownable book with lots of intrigue and lots of laughs.
This is a very funny and entertaining read about Lizzy, who has inherited a house from her eccentric Great Aunt Opelia and is working in a bakery in Salem. Life is good and she is working on a cookbook she hopes to get published and enjoying baking up gorgeous cupcakes when a black car pulls up outside one morning. Suddenly, Lizzy's life changes forever with the arrival of the dark and sinister Wulf, followed shortly by the gorgeous Diesel. Both men are looking for something and, apparently, Lizzy is one of only two people who can help them find it. When Diesel insists only he can protect Lizzy from Wulf he moves in and suddenly Lizzy's life is becoming crazier by the minute.
Lizzy is a very funny heroine, accompanied by a whole host of characters who give some depth to the story. There is Glo, who causes havoc with her "Ripple's Book of Spells", a woman who can only speak gobbldygook, some victims of various forms of gluttony, a one eyed ninja cat and a monkey with an attitude problem. Great literature it isn't, but it's a fun read and would make ideal holiday reading.